Sunday, 31 May 2015

I Could Have Waited Forever, Dovecote & Door and Concrete & Gold

I Could Have Waited Forever :- It was a chilly but calm late afternoon in December. Due to the time of the year the sun was already setting and throwing its hues around with abandon. The tide had got tired of waiting and had gone out exposing the rocks and leaving behind pools of still, clear salt water. I made my way down onto the pebbles and crunched my way across to the natural border of beach and sea. I stood and watched the colours change, the light fade and the darkenss begin to creep in. The image was taken somewhere between the villlages of Ovingdean and Rottingdean near brighton on the south coast of England.

Dovecote & Door :- A white wooden dovecote sits above a wooden door set in a garden wall. On the other side of the door there's the private garden to a house called "The Elms". The garden used to be much bigger and once included the area that this photograph was taken from along with the other sections that are now open to the public. In September 1897 Rudyard Kipling moved into "The Elms" in the village of Rottingdean with his familly and rented it for three guineas a week. It was very much a family affair as his Uncle, the Pre-Raphaelite painter Sir Edward Burne-Jones* & his wife Lady Burne-Jones lived nearby in North End house and Kipling's cousin Stanley Baldwin (who later became prime minister) lived in "The Dene" which also looked out onto the very same village green and pond. After a few years in this ancient and beautiful Sussex village the Kiplings finally managed to buy their own house and moved in 1902 to Bateman's, in Burwash, East Sussex.

Concrete & Gold :- This is the interior of the Catedrala Ortodoxa Sfanta Treime in the city of Arad in Romania. We'd been driving through Europe for hours, crossing various borders and aiming for our final destination which was to be Constanța on the shores of the Black Sea. We were hungry and in dire need to stretch the legs so as soon as we hit Arad we stopped for a break. I'd never been to Romania before. I was fascinated to see old style trams still trundling through the city streets and after walking down a few roads we came across the Cathedral. It was white and very grand on theoutside but once we entered we were suprised to find it was a mixture of plain grey concrete and ornate, lavish artwork. The artwork was simply breathtaking and seems to stand out more than ever with its grey surroundings. The Cathedral is very new compared to the more ancient structures that you find as its cornerstone was laid in 1991 and was consecrated on December 6th , 2008.

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