Monday, 31 August 2015

Wood & Water, York Lines and Under a Cloud

Wood & Water :- Here's an image I have had on file for a considerable amount of time. In fact it was taken on 31st August 2012 ... three years ago today! It was shot by the roadside near the bridge that crosses the River Cuckmere at Exceat in Sussex. I'd been walking for several hours with the camera and was finally on my way back when this little green and watery scene caught my eye.



York Lines :- At the time it was an afterthought and "throw away" shot. I remember thinking 'I may as well take it as I'm passing' and then thinking nothing of it afterwards. It wasn't until I processed it as a black and white image that i realised just how striking it was. It was taken on a section of a raod called Bootham (A19) where the train tracks pass underneath in York. This section of track is only afew minutes (by train) from York's main station.



Under a Cloud :- An uncluttered and uncomplicated shot and image. I didn't even have to go that far to take it as the it was shot from the top of the hill near where I live. The dark, rolling hills are farmland and the East Brighton Golf Course. You wouldn't know it but over the brow of that black horizon there's the sprawling seaside resort and City of Brighton itself. Here all is quiet. Here all is calm. Here is where I live ... under a cloud.


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Sunday, 30 August 2015

Now You See It, Hermitage and Telescombe Village Church

Now You See It :- It's funny how two completely seperate things can be so beautiful and yet so different from each other. This sunset was shot back in February 2015 on the beach at Brighton. there are certain colour, hues and pastel shades that only appear at certain times of the year and this sky tells you that the year was still in its infants stages. Silhouetted by the cold February sky sits the iron skeletal frame of the West Pier. The pier was built by Eugenius Birch in 1866 and is still one of only two Grade I listed piers left in the UK ( the other being Clevedon Pier in Somerset).



Hermitage :- Tucked up at the back of Painshill Park near Cobham in Surrey you find this little thatched hut. This is the 'Hermitage' that was originally built by the Hon. Charles Hamilton when the park was created between 1738 and 1773. Most of the follies and stuctures within the park have been restored but a couple of them (the Turkish tent and Hermitage) had to be rebuilt completely. When the original Hermitage was completed the Hon. Charles Hamilton advertised for a 'Hermit' to be put on a seven year contract to live in the hut. The Contract contained several stipulations such as the hermit was not to cut his hair for seven years and that he was also not to talk or leave the estate. Surprisingly enough someone not only answered the advert but also got the job and took up residence. The punchline to this story is that just three weeks into the position the hermit was found to be not in the hut at all but in the local pub. Needless to say he was instantly dismissed and the job position was never refilled!



Telscombe Village Church :- The Church of St Laurence resides in a tiny little village called Telscombe that's just a few miles North of the Sussex coast. There's no coast road into the village and only one road tucked around the back off of the Lewes and Newhaven road provides access to and from. It's a real step back in time. The church's origins can be dated back to the 10th Century (the church has 10th Century foundations and a 13th-century font) and the village itself has a population that's under 50 people.



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Saturday, 29 August 2015

One Million Years B.C., Chocolate Heaven and Henge

One Million Years B.C. :- Ok, so I'll own up and say the title's a tad misleading as the shot was actually taken during December 2014. Having said that there is a promordial feel and look to this image and to be honest it felt like I was standing well before civilisation and at the gates of time when i took the shot. This sunste came from out of the blue. Nothing much seemed to be happening at all and i was just considering if I should call it a day or not when all of a sudden this spectacular display erupted and lit up the horizon. Needless to say it took my breath away and left me in awe. The shot was taken from one of my favourite spots in Sussex which is the beach at Ovingdean Gap just to the East of Brighton.



Chocolate Heaven :- This is one place i will never ever tire of visiting. If you ever wonderred what it felt like to be Dr Who as you step out of the TARDIS then coming here is probably to closest you'll ever get to how he feels. This is the "Shambles" in the City of York in Yorkshire. The street is so old (over 900 years) it's actually got its own mention in the Domesday Book which was compiled and written in 1086. This was once a Medieval street full of Butchers shops, somehow it survived the anals of time and is now a street full of tourists, souvenir shops and small boutiques. I managed to get this shot of the street relatively empty of peole by patiently waitong for the tourist to go home and then nipping back at 7 pm to grab this moody shot just as the light was failing. In 2010 the street was voted "Britain's Most Picturesque Street" after Google Street View did an online vote. It's also Europe's best preserved Medieval street.



