Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Perigee, Elysian plains and 'Gladstone'

Perigee :- I have photographed and posted images of the West Pier on Brighton beach so many times. What makes this image so different? Well, as the title suggests it was shot during a ridiculously low perigee tide that occured during sunset on the 29th Sept 2015. Because the water had receded so far it had exposed parts of the pier's structure that are normally hidden from view. It also demonstrates why it's not safe to swim near the pier as jagged and rusty iron sections lurk just below the water. The other reason this image is different is that no zoom was used, in fact it's quite the opposite as the camera was set on wide angle. I have never been able to get this close to the pier before but thanks to the moon pulling the water back I was able to walk out and get tantalisingly close. She's a beauty. I feel sorry for those that just see twisted metal. She's a remnant of an age gone by, where elegance and refinement reigned supreme.

Elysian plains :- This was shot within an 18th-century landscaped garden complete with several follies, a grotto and a waterwheel. It was designed and created by the Hon. Charles Hamilton between 1738 and 1773. Over the centuries it fell into disrepair but during the 1980's a huge restoraion project was put in place to bring the park back to life. Painshill Park now has Grade 1 Heritage listing and was awarded the Europa Nostra Medal for the "Exemplary restoration from a state of extreme neglect, of a most important 18th century landscape park and its extraordinary buildings" in 1998.

'Gladstone' :- There's some serious history going on in this image. The steam locomotive is the LB&SCR B1 class 'Gladstone' which was built at Brighton in 1882 for the London Brighton & South Coast Railway. The carriage that's directly behind it is Queen Victoria's saloon. After the death of Prince Albert this was the carriage (the interior was designed to be a "home from home") that the Queen travelled in. The carriage was made in 1869 eight years aftere Prince Albert's demise. The 'Gladstone' is decorated at the front as it was for the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1897. The locomotive was finally withdrawn from service in 1927. The National Railway Museum (http://www.nrm.org.uk/) is located in the City of York in Yorkshire and entry is free.

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