Thursday, 15 October 2015

Taxi Back, Step This Way and Silent Beach

Taxi Back :- It takes a few seconds to work out just what it is you're looking at here but then the mundane reality kicks in and it all falls into place. It's surprising what a few carefully places lighting units will do to anotherwise bland structure. If you see this building in daylight hours it simply blends in with the rest of the grey and unispiring architecture, shops and restaurants that are "The Waterfront" in Brighton's Marina. 1980's built boxes that are nothing but a mixture of large glass panelled walls, metal work and raked out mortar bricks. I'd waited for pedestrians to get out the way and the odd car to drive past before taking the shot. It was only after I got back and processed the image that i realised I'd caught the back of a Taxi in the reflection of the glass on the right ... hence the title.

Step This Way :- A set of old concrete steps built into the seawall that runs between the villages of Rottingdean and Ovingdean to the East of Brighton. It was late afternoon, the sun was still relatively high in the sky and the shadow was just in the right place to pick out the stairwell by throwing it into darkness. The entire sea defense, wall and undercliff walk was built between 1930 and 1933. I'm surprised that it only took three years to build because the entire structure is immense and much of the work was done by having to lower the materials down the cliff face with the sea crashing about below. The sea wall and walkway stretches for several miles along the South coast joining Brighton to Saltdean.

Silent Beach :- Standing to attention. Cold, iron sentinels remain staring out to sea having been relieved of their duty. They no longer hold aloft the finery of a golden age. The planking and amusements have long since gone. The storms and fires took care of the rest. Only a few linger now as some of these were removed a year or so ago to make way for Brighton's newest tourist attraction the i360 which is being built on the site of the old West Pier. Some of the iron supports will (apparently) be placed back on the beach whilst others are going to be incorporated (somehow) into the i360's area and buildings.

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