Henge :- A long shot looking across the ditch towards the ancient henge that is Avebury in Wiltshire. The defintition of a henge is is a roughly circular or oval-shaped flat area enclosed and delimited by a boundary earthwork - usually a ditch with an external bank. What makes Avebury special is that it's the largest stone cirlce in Europe and said to be also the largest on the planet. It's also unique in that the village of Avebury is partly enclosed within the Neolithic monument making it the only henge with a church and public house within it. Avebury was (and still partially is) constructed of three stone circles and was erected some 4,500 years ago. When seen from the air it's positivley mind blowing as the site dwarfs that of Stonehenge which is just 35 kilometres or 22 miles South. You can see for yourself with this Google Map reference :- https://goo.gl/maps/IvtgH



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Friday, 28 August 2015

Sun at the Top, Darkened Coast and From Garden to Castle

Sun at the Top :- A shot of a few houses overlooking the beach of East Looe in south-east Cornwall. It was roughly 8pm and the sun was finally retiring for the night but just catching the tops of the accomodation and trees on the top of the hill. This quaint fishing town is now mainly a haven for tourists and is also now a centre for shark fishing.



Darkened Coast :- A black veil of cloud sweeps in over the sea and coast. The wind picks up and the teperature drops down. All you can taste is salt and all you can feel is a clammy dankness to everything. A storm is on its way and it means business. The sea is raging, churning and throwing itself around like a stroppy teenager but is largely ignored due to it being low tide. The rocks sit and wait as the first drops of rain begin to fall.



From Garden to Castle :- The 16th Century Southover Grange was built in 1572 for William Newton and was constructed with Caen limestone taken from the ruins of Lewes Priory. The large Elizabethan House has extensive well kept gardens that include some very old trees as well as a few planted by a young Princess Elizaberth in 1951 before she became Queen Elizabeth II. There are various areas and sections of garden as well as the Winterbourne Stream which divides the graden in two. This shot and image was taken from one of the areas at the back of the graden and look up the hill towards the main part of the town and Lewes Castle (upper middle of image) which was built in 1069 by William de Warenne the1st Earl of Surrey and son-in-law of William the Conqueror.



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Thursday, 27 August 2015

Forty Three and Four, Still Waters and The Barrow

Forty Three and Four :- Brighton's iconic and ornate cast iron arches on Madeira Drive are now closed off to the public. Fences obstruct access at every given point due to the entire Victorian terrace being deemed unsafe and structurally unsound. Hopefully plans are being made to save the arches and terrace in some shape or form but at the moment all we can do is sit and wait. I ventured down to take a look last Saturday (23rd August 2015) and took this shot through a gap in the fencing. It shows of the intricate ironwork and design that was the brainchild of Philip C Lockwood who was the Brighton Borough Surveyor also responsible for the interior of Brighton Museum and for the wonderful 'Bird Cage' Bandstand that's on the seafront. The flight of steps lead up to Marine Parade and bring you out opposite Bedford Street. The sun was high in the mid afternoon sky and causing the iron work and railings to cast their shadows.



Still Waters :- Hardly a ripple. Very unusual for the English Channel. It's waves are normally bashing around on the coastline and thundering around like a bull in a china shop but on this day it was flat, still and calm. As luck would have it I managed to hit the beach just as the light was right, I admit I was trying to achieve this but sometimes things don't always go to plan. The dying sunlight caused the water's surface to throw the breakwater and rocks into silhouette. The shot was taken on the beach at Ovingdean Gap in Brighton.



The Barrow :- Beacon Hill Nature Reserve sits between the villages of Rottingdean and Ovingdean on the South coast in Sussex. It's a wide open area of land covering (approx) 45 acres with a half a mile (or so) long bridleway that cuts through the middle over the top down towards the sea. At the seaward end you'll find the famous "Besacon Mill" windmill which is now a registered seamark and dates from 1802. Dog walkers, joggers and people out for an afternoon stroll mingle with the wildlife and on the odd occasion sheep are also put out to graze up on the hillside. Many are unaware that the humps and bumps on the hill are ancient. This shot was taken from the end of one the Neolithic long barrow that's up on the hill. A long barrow is a rectangular or trapezoidal tumuli or earth mound that what used as a collective tomb. They are prehistoric monuments and the one on Beacon Hill is said to date back to at least 4000 years BC and wasn't 'discovered' until 1995 when it was spotted in an aerial survey. Who were they? I have no idea. Why were they up here? No idea again. But I know it's one incredible place to walk or rest and look out over the Channel. Did the land look like this back in there day? Haven't a clue. Now move along ... there's nothing to see here.



