Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Fishtail Neon, Kids Fun Area and Beachy Head and Lighthouse

"Fishtail Neon" :- This is the amazing storefront to Fishtail Neon Lights, a workshop that specialises in neon signage which also provides for TV and Film Studios. During the daylight hours you can walk past this little unit situated within Madeira Drive Arches in Brighton (England) without it standing out too much, it does a great job of going by unnoticed. However, by night it's a completely different story as the entire frontage becomes a blaze of light and colours spilling out over the seafront road.

"Kids Fun Area" :- I was originally going to process this image in full colour as it was captured during that magical twilight hour just as lights are switched on and the sky takes on a marvellous hue that's neither day nor night. There was an electric glow over everything that seems to invite you in and made you feel safe and warm. However, after playing around for a while processing the shot I ended up going for a hard monochrome approach which seemed to create an unease and uncertainty which was in stark contrast to the sign and promise of fun. It also helped that I crouched there like a fool for what seemed and felt like an age in order to get the shot without anyone in it. It was a busy night with a constant flow of tourists and day trippers walking through, I knew if I waited long enough i'd get my chance ... patience prevailed! This was captured on the end of Brighton Pier where there are various rides.

"Beachy Head and Lighthouse" :- This looks dangerously close to the edge mainly because I was dangerously close to the edge. I was probably just 5 or 6 feet away from the terrifying drop and plummet down to the beach, rocks and sea below in order to get the shot. Obviously I made it and am safe and sound due to the fact that I am posting this image right now. This is the famous chalk headland of Beachy Head (near Eastbourne), the highest chalk sea cliff in Britain which stands at a heart stopping 162 metres (531 ft) above sea level at it's highest point. The chalk is anything between 65 and 100 million years old as it was formed during the Late Cretaceous period. The name "Beachy Head" is from the original French name and words (beau chef) meaning "beautiful headland". The Beachy Head Lighthouse became operational in October 1902 and stands at 43 m (141 ft) in height. It was originally manned by three lighthouse keepers, the light made two white flashes every 20 seconds and was visible for 26 nautical miles out to sea. The keepers were eventually withdrawn in 1983.

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