Monday, 19 January 2015

Cobalt Beach, Queen's Road and Cropped Lines

"Cobalt Beach" :- That wonderful time of the day when the transition between day and night kicks in. Some call it the "blue hour" and it's easy to see why. This was shot on the beach near Saltdean on the south coast of England. The sea had long receded to expose the large chalk clumps and rocks. It's hard to get your head around the fact that this area dates from the late Cretaceous period which was (approx) 65 million years ago and around the same time as the dinosaurs died out and became extinct. As I was standing on this ancient bit of coastline taking the shot I found myself thinking about the sea moving in and out with the tides and that it's been doing that since time immemorial. Suddenly I felt very insignificant and small.

"Queen's Road" :- A very mundane and rather boring looking shot unless you know the history of the area and how busy the road in question is. This is a section of Queen's Road which is a busy road that leads from Brighton's famous Victorian built Train Station (built in 1840) down to the famous Jubilee Clock Tower (built in 1888 in commemoration of Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee). This means that the pavements (sidewalks) are packed with pedestrians and the road is constantly busy with taxis, buses and traffic in general. I picked my spot and bided my time waiting for a fleeting moment when a break in traffic would coincide with a break between pedestrians creating the illusion that the road was emtpy. It wasn't it was packed and I had to wait 10 or 15 minutes before I got the shot I wanted. So what you are seeing in this image is a shot from a raised pavement with Victorian iron railings looking across the road to a small enclosed garden opposite. Hanover Chapel and Cemetary was built in 1825. In 1845 Queen's Road was constructed and built over the western side of the cemetary! The original boundary wall and railings of the cemetary were kept in place and now form the raised pavement that I took this shot from in Queen's Road. A bit of mad Victorian macabre planning. Many people walk and drive up and down this road on a daily basis without even knowing the history or realising what it is they are passing over at this point. This is the only section of raised pavement in Queen's road. If you look at the churchyard opposite which is known as the Queen's Road Rest Garden the length of the garden is exactly the same length as the raised pavement / walkway. They are connected and are indeed one and the same. The church is still in use but is now known as the Brighthelm United Reformed Church or The Brighthelm Centre.

"Cropped Lines" :- Time flies. This shot has been on file and waiting to be uploaded since I shot it on the 2nd November 2012. The sunlight is sparkling away to the left as I'd been down on the beach and the odd bit of seaspray had hit the lens causing the light to scatter. The field is stiuated by the side of a road called "greenways" in the village of Ovingdean. The village dates from at least 1086 as it's listed the Domesday Book. If you were to walk up and over the hill in this image you'd find yourself behind Roedean School and looking towards the sprawling City of Brighton which is just a couple of miles West.

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