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Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Rock Bottom, National Railway Museum and Halflight

Rock Bottom :- A complete whiteout as afternoon sunlight hits the white chalk face of the seven Sisters cliffs at Cuckmere Haven on the South Coast of England. This is the strecth of beach that you see Kevin Costner and Morgan Freeman landing on at the beginning of the "Robin Hood : Prince of Thieves" movie. These cliffs roll on towards the East before dipping at Birlign Gap and then rising once again to form Beachy Head which is the highest chalk sea cliff in Britain, rising to 162 metres (531 ft) above sea level. The cliffs at Cuckmere Haven are 91.44 metres (300ft) in places and still have the ability to make you feel very insignificant and small, especially when you're down on the beach during low tide.



National Railway Museum :- I shot this from an old iron footbridge that was once the Railway footbridge from Percy Main Colliery station but is now an exhibit within the National Railway Museum in York, Yorkshire. It provided a great vantage point to get this view overlooking just a small section of the vast museum that contains nearly 300 rail vehicles from times gone by. The "Great Hall" has one enormous window at one end and contains some of the biggest locomotives in the National Collection. Entry to the museum is free.



Halflight :- March 2013 and there was still some snow on the ground after a particularly cold snap on the south coast of England. After wrapping up warm I decided to take a walk around the picturesque Stanmer Park which was at one time the estate of Stanmer House, a Grade I listed mansion built in 1722. It was a fresh morning and the walk was a tiring combination of crunching on snow and slipping in mud. This shot was taken on one of the higher paths tucked around the back of the park which come out and exit near the winding Ditchling Road. Stanmer park is located near Sussex University on the edge of Brighton.



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Tuesday, 25 August 2015

World on Water, Shameful and Onwards & Upwards

World on Water :- The majority of Brighton Marina was built between 1971 and 1979. At the time of it's 'completion' the inner and outer harbour both consisted of various jetties, a lot of water and a lot of berths and boats. A few years later the marina was sold on and in 1986 a superstore and 'Marina Village' began to be built after section s of the inner harbour were 'reclaimed'. Jump on a few years again and in 1988 the cinema, casino and car park began to be built. Slowy the complex began to get more clustered and built up. Right now a new construction site is beginning to take shape as huge tower blocks to the West of the Marina are starting to reach skywards. The 127 acre Brighton Marina is one of the largest man made marinas in the world.



Sun Lounge :- An old sign above head gives an indication of just how grand and splendid the Madeira Drive Arches and seafront once was. The sign can still clearly be read as saying “Madeira Sun Lounge Cafeteria”. I do not know when the sign dates from but the ornate filigree iron arches were constructed in 1890. Now the walkway and arches are closed to the public due to saftey concerns as the iron work and terrace above are deemed unsafe. The image is deceiving as it looks like i'd gained entry to the walkway itself but I hadn't. There was a small section open to allow pedestrians access to a large flight of stairs and I merely placed my camera lens between the mesh of the gate that prevented access and took the shot. As luck would have it the sign was just infront.



Onwards and Upwards :- A steep, worn and rutted path leads up the side of alotments towards the famous windmill and Beacon Hill Nature Reserve that's between the ancient villages of Rottingdean and Ovingdean in Brighton , Sussex. The path is called Hogs Plat Lane and this ancient passageway was once one of the routes that flocks of sheep would be driven down so that they could drink from the village pond in Rottingdean.



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Monday, 24 August 2015

Night Mouse, Minster Gates and Onward

Night Mouse :- "'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse!". Well it wasn't the night before Christmas, in fact it wasn't even December. It was close enought though as this was shot on a chilly eve at the end of November back in 2013. The mouse? Yeah, that wasn't stirring at all as it was the end of the night and the ride on the end of Brighton's famous pier had closed but was still flood lit.



