Saturday, 28 November 2015

Exit 8, Victorian Lantern and Never Forget Me

Exit 8 :- It's funny how things look ok and normal until you really start to think and look at them. We accept things on a daily basis without question and our surroundings become mundane. But if you stand back and really start to look it's an strange, fascinating and very odd world that we live in. This shot and image was taken on the top, open air level of a multi storey car park in Brighton Marina. What you see here is the door to the stair well that leads down through several levels to the ground floor, cinema, casino, gym, bars, cafes, shops and boats. But what I saw was a large wall on a roof. The wall was lit on the other side and the light was shining through a glass panel in a door that was set in the wall. There was nothing behind the wall but open space. It reminded me of some of the old surrealist paintings that have doors in forests or on the beach or floating in the sky etc. Everythig is fascinating if you look at it the right way.

Victorian Lantern :- I ran to get this shot. I was some way off down the promenade when I suddenly realised that the sun was just at the right angle as it was setting to shine through the Bandstand. So I ran like crazy. It's surprising just how fast the Universe moves when you're not loooking. If you muck around for too long these moments are over with in a flash and you've missed the opportunity. I have now learned that it's far better to run, get it 'in the can' and then wheeze and get your breath back later than to saunter, miss the shot and be muttering under your breath for hours after. The Bandstand on Brighton seafront was designed by Philip C Lockwood and was built in 1884. It was manufactured by the Phoenix Foundry which was a few miles to the North East in Lewes. The Lewes foundry was also responsible for the manufacturing of the Madeira terrace and lift on Madeira Drive, several seafront shelters, railings and lamps and even the Palace (now unofficialy renamed Brighton) Pier and their name can be seen on almost all of Brighton’s ironwork. The bandstand has been nicknamed the ‘birdcage’ for a very long time and is one of the finest surviving Victorian bandstands in Britain.

Never Forget Me :- The graveyard of St Mary the Virgin Church in the village of Hartfield in East Sussex. The church is tucked away up a lane (named 'Church Lane') from the prying eyes of visitors and is a haven of peace and quiet. This was the parish church of a very famous bear and a stone. Hartfield was the home of A.A.Milne who lived in Cotchford Farm just a few minutes drive from this church. It was A.A.Milne who wrote the 'Winnie The Pooh' stories and the village is set within the Ashdown Forest which became the '500 Acre wood' and home to 'Pooh' and his friends in Milne's books. 'Poohsticks Bridge' the 'Enchanted Place' and 'Roo's Sandpit' are still in the forest and are visited by tourists all year long. Milne bought Cotchford Farm in 1925 and roughly a decade after he died (he died in 1956) the estate was bought (in 1968) by Rolling Stones guitar player Brian Jones. One year later on July 3rd 1969 Brian Jones was found dead in the swimming pool of Cotchford Farm. At the back of this shot you can see a black and white building. That's the Tudor Lych Gate Cottage of the church and it dates from1520.

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