Monday, 20 July 2015

Inconspicuous, Reeds & Elms and Radiate

Inconspicuous :- The ghostly image of the West Pier's skeletal remains emerges through the thick sea mist on Brighton seafront. No checkchairs, gulls or fish and chip eating tourists to be found here. The stifling fog deadens the sounds of the seaside, tames the waves and replaces all colours with a grey / blue tint. This pier was once a major seaside attraction and featured in many films and TV shows. Now it can only stand and wait for it's untimely demise as each year a bit more of it is taken by the elements. This wonderful Victorian pier was designed by Eugenius Birch and opened in 1866. It provided pleasure for many over the years until it finally closed in 1975. I remember fondly walking on it's boards and planking, playing in the arcades and marvelling at the old Theatre on the end. It's hard to believe that this sad looking structure was indeed the first pier to be Grade I listed in Britain.

Reeds and Elms :- A rather clever title even if I do say so myself. This is a shot looking North across the village pond in Rottingdean, Sussex. The reeds and foliage in the foreground are by the narrow pathway that runs between the pond and The Plough Inn and on the opposite side of the pond (in the centre of the image) there's a large house. The house is called 'The Elms' and it was once (from 1897 to 1902) the home of Rudyard Kipling.

Radiate :- I remember clearly taking this shot but just surprised myself by looking at the image data and discovering that I actually took it way back in August 2013. Time flies eh. It's the sort of thing that many weould walk past and not even notice. It's a very nondescript alleyway that runs bewteen George Street and Dorset Street in Brighton , Sussex. What caught my eye was the warm glow at the far end which was caused by the bright sunlight bouncing off paintwork at the far end.

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