Minster Gates :- I had to wait ages to get this shot. The tiny liitle side street called 'Minster Gates' runs connects Minster Yard and the Mighty York Minster Cathedral with High Petergate, Low Petergate and the famous Stonegate road in the City of York. Becasue it's a main thoroughfare it's often packed with tourists and groups of people being lead around by tour guides etc. I managed to finally get the shot I was wanting by waiting it out in The Punch Bowl pub until 7pm and then nipping out again to take the shot. It was poure luck that the woman having her photo taken in the background was perfectly mirrored by the window on the left. I love the way York Minster dominates the image.



Onward :- It looks like I took this shot in the middle of nowhere but I was closer to civilisation than it appears. The path / bridleway that I was on runs between the villages of Ovingdean and Woodingdean to the east of Brighton. The end of the path brings you out by Brighton Racecourse which saw its first public race held in 1783.



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Sunday, 23 August 2015

Adur & Lancing, St Mary's South Side and The Guard Rail

Adur & Lancing :- The whole of Sussex is in shock at the moment following yesterday's horrific air crash at Shoreham. In fact it's getting harder to come to terms with it all as more footage, images and news start to come in regarding the disaster. I took this image back in July 2014 from the top of Mill Hill. What you can see here is a little bit of the River Adur down in the valley and a lot of rolling fields and land. In the center of the image you can see the mighty Lancing College Chapel which is the largest school chapel in the world. On the far left of the image you can see a road, that's the A27 and where the jet fighter hit. The reason I chose to post this image today was to point out just what a tragic yesterday's crash was. Out of all the open spaces and fields in the area the one place the plane went down just happened to be where everyone was, stuck in traffic, at the lights, in their cars. Tragic.



St Mary's South Side :- St Mary de Haura (St Mary at the Harbour) is an Anglican church in Shoreham-by-Sea in Sussex. It was founded in 1096 just 30 years after the Norman invasion and the battle of Hastings. The church has been listed by English Heritage has as Grade I because of its architectural and historical importance. Today (23rd August 2015) saw the chuch hold a Special Service for all those affected by the Shoreham Airport crash.



The Guard Rail :- A huge concrete breakwater obscures the sea and horizon on the beach at Saltdean to the East of Brighton. The high afternoon sun chucks a blackened version of the safety rails on the sand and beach below.


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Saturday, 22 August 2015

360° Sunset, Light Wall and So Near Yet So Far

360° Sunset :- A smouldering sky begins to simmer down and die over the Sussex coast and Brighton. The shot was taken from the East Street groyne / breakwater (the first concrete groyne ever to be built in Brighton in 1867) just as it was approaching 9 pm. The beach still had a lot of people on it as the day had been hot and the evening was very warm and yet to cool down. Just to the right of center you can see the remains of the West Pier and to the right of that you can clearly see a large crane and an even larger 'pole' to the right of that. The 'pole' is in fact the i360 which is currently being built on the lower promenade opposite Brighton's Regency Square. When it's completed the i360 will become the World’s tallest moving observation tower. When completed it will stand at an impressive and dizzying 162 metres with the viewing pod climbing to a height of 450 feet (or 138 metres). It's estimated that from the top you'll have a 360° view of (approx) 26 miles (weather permitting).



Light Wall :- I just managed to catch the sea wall of the undercliff walk at the right moment for this shot and image. It;'s not often you see it reflecting the light like this. It's normally dark, grey and drab but on this occasion the evening light and cloud cover caused an odd thing to happen. The chalk cliffs that usually stand out due to their whiteness were thrown into shadow and greyed out to match the rocks below and the defensive sea wall caught the light which visually brought it forward. I had to carefully scramble up the huge rocks to get myself to a decent height for the shot but it was worth it.



So Near Yet So Far :- One solitary light. That's all we are given to provide some illumination and therefore secure our safety. This is the walkway that runs from the end of Madeira Drive and the "Kemp Town Slopes" down towards Brighton Marina (which you can see all lit up in the background). You take your chances coming this way at night. One small area of light lures you into a false sense of security as the darkness pools itself all around you. There are a lot of walls, fences, bushes and recesses in this area that can hide many a creature of the night. If it was up to me i'd have the entire area floodlit.



