Saturday, 26 April 2014

Persistence of Time, Landgate Tower and Black Arches

"Persistence of Time" :- A burnt umber sunset scatters light across a lake causing the land on the horizon to fall into silhouette. The body of water is Lake Siutghiol and the silhouetted land is part of the city of Constanța situated in Northern Dobruja, Romania. Constanța was actually founded around 600 BC which makes it the oldest surviving city in Romania. I took the image from Mamaia (a district of Constanța) which is a strip of land 8 km (5.0 mi) in length and only 300 m (328 yards) wide dividing Lake Siutghiol from the Black Sea. During winter up to 90% of the lake's surface can be covered by ice which is a huge amount as the lake itself extends over 20 km².



"Landgate Tower" :- The English county of Sussex strikes again with its rich and incredible history. Relatively modern buildings flank The Landgate Tower in Rye which is one of the best preserved medieval towns in England. In 1339 Rye was attacked by the French (due to the "Hundred Years War") and the town lost a mill and 52 houses as it burned. Defenses needed to be 'updated' and huge walls were built aided by ‘murage’ (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murage) granted by the King. The Landgate Tower was built somewhere around 1340 and in its original form had a portcullis that could be lowered (it was removed in 1735). Things didn't quite go to plan as in 1377 the French attacked once again and this time they nearly burned everything in the town with just a few buildings surviving the fire. The Landgate Tower was extended upwards with the addition of A third story and the towns walls were once again built to protect all. There were four way into Rye via the four main gates to the town which were named Landgate (pictured), Baddings Gate, Strandgate and Postern Gate. Believe it or not the French still weren't put of and proved that they were consistent by attacking Rye once again in 1449 and managed once again to burn a few buildings within the town. Just the Landgate Tower, Ypres Tower (now part of the Rye Castle Museum :- http://www.ryemuseum.co.uk/) and a few sections of the wall remain.



"Black Arches" :- A very dark, foreboding and moody image of Brighton's famous iron Victorian arches that run along the length of Madeira Drive between the pier and the marina. They are usually illuminated from both sides but for a reason unbeknown to me on this particular night (12th December 2013) they were in darkness. Just a silhouette of the ornate filigree lattice work could be seen, none of Brighton's traditional vibrant turquoise was visible. It's strange how the most familiar of places take on a different look and feel once they are consumed by the blanket of night. It was eerie wandering around the empty promenade. All my senses were heightened and on alert.



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