Thursday, 19 March 2015

Three & Four, St Margaret's Steps and Chichester Cathedral

Three & Four :- There's a lot to see and photograph in and around Brighton. But that means everyone with a camera is thinking the same thing a lot of the time. There's one spot on Brighton beach where you can guarantee finding a swarm, throng, flange or plethora of amateur and professional photographers and that's just by the ruins of the old West Pier. If you find yourself that way just as the sun is setting then you will be hard pushed to take a shot without another photographer being in it somewhere. They are like moths to the flame and are all drawn down to the waters edge to shoot images of the twisted metal remains of what was once Brighton's finest pier. Obviously I am also one of the ones that's inexplicably drawn down to the ruins or else you wouldn't be looking at this image at all. Having said that I do live in Brighton and I also remember actually going on that very pier when I was child before she was closed to the public in 1975. She#s now one of my muses and I still love her very much.

St Margaret's Steps :- This is a shot of the southern side of St Margaret's Church taken from one of its graveyards in the village of Rottingdean in Sussex. Parts of the Church date from the 13th Century and it's now a Grade II* listed building. The ancient churchyard was extended three times (1883, 1905 and 1920) and includes the graves of Scottish novelist William Black, music hall entertainer G. H. Elliott and more recently that of famed rock and blues guitarist Gary Moore who was buried at the church after he died in 2011. Most of the stained glass windows within the Church were designed by the Pre-Raphaelite artist Sir Edward Burne-Jones who is buried there along with his wife Georgiana and their granddaughter, novelist Angela Thirkell.

Chichester Cathedral :- A shot of the mighty and very impressive Chichester Cathedral taken from West Street pavement / sidewalk in the City of Chichester in West Sussex. In 1076 a new cathedral begane to be built where the Saxon church of St Peter once stood. The Cathedral was eventually finished and consecrated in 1108 which means it has served the people of Chichester for 907 years! The Cathedral is unique because it has a free-standing 15th-century medieval bell tower (far right of the shot behind the trees), double aisles and is the only medieval English cathedral which can be seen from the sea.

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