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Friday, 21 August 2015

Above Fulking, John Saville & Sons and Overcast Bay

Above Fulking :- Sounds like a bit of a rude title at first but I assure you it's nothing of the sort. Fulking is a village in West Sussex that's located on the north slopes of the South Downs. The village is famous for the "Shepherd and Dog" pub that's on the outskirts by a natural spring. This image was shot from the top of a legendary beauty spot and area known as "Devil's Dyke" which is (approx) five miles to the north of Brighton. The fames landscape painter John Constable (1776-1837) described the view from Devil’s Dyke as 'the grandest view in the world'. I'm sure he may well have changed his tune if he'd stood overlooking the Grand Canyon or Victoria Falls or any other breath taking scenery that's since been documented around the globe but considering the time frame he was in and the fact that air travel was at that time out of the question in his own mind and thoughts he was absolutely right. It's still a stunning place to stand and look out over the downs and upon much of Sussex.



John Saville & Sons :- A step back in time to when your medicine didn't come in plastic bottles or small foil backed vacuum plastic packing stuffed into large cardboard boxes to make you think you were getting your money's worth! John Saville & Sons were Pharmaceutical Chemists in the City of York. Once they had passed their exams a Pharmaceutical Chemist was able to mix, create and sell products of their own making instead of relying on pre-made products and medicines that were bought in. John Saville [1834-1926] founded his retail & pharmaceutical chemist business at No. 4 Goodramgate (near the City’s medieval gateway, Monk Bar) in May 1876. It became one of York’s longest lasting pharmaceutical businesses. This faithful recreation of Saville's chemist store can be found in "Kirkgate", the famous Victorian street (built in 1938) that's inside the York Castle Museum.



Overcast Bay :- An image that evokes a mixture of feelings. Colourful, happy looking houses and cottages sit on a rocky outcrop overlooking the harbour whilst a cold sea and damp, darkening sky redress the balance. This is the fishing port and village of Mevagissey in Cornwall. The harbour has two walls / protective arms. The outer wall (which I was standing on for this shot) was built in 1897 but the inner wall (which you can see just beyond the boats in this image) was built in 1774. It was a village with a well known smuggling trade and history and was also the home of Andrew Pears who was the founder of Pears' Soap.



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Thursday, 20 August 2015

Wasted, Remains To Be Seen and Rugged Coast

Wasted :- Boarded up and covered in graffiti, this is the empty and derelict site at Black Rock near Brighton Marina. To the left of the image you have the vast sprawling seascape that is the English Channel, looking straight ahead towards the West you can see the skyline of Brighton itself, to the right nothing but wasteland. An ugly, grey, concrete expanse of unsighlty nothingness. The Victorians and Edwardians of old would have a fit if they could see it now!



Remains To Be Seen :- It's hard to look at these large clumps of stone and wall and imagine Royalty wandering past them. But they did once. These are the ruins of Bramber Castle which was founded just a few years after the Battle of Hastings and the Norman Invasion. For much of the time the castle was owned by the de Braose family but between 1199 and 1216 it was 'confiscated' by King John. King John was one of five sons to King Henry II of England and Eleanor of Aquitaine. A lot of skullduggery ensued and thus evntually a feud between Richard I (Richard the Lionheart) and John began until he was eventually made King after Richard I died in 1199. All in all King John sounds like he was a nasty peice of work. William de Braose's wife (Maud) and eldest son (William) were captured and allegedly murdered by King John. The story goes that they were starved to death while incarcerated at Windsor Castle and Corfe Castle in 1210.



Rugged Coast :- To get this shot i was standing on the outer harbour wall overlooking Mevagissey Bay. The village of Mevagissey is a small Cornish fishing port full of narrow roads and twitsing lanes. When I originally took this shot I thought the building that's high up on top of the rock face was a hotel but having taken a look at it on Google Maps using street view I have come to the conclusion that it's actually private apartments with one incredible view. I am always amazed at mans ability to build things in stupid places. We are forever building on the edge of things that will in time wear and crumble. Coastlines are forever changing and shifting. It's probably an awesome place to live but i'm not sure I'd feel all that comfortable being so close to the edge!



