Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Please Take One, Church in Winter and Tangerine Seas

"Please Take One" :- An eerie and somewhat creepily lit partition on Brighton's famous pier. This was taken from the Western side looking East at 18:10 pm just a week or so ago on Saturday 16th November 2013. It looks deserted and empty but that's once again down to patience and timing on my part as I set up and then waited in position for a break in the constant stream of people going back and forth in order to get the shot I wanted. The pier opened in May 1899 so these very windows in the wooden partition walls have been looked through by so many and have seen the various fashions change over the years.

"Church in Winter" :- The Church of St Peter stands in the perfectly preserved manorial village of Firle between the town of Lewes and Polegate. Most of the Church dates from the 13th Century although its origins began somewhere around 1200. The history inside is staggering and you can also find the resting place of Sir John Gage (and his wife), who was Constable of the Tower of London and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster under King Henry VIII and Lord Chamberlain of Queen Mary.

"Tangerine Seas" :- Brighton beach between the marina and the pier during a rich and vibrant sunset. The tide was the lowest I had seen it for a very long time and it exposed parts of the beach that i'd never viewed or realised were there) before. The "stone wall" on the right of the picture is a concrete Victorian breakwater known as a Groyne. It's actually the Paston Place Groyne (also known locally as "Banjo Groyne" due to its shape) and it was built in 1877 and it's one of the larger breakwaters on Brighton beach as it's 270 feet long and 14 feet wide. I was amazed to discover these wooden struts sticking up out of the sand at the end that's usually deep under water. The wood appears to run along the length of the Groyne which makes me think it's older than the concrete Groyne and therefore part of the original wooden Groyne that was there long before 1877.

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