Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Sunny Pergola, To Be Worn Again and Low Tide Cuckmere

Sunny Pergola :- Sunlight and shade. A pleasant and quiet little haven in the middle of a very busy but historical village on the South coast of England. This is a pathway and section of the famous Kipling Gardens in the village of Rottingdean on the outskirts of Brighton. They were once part of the gardens to 'The Elms' which is the large house that Rudyard Kipling rented for 3 guineas a week (with his wife and children) from 1897 to 1902. The entire area was nearly lost altogether as it was nearly bought by developers who would have bulldozed the lot and built some sort of accomodation on the site but (fortunately) the Rottingdean Preservation Society managed to by the gardens in the 1980s and saved them for us all. Since then the gardens have had the prestigiou Green Flag awarded several times for the best parks and green spaces in England and Wales.

To Be Worn Again :- It wasn't that late. To be honest it wasn't that dark either. This time of year the light vanishes faster and darkness consumes and smothers all before you've even had chance to eat your evening meal. So I went on a wander around the streets of Brighton, keepingmy eyes and senses open for anything that I thought might make a good image. A few things caught my eye but on the whole there wasn't much inspiration flying about as I trudged my way around. This shop in Sydney Street looked good though. It was all lit up and locked up for the night. It's unusual gates were across the entrance and the metal grills were up at the windows. I liked the light spill on the pavement and the slight eerie quality of it all. The very dark nature of the image owes a lot to the way that I chose to process it. The store is called 'To Be Worn Again', it's on Sydney Street in the famous North Laine district and is Brighton's largest vintage retailer.

Low Tide Cuckmere :- There's some serious 'wow' factor going on here. I'd somehow managed to find myself at Hope Gap and Cuckmere Haven just at low tide which was more accident than judgement. I made my way down to the beach using the old steps at Hope Gap and carefully picked my way out over the rocks. There before me across the mouth of the river and bay stood the mighty 'Seven Sisters'. Haven Brow, Short Brow, Rough Brow, Brass Point, Flagstaff Point, Flat Hill, Baily's Hill, Michel Dean & Went Hill Brow al standing to attanetion and gazing out to sea. If you look carefully you can see Birling Gap (the dip at the far end) which then rises up to where the Belle Tout Lighthouse stands at Beachy Head. This is one of the most stunning parts of the Sussex coastline.

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