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Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Outside the Music Room Gallery, Marble Arch and The River Cuckmere

Outside the Music Room Gallery :- Quite a mouthful of a title for this image but to be honest I wasn't quite sure what to call it but it's as good a title as any and it describes exactly what it is an image of. It was shot in the gardens of the Royal Pavilion and displays the intricate and idiosyncratic architectural genius of John Nash (1752 – 1835) who was responsible for the developement and stages of the Pavilion that made it so famous.



Marble Arch :- This is the pedestrian walkway and tunnel on Leeman Road in the City of York. It passes underneath the rail lines and tracks that go to and from the train station. Apparently its original use was for carrying mail and other items under the railway to the local Shops. The Victorian glazed brick tunnel is one of the main pedestrian and cycle routes to the National Railway Museum. I shot this around 4:30 pm and managed to get it in a fleeting moment free from people and bikes. It was quite an eerie place by day, I'd hate to have to walk through it at night!



The River Cuckmere :- Shot from the banks of the River Cuckmere and looking North towards Exceat to the East of Seaford in Sussex. Exceat is a very old and ancient village and after 1066 it was given to Robert, the Count of Mortain who was the half brother of William the Conqueror. After suffering various raids by the French and having also endured the ravages of the Plague (1348 to 1350) Exceat was pretty much abandoned by the 15th Century. The area is now part of the Seven Sisters Country Park. The shot was taken near to where the river and the South Downs meets the English Channel.



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Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Gold & Calm, Sussex Square and Pastel Seascape

Gold & Calm :- Today is a good day to post this image. After yesterday's horrific events in Bangkok I thought i'd show you all the Thailand that I know and love. This is not the bomb ridden, violent, military coup Thailand that the press forever center on and fall over themselves to report. This is the quiet, peaceful and karmic Thailand of smiling faces, golden Buddhas and lotus blossoms. I took this shot and image at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, a Theravada wat / temple that's situated up a mountain called "Doi Suthep" on the edge of the City of Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand. In order to get to this point you have to negotiate 309 reasonably steep steps but it's well worth the effort. To the right of the image you can see the tample's famous Golden Stupa.



Sussex Square :- A different shot and image of a famous square tucked away in Kemp Town, Brighton. There are a few Blue plaques (historical markers) placed on the walls of various buildings here. The plaque on No. 22 reads "Thomas Read Kemp (1782-1844). MP and developer of Kemptown, lived here 1827-1837". Number 46 reads "Anthony Dale (1912-1993). Author, historian and conservationist. Wrote many volumes of history on Brighton". But the one that is the most well known is that of number 11 Sussex Square. The Blue plaque on the wall of that building reads "Lewis Carroll (Reverend Charles Dodgson) (1832-1898). Author of Alice in Wonderland, his sister lived here 1874-1887, and he was a frequent visitor". The gardens behind the railings and hedge are private and only accessible to residents. It is more than likely that Lewis Carol relaxed and wandered in these very gardens.



Pastel Seascape :- You can't plan for these things. You just have to get up off your butt, grab your camera and hope things fall into place once you're out there. Sometimes it's a complete wast of time but those wasted moments and trips out are a fine trade off for all the times it pays off. When I set out on this day it was overcast and fairly gloomy. I decided to drive out to Seaford on the south coast of England anyway, parked the car on the seafront and headed up and over Seaford Head cliffs. About 20 minutes into the walk the sky cleared up and I was able to take this shot and wonderful scene from the cliff top.



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Monday, 17 August 2015

Coppergate Helmet, Basal and Cascade

Coppergate Helmet :- I love this. It's not a prop, it's not plastic, it's not an part of an elaborate movie costume. This is the real thing. The Coppergate Helmet was unearthed by the operator of a a mechanical digger in 1982. It was found in the City of York in an area known as Coppergate which was named after the Viking cup making trade that was in that area and not after the metal. It's an 8th Century helmet and is one of only four Anglo-Saxon helmets discovered. The helmet is constructed from iron and brass containing 85% copper. There is Latin on the helmet which reads IN NOMINE : DNI : NOSTRI : IHV : SCS : SPS : DI : ET : OMNIBVS : DECEMVS : AMEN: OSHERE : XPI (Translation - "In the name of our Lord Jesus, the Holy Spirit and God; and to all we say Amen / Oshere / Christ")



Basal :- This is a shot that would normally be impossible to take. At low tide the old, broken and worn breakwater just sits on rocks, at high tide it's constantly being battered by waves. Due to the peculiarly calm evening the sea was still and virtually motionless. It was as flat as the eye could see. No rolling waves, no white horses, just a flat wet plain out to the horizon.



