Tuesday, 10 March 2015

White Grass, Ruined Nave & Church and Treasured Moments

White Grass :- I shot this last year during a wonderful July heatwave. It was taken in Nymans which is a National Trust owned garden, house and ruin near Haywards Heath in West Sussex. The house and gardens were originally owned by the Messel family and therefore have strong Royal connections due to Antony Armstrong-Jones, the 1st Earl of Snowdon being the son of Anne Messel. We'd spent the entire afternoon exploring the house and gardens and were heading towards the exit when I spotted this scene full of light and shade. The sunlit grass in the background was a complete whiteout and I loved the heavy contrasts that it produced.

Ruined Nave & Church :- St Mary de Haura Church is an Anglican church in "New Shoreham" which is oddly anything but new but is in actual fact an ancient and historical part of Shoreham-by-Sea in West Sussex. The church was founded in 1096 by William de Braose, 1st Lord of Bramber who was granted land in England by William the Conqueror. The eastern sections of the original 11th and 12th century church survives to this day but a vast majority of the northern eand has all but vanished apart from the odd clump of ruined stonework. The ruined section that you see in the foreground of this image is all that's left of the back wall of St Mary’s Norman nave. The reason one half survives and the other half didn't is because of funding. The Choir (eastern) section of the Church was funded by the church itself but the northern (now ruined) section was the responsibility of the town's people. Due to the sea advancing inland during the 16th Century a good 50% of the town vanished completely being swallowed up by the sea. This meant that the town's population also halved and therefore this section of the church was left to ruin because there were not enough people left in the town to look after it.

Treasured Moments :- A September sunset back in 2014. In the distance the skyline of Brighton pokes its head up behind the line of the beach and the long, thin arm of its famous pier stretches out into the waves. Near the pier the beach was still busy so this shot exemplifies the laziness of the human race. We like to take in the sun, sea and salt air but are not willing to move more than a few feet in order to do it. The ice cream stalls, cafes, bars and fish and chips are all within a few minutes walk of the pier so everyone huddles together on a small stretch of beach vying for their own personal space. This end of the beach is empty. Not a single soul to be found apart from myself wandering happily along the shoreline with my camera. Just the way I like it.

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