Thursday, 11 December 2014

No Mean Feet, Marina Sunset and Promenade Lighting

"No Mean Feet" :- This was the set of steps that dropped down from the upper promenade to the lower promenade by the West Pier ruins on Brighton seafront. I say was because now it's completely closed off along with the Regency Square subway that it connects with at the bottom. This entire area is being redeveloped and will soon be the site of the controversial 162-metre observation tower they call the i360 ( ). Judging by the tiles on the walls of the stairwell and the design I'd say the steps date from somewhere around the 60's or 70's.

"Marina Sunset" :- Yes, this is a shot of Brighton Marina. I was just east of the huge construction and standing on the undercliff walk when the sun broke through. I rested the camera on the high sea wall and shot direct into the light. I didn't know at the time if the shot was going to work or not but the one of the joys of the digital age is that its always worth a try as you are not wasting film! It wasn't until I returned home and processed the image that I realised just what a shot it was. It's hard to rewcognise that t's the marina at all and to be honest if i'd not taken it myself and someone showed me the image I'd be hard pushed to say where it was as well!

"Promenade Lighting" :- I often find myself wondering just how Brighton used to look. It's looked pretty much like it does now all my life and it looked pretty much like that way back in the 1800's too. But before the Victorians got their hands on it the seaside town (as it was back then) looked very different. It had chalk cliffs along its front with the sea crashing around at their base. The locals, tourists and holiday makers that frequent the city now take it all for granted without much thought. There's the upper seafront road of Marine Parade and there's the lower seafront road of Madeira Drive. Between the two there's the Victorian terrace with it's ornate iron filgree arches and the high concrete wall with the iconic turquoise ralings along the top. But that's the point...this was once a chalk cliff face known as "East Cliff" before the Victorians shored it up and encased it in stone. Madeira Drive was once English Channel. This image was taken from the terrace (before it was closed) that runs along the cliff face. The ominouse stone wall of the cliff lit by an old Victorian lamp with Brighton's iconic railings and lamp post visible at the top. you can read about the reclamation and building of Madeira Drive here :- How a Beach Became a Road

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