Monday, 13 January 2014

The Rat Race, Dead Modern and Front Wheel

"The Rat Race" :- Shot from a public right of way on Farmland above Patcham on the outskirts of Brighton. The view is looking West and shows the multi-laned A27 that scars the scenery. To the left if it you can just make out "Mill Road" which was the old main road before the bypass was built. You can also see (poking up out of the trees) the Waterhall (Patcham) Windmill that Mill Road was named after. The mill is a grade II listed four storey brick tower mill built in 1885 by James Holloway and was the last windmill to be built in Sussex. It's now a private home having been converted in 1963.



"Dead Modern" :- I stopped in my tracks to take this shot as it struck me how empty and sad everything looked. There was a bleak starkness that seemed to pour out of everything in view and it felt as though it was trying to invade my pores and seep in like some form of depressing osmosis. The graves are in the churchyard of St John the Baptist in the town of Crawley (near Gatwick airport) in West Sussex. The modern looking unattractive building that's full of windows is the local Job Centre. The town of Crawley is relatively new and grew into the town you see now mainly because of Gatwick but the area has been inhabited for a long time...in fact since the Stone Age. From the 13th century onwards Crawley developed into a market town as trade passed through between London and Brighton. Unlike many towns and villages in Sussex Crawley is not mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 but a couple of neighbouring areas (Ifield and Worth) are.



"Front Wheel" :- Low tide at twilight on the beach at Brighton. While a few people down on the sand were pointing their camera at the pier and the sea I turned to grab this captivating image. What gets me about this image is the lack of people on the beach. It was one of those rare low tides that coincided with the sunset and parts of the beach that are normally well under water were exposed and shimmering and making the seafront look spectacular and hardly anybody seemed to be bothered about it. To wrapped up in their own little worlds, blinkered by apathy and immobilised by laziness. How can anyone simply walk by this without giving it a second glance? There's just one figure on the beach in this shot. See if you can find them.



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