Friday, 28 November 2014

Turbulence, Grand House and Gold Splash

"Turbulence" :- There are times when you discover you are at the point of no return. It's just as far to go back as it is to carry on and it usually hapens when you are not expecting it or you are just not feeling up to it. The law of averages says that this will happen to you from time to time, there's no escaping it. This was one of those moments. I'd walked from Ovingdean Gap along the undercliff walk and found myself at the halfway point towards Brighton when the storm rolled in. I'd been hoping to take some sunset shots but the skies darkened and the horizon took on a charcoal grey hue and the sunlight slowly dissolved and then vanshed behind an ominous bank of darkness. I then found myself in a bit of a quandary as one part of me was saying I had to pick up the pace and get to Brighton Marina where there'd be some cover if the skes opened and another part of me was telling me to slow down and grab some shots on the way. Naturally I ended up choosing the latter option and ended up getting a bit wet. I love the balance of light in this shot and the sheen on the sea. No bright colours, just gentle grey and blue hues with some pastel tones at the top.

"Grand House" :- This image makes me think of the old film noir movies of the 40's and some of the old black and white Hammer Horror films too. It's actually a very beautiful house and it was shot in sunlight on a very hot and wonderful afternoon back in July this year. The heavy processing style that I chose is soley responsible for the hard and harsh look of it all. This is Nymans House which is set within a 600 acre estate at Handcross in Haywards Heath, West Sussex. For several generations it was the home of the Messel family. In 1915 Lt. Col. Leonard Messel decided to replace the Regency house with a stone manor designed in a mellow late Gothic/Tudor style by Sir Walter Tapper and Norman Evill. Unfortunately in 1947 there was a huge fire which destroyed much of the building. A section of the house was rebuilt and that became the home of Leonard Messel's daughter Anne and her second husband the 6th Earl of Rosse. The rebuilt section which became Anne's home is the house you see in this image. Anne Messel was the mother of Antony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon, the English photographer and film maker.

"Gold Splash" :- There are several way that you can walk from the ancient village of Ovingdean into the City of Brighton. One of them is to walk through the village down to the coast and then turn right at the English Channel and follow it for several miles into the City, that route takes (approx) 90 minutes on foot. A second way is t walk up to the neighbouring village of Woodingdean and then turn left which will take you over the "Racehill" and then drop down "Elm Grove" into the 'back' of Brighton placing you at "The Level", that route will also take you (approx) 90 mnutes on foot. The third option is only really available when the weather is favourable but it a very pleasant walk. That route takes you down into the old original 'Domesday Book' village of Ovingdean and then up a public right of way that winds through the farms and over the East Brighton Golf Course. It then drops down into Whitehawk and leads you into Kemptown and then Brighton itself, that route is also the quickest as it cuts over the hills and saves you a lot of legwork taking just 45 - 50 minutes on foot. This image was taken on that thrid route just as I was about to come up onto the golf course. The view that you see shows the back of Roedean's famous independent school for girls (just left of center), some of the houses of Roedean itself and a very blue looking English Channel. The shot was taken just after 6 pm in September so the sun was low in the sky and casting a wonderful golden light over the farmland and fields.

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