Thursday, 26 November 2015

Glowing Stairwell, Defiant and Down By The River

Glowing Stairwell :- A grim looking stairwell to a 1970's built block of flats / apartments that's located on mthe corner of New England Road and New England Street in Brighton. In order to take the shot i'd negotiated a rather smelly and unnerving underground carpark, full of grafitti, empty beer cans and a few other umentionable things. This entire area looked bleak and run down and just to add to the overall atmosphere of the place there was a dog barking constantly which was mixing with the sound of a baby crying somewhere. It felt post apocalyptic. I'm not quite sure what's going on in the area since I took the shot back in 2012 and it's now surrounded by scaffolding and plastic sheeting so they are either doing it up and rennovating it or tearing it down and flattening it.

Defiant :- My muse. It's hard to find things to say about her that i haven't said before. She has a rich but bumpy history which fascinates me the more I dig down and find out about her. In the latter part of the 1800's she was a big attraction. People would gather and promenade on her decks listening to the live music provided by military bands. In the early part of the 1900's her theatre was full of song, music and laughter but the visitor numbers were already beginning to drop off. By the late 1930's she was struggling and then WWII arrived. Her theatre was closed (and never again reopened) and her demise (albeit a slow one) was inevitable. I was one of the lucky ones. I was born just in time to be old enough to remember visiting her and enjoying the various amusements that she had in the early 70's before she closed for good in 1975. She's a tough old lady having withstood many storms, rough seas and two arson attacks. This is pretty much all that's left of her now. We keep losing bits to the water below but she's not going peacefully. She stands defiant and in the face of everything that's been thrown at her.

Down By The River :- I love the rich brown, golden tones of the foreground and the thin sliver of blue grey water running through. It's a shot of the Cuckmere Estuary and River at Exceat near Seaford on the Sussex coast. I was on the West bank of the River and walking all the way around so that I could then meander down the East bank and make my way to the foot of the famous Seven Sisters cliff face and beach. There were quite a few people about but due to the size of the area you felt quite alone. As far as beauty spots and scenic views go I personally consider this to be the most beautiful place in the whole of Sussex (but it does have some great competition).

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