Monday, 14 September 2015

Terminus Road, Ball and In the Middle of Your Little World

Terminus Road :- My images are usually to a landscape format with the odd portrait shot thrown in once in a while. It's very unusual for me to post an image that's square so today is a rare occasion. The shot was taken in Terminus Road which lies between Surrey Street and Buckingham Place and curves up and around the side of Brighton Station. As it bends around towards Buckingham Place it offers a spectacular view of the enormous glass panelled roof of the Grade II* listed Brighton Station which was built by the London & Brighton Railway in 1840. The large double-spanned curved glass and iron roof is a testament to Victorioan design and engineering and is just as spectacular from the outside as it is from the inside.

Ball :- Ok, so it's a discarded float or a buoy that's broken free rather than just a ball. I was walking along the undercliff walk from Ovingdean into Brighton a few days ago (10th Septemeber 2015) when the float and it's reflection caught my eye. So I took a slight detour, doubled back on myself a little and made my way down to the beach and across the rocks to where the large pool of water and the reflected objects were. The large stone block in the water is obviously man made with its 90° angles and is most probably one of the concrete sleepers and a remnant of the Brighton and Rottingdean Seashore Electric Railway which was in operation from 1896 to 1901. It it was known locally as the "Daddy Long-Legs" but its official name was "Pioneer". Various blocks can still be seen at low tide and entire sections of parallel stone sleepers remain in certain areas.

In the Middle of Your Little World :- You can't plan these things. It's out of your hands. All you can do is grab your camera and get out there when you can and take your chances. A lot of the time you come back with nothing spectacular. Granted you get the odd shot that you can do something with like a great bit of architecture, an empty park or a rainy seafront but for the most part 9 out of 10 times not a lot happens. However when it does happens it well and truly makes up for all those times when it didn't. This was one of those occasions. It was shot at the end of November 2014 from the very end of the large breakwater (The Norfolk Groyne) that's near the ornate Brighton Bandstand and opposite the Mercure Brighton Seafront Hotel (previously known as The Norfolk), a Victorian hotel that's on the main King's Road. This strange and beguiling sky had developed slowly as I'd walked along the promenade and as the clouds had got darker the sun had dropped lower until the two combined and created this surreal scene. The Norfolk Groyne that I was standing on was built in 1894.

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