Cascade :- Shot at the far western end of the lake in Painshill Park in Cobham , Surrey. The cascade refers to the small rocky water feature that can be seen just left of center in this image. The park was quite quiet on the afternoon that I visited so I pretty much had the place tro myself and was free to wander and take photos without anyone getting in my shot.


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Sunday, 16 August 2015

Bramber Grounds, The Great West Door and Receeding Tide

Bramber Grounds :- I was lucky with this shot. I'd set it up and was about to take it when the sun broke through and flooded the background and ruin with light. The added bonus was that the foreground remained heavily in shadow. I couldn't have planned it any better. What you are looking at here is the ruins of Bramber Castle in the village of Bramber, West Sussex. This entire area was once part of the large Norman motte-and-bailey castle. The trees on the left rise up on a central hill which was once the motte with the stone keep perched on the top. The tall stone section of ruin in the distance is all that remains of the Gatehouse tower. Sections of wall are still visible around the perimeter and the (now empty) moat still thunders around down below the entire complex. The castle was founded by William de Braose in 1075.



The Great West Door :- The magnificent frontage of York Minster is truly stunning. The doors are roughly three people high and surounded by intricate stone carvings and figures depicting the story of Adam and Eve. The Minster itself towers above and is the largest gothic cathedral in northern Europe.



Receeding Tide :- The tidal pull and drag of shingle is a wonderful sound. The beach is constantly changing with every wave. Twice a day it gets to rest before the sea rolls in again and moves it all around once more. Every coastline of every bit of land on the planet is subject to this action. All of it being rearranged and moved around.



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Saturday, 15 August 2015

Sunstrip, Lady Peckett's Yard and Multi Levelled Gap

Sunstrip :- An unexpeted shot and opportunity. I'd driven down to the coast with the intention of photographing the setting sun from the beach at low tide. I cannot park on the coast road so had to find a space on the side road leading up to it. The side road where I parked is flanked by fields and this was the view over the field to the west as I got out of the car. I ran a short way down the road to where a large gate was open and giving me access to the field as I wanted to get the camera close to the crop to add a little moire interest and depth to the overall shot. The final image turned out way better than I'd anticipated.



Lady Peckett's Yard :- Way back in 1986 a photo was taken of me as a fresh faced 20 year old wandering down this very alleyway. You can see that photo here - https://plus.google.com/+JustinHill/posts/Deabpw9gtKm . The thing is for years I've looked at that image and as much as I knew it had been taken in the City of York I couldn't for the life of me remember where in the City of York the alleyway was. On each occasion that I found myself in that historical walled wonderland I'd looked for it and never found it. But then this July (2015) I spent a week exploring the City once again and found it quite by accident ... and I wasn't even looking for it this time! This is 'Lady Peckett's Yard' which is a tight and narrow lane that runs south - east from a road called 'Pavement' and then dog legs in a hard right angle to connect at the bottom with the ancient street of 'Fossgate'. The shot was taken looking up towards where it exits out into 'Pavement'. The lane is named after Alice Peckett who was the wife of John Peckett who was the Lord Mayor of York in 1701. She is apparently one of the ghosts that haunts the nearby Golden Fleece Pub which is reputedly the most haunted pub in England. York has many little lanes and alleyways dotted around and they are known as "Snickelways". Originally this medieval alley was called Bacusgail and then later became Bakehouse Lane before being named after Lady Peckett. If you like confectionary and chocolate you may also be interested to know that Joseph Rowntree once owned a considerable number of properties and warehouses in this alley.



Multi Levelled Gap :- I love taking photos in the halflight. There's nothing quite like it. Neither day nor night there's an odd light and hue that takes over for a brief period of time. When it's the other way around and dawn takes over from night the look is very different. It's a much colder and harder light. The subject matter of this image is the huge set of steps that connect the lower undercliff walk with the cliff tops at Ovingdean Gap near Brighton. They don't look too bad in this image but you can take it from me that they are indeed 'calf killers' as the muscles in the back of your lags are burning by the time you get to the top. They are 1930's built and quite steep. the lower / bottom section is a tight spiral.



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