Saturday, 20 June 2015

Turkish Tent, Prom Wall and Torn Apart

Turkish Tent :- A strange thing to come across situated in an English country park. But then again Painshill Park in Cobham, Surrey isn't your ordinary, run of the mill park. It was created between 1738 and 1773 by the Honourable Charles Hamilton (1704 - 1786) and it's full of oddities. The park and its follies have been lovingly restored by Painshill Park Trust and it's now considered to be one of the most important 18th century landscape parks in Europe. Nothing was left at all of the original "Turkish Tent" from the 1700's. They know that it stodd in the park from 1760 as it appeared on an engraving by William Woollett. During ther restoration of the park archaeologists discovered the remains of the floor with an oval trench surrounding it. Calculations were made to estimate the size and shape of the tent (as well as looking at the old engravings etc) and the new tent was constructed 50 yards to the south of the original (due to land ownership) using the same materials that they would have used in the 18th century.

Prom Wall :- I only shot this a week or so ago on the 11th June 2015. It was approaching 4pm and the sun was high in the sky and lobbing stubby shadows all over the place. I'd walked in over the cliff tops and just as i'd passed the Marina and ventured onto the seafront promenade in Kemp Town I spotted this block in the wall against the harsh afternoon light. I loved the shapes that it created and also loved the way that the repaired section had lighter stonework which added to the overall image, breaking up the central darkness.

Torn Apart :- Standing high on a glistening breakwater with the waves crashing about me several feet below I took a deep breath and gazed out over the water. The date was 24th December 2014 ... it was Christmas Eve. Yet another breathtaking display was put on by mother nature as the sun set on the seaside resort of Brighton on the south coast of England. The clouds were dark and heavy but someone had left the lights on around their edges and water took on a bronzed glow.

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