Saturday, 4 April 2015

The Shot, Half a Martello and Highchair

The Shot :- Not so much about the ruins of the old West Pier (built in 1866 by Eugenius Birch) but more about the photographer precariously perched on the end of the breakwater with his camera and tripod in order to get the required shot. We've all been there and done it. You see something that you know will make a great image but it's just that little bit awkward to get to or shoot so you throw health and safety out the window and put yourself in imminent danger. The breakwater this photographer was shooting from was soaking wet and covered in green, slimy and very slippery weed. The tide was also coming in at quite a rate (not that you'd know it from this image) and was on occasion splashing up and around him as it hit the Victorian stonework. I was actually standing on another, far more dry and less slippery breakwater to get this mage. Afterwards I walked over to where he was crouched and he freely offered up the fact that he'd nearly "lost it" a couple of times and that he ought to "call it a day".

Half a Martello :- Quite an arty shot and image of the old Martello Tower situated on the eastern end of the promenade at Seaford in Sussex. I had to wait a while in order to shoot it without anyone being in shot but it was well worth the excercise in patience. A Martello Tower is a small defensive fort that was built in the UK during the time of the French Revolutionary Wars (1792 until 1802) onwards. They could hold anything from 15 to 25 men and the were built so that their round shape and thick stone walls could take cannon fire. Martello's (as they are also known) can also be found elsewhere around the world. This ancient defense on Seaford prom is "Martello Tower no.74" and it's the most westerly of defensive fortifications built along the Kent and Sussex coast during the Napoleonic Wars. This particular Martello was constructed between 1806 and 1810. Since 1979 it has housed The Seaford Museum of Local History.

Highchair :- I'm not sure about the date and age of this bench that sits high up on the cliff top near Ovingdean Gap but much of the area was built n the early 30's so am guessing and surmising that this bench dates from around the same time. It certainly looks like it's from the era by its styling and design and also what it's made from. There no wooden planked back or metal legs that you see on the usual run of the mill benches that you find dottend about here and there. This one is made from that odd brown concrete with pebbles and stones in it that was used a lot in the 30's and 40's. It's the only stone bench in the area as all the others are the more modern and standard design of metal and wood.

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