Thursday, 25 July 2013

The Photo Bomber, Guest House on the Hill and Queen's Pagoda

"The Photo Bomber" :- There seems to be some unwritten law regarding photography that follows the theory that If you are on your own in the middle of nowhere with a camera the minute you are about to capture an image something or someone will immediately appear out of the blue and invade the frame and shot! This gull felt obliged to back up that theory by landing directly in front of my camera just as I was grabbing a photo of the Eastbourne coastline from its pier in Sussex, England. This has happened to me far too many times to mention. I have been on many deserted beaches, wind swept hillsides and empty streets only to have a coach load of people come around the corner, a dog or child run into shot, a lone cyclist in stealth mode shoot by me or someone simply stand directly in front of the camera blissfully unaware in a haze of ignorance that they are blocking the entire shot.

"Guest House on the Hill " :- This is a decommissioned lighthouse known as the "Belle Tout lighthouse". It's a British landmark located at Beachy Head, near Eastbourne in East Sussex. It has been used in films and television and has been called has been called "Britain's most famous inhabited lighthouse". It sits frighteningly close to the cliff edge and was once moved back in one piece in order to save it from vanishing with the coastal erosion. In 1829 construction of the permanent granite lighthouse began and it came into service on 11 October 1834. In order for it to warn shipping by night 30 oil lamps were lit requiring 2 gallons of oil every hour! t was decommissioned on 2 October 1902 once a new lighthouse was built at the bottom of the cliffs.It was sold off and changed ownership several times. In 1986 it was bought by the BBC and used in the series "The Life and Loves of a She-Devil" and shortly afterwards also appeared in the James Bond film "The Living Daylights" starring Timothy Dalton as 007. In 2008 it was purchased once again and converted into a luxury bed and breakfast guesthouse that includes six bedrooms and large walled gardens.

"Queen's Pagoda" :- "Doi Inthanon" is the highest mountain (at 2,565 m or 8,500 ft) in the Kingdom of Thailand. It's located within the 482 sq km Doi Inthanon National Park which is (approx) 100 km south of the city of Chiang Mai. On its peak there are two pagodas built by the Royal Thai Air Force to commemorate the 60th birthdays of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit (the King and Queen of Thailand). The pagodas are both constructed from granite limestone mortar and pulverised marble. This is an image I captured back in 2006 of Phra Mahathat Naphamethinidon (the Queen's Pagoda) high up on the summit. The view from the top is absolutely breathtaking and awe inspiring.

All Photography © Justin Hill