Friday, 5 June 2015

Towards the Storm, Moat & Ruin and Candy Palace

Towards the Storm :- A race between myself and mother nature. The starting line was the village of Ovingdean and the finish line was a pub located in the city of Brighton. I had (approx) a 45 minute walk still ahead of me at this point and the object of the race was to get to the pub before the skies opened and drenched me. I could clearly see the storm hanging over Brighton which was beyond the hill in the distance. The wind was gathering speed and getting stronger, the clouds were scudding across at quite a pace which made me quicken mine! The end result? I made it to the bar with nothing more than the odd drop of rain on my jacket and made it inside just in time to order a pint as the clouds unleashed their payload of water! Perfect timing.

Moat & Ruin :- A very different and dramatic image of Old Scotney Castle that sits ruined at the bottom of the large lanscaped garden of the newer (built in the 1800's) Scotney Castle that's near Lamberhurst in Kent. The Old Scotney Castle is a real 14th Century medieval, moated manor house whic sits on an island on a small lake. Shooting against the light I was able to create a moody and brooding image that made me think of the old black and white films of the 1940's and a few of the early "Hammer Horror" films. It was actually a very bright and sunny day but there was a very high wind that we were forever bracing ourselves against. Scotney Castle is owned and run by the National Trust.

Candy Palace :- From the 8th November 2014 to the 18th January 2015 Brighton's Royal Pavilion had a large ice rink on its lawn that was open to the public (for a fee of course). The rink was big enough to hold 250 skaters per session and it was all in front of the wonderful former Royal Palace itself. In order to add to the festive look of it all the fancy and ornate Pavilion was illuminated at night by blue and pink lights making the entire building look like something out of a Disney fairy tale. The Royal Pavilion itself was built in three stages, beginning in 1787, as a seaside retreat for George, Prince of Wales, who became the Prince Regent in 1811. The most famous stage of its construction was between 1815 and 1822 when the designer John Nash stepped in dramatically redesigning and extending the building which has made it so famous mand such an iconic piece of Brighton's history.

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