Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Dr Foster, Brighton Driftwood and The De La Warr Pavilion

"Dr Foster" :- It hadn't been raining. In fact it had been a chilly but very pleasant day. I had a hunch that there was going to be a reasonable sunset so headed off down to the beach for a stroll. I hadn't planned anything so simply followed my nose and ended up walking 1.5 miles from the beach at Ovingdean Gap through to Rottingdean and on to Saltdean before turning around and walking all the way back again. This image was shot as I neared Saltdean. The large puddles and wet concrete are a result of the sea water splashing up over the large protective wall during high tide.

"Brighton Driftwood" :- Not placed for dramatic effect but exactly as I found it. A small tree branch washed up on the shores of Brighton beach as a late afternoon sky helps pick out the end of the pier. It's very hit and miss when you are out and about with the camera. I never know if I'm going to get anything decent or not, especially when it's down to mother nature and random elements. When things happen to randomly come together I am overjoyed. This scene was one that put smile on my face straight away.

"The De La Warr Pavilion" :- Stunning isn't it! This is the crowning glory on the seafront at Bexhill in Sussex. The De La Warr Pavilion was built in 1935 and was designed by a couple of architects by the names of Erich Mendelsohn and Serge Chermayeff. In 1986 the building was protected by the British government against improper renovation which enabled the building to be fully restored (from 2005 onwards) and reopened to the public as an arts centre. The actor and comedian Eddie Izzard (who hails from Bexhill) is an Honorary Patron of the De La Warr Pavilion. The buildings style is often misrepresented as being Art Deco but it's actually a later form of architecture known as Streamline Moderne or Art Moderne. It's an incredible place to wander around on the outside and it's absolutely breathtaking on the inside.

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