From The Tower of London

Yet another set of photos that never got blogged at the time of taking them back in January (don’t ask, it’s been a very strange year) which is a shame as I was, and am, very proud of these London beauties. Many were taken from the top of Tower Bridge; I paid my tenner AND got to see some Martin Parr prints that were exhibiting there at the time.

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Tower Bridge opens its upper floor to the general public – well worth a tenner.
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How small the Tower of London now looks against all these modern constructions.
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HMS Belfast sitting tight
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The Walkie-Talkie building – twice
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City Hall and The Shard
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Lads on a bridge.
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The Sea Containers building all lit up.
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The London Eye still dressed from Christmas
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City pedestrians – they all walk so quickly.
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Hastings Pier Wins the 2017 RIBA Stirling Architecture Prize for the Best Building in the UK

Wow, that’s quite an accolade for the structure that locals either love or hate, and regardless of opinion, colloquially call ‘the plank’. The 2017 RIBA Stirling architecture prize for best building is, according to some, excessive for a space in which there is ‘nothing to do’ and well deserved for others who love to promenade to the end and enjoy the huge void above the waves. Hopefully, these photos on, off and of the pier, taken over a period of time in the past couple of years, may prove this open space, that is adaptable for a range of events such as music, yoga and…. a car show room…., is well worthy of the prize.

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In extreme weather
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Hastings and Ore Photographic Club stall out at the Health and Hobbies fair
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These heraldic, colourful flags went up again this summer.
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Choir practice
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Car Sales Room. Really?
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The Plank
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I managed to get a photo in the camera obscura before it was blown across the pier and broken during Storm Brian
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Accessible for most.
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Sunsets from here
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Storm weather
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From the beach at low tide
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With sunset behind me.
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Simon Robert’s Pierdom exhibition
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reflections in glazing panels
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The community space
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Moon rising
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A cafe with a sunset
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Zombie Walk
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Yoga
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Yarn bomb decor
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Eating space on upper deck.
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Where the sun sets
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In the rain
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Dramatic location

 

 

 

 

 

A walk down All Saints Street, Hastings

Well, it took me over an hour to walk the few hundred yards that is All Saints Street in Hastings. It was resplendent under the mid afternoon sun – not the best time to take photos but sometimes you have to before everything disappears into shadow.

At least, this time, I managed to stop myself for a while before being drawn over the road and onto the beach. But that’s another post.

 

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The Priscilla MacBean (C1920) is one of the two old life boats currently on display in Hastings
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The Stag Inn is the reputedly the most haunted pub in Hastings.
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Example of Tudor architecture in Hastings
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The flagstones of All Saints Street pavements.
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Pretty flowers decorated the street.
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Looking a little spaghetti western in places adds to the eclectic atmosphere of Hastings Old Town
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People making a real effort with their potted plants And, when the decisive moment is the sudden appearance of a babies’ buggy.
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Maybe not the oldest architecture, but I love these little cottages.
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These slab steps are a fond memory of my youth – sitting there with my then besties 🙂
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More early architecture – once inhabited by fishermen and tradesmen, many have now been priced out by holiday let landlords.
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Love zinc pots
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Postcard perfect scene.
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The second of the lifeboats on display with All Saints church in the background.

 

The Walled Nursery, Hawkhurst

I have been lucky enough to get permission to photograph the ongoing restoration work that is happening at The Walled Nursey in Hawkhurst. The young couple that have taken on this horticultural nursery have embarked on an exciting and commendable project to restore the 4 commercial sized Victorian greenhouses, the vinery, the orangery and the cold frames. My camera and I hope to be regular visitors, helping Emma and Monty and their team to document this

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Closed for refurbishment
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Greenhouses and cold frames
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Cast iron detail
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Structure
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Cast guttering
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Window fittings
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Window operators
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Internal sump
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Timber doors
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Threshold grill
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Some of the team
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Discussions
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Humour
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The Orangery
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Overgrown
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Cold frame panels
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Operating handle
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Temporary accomodation
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Nursery c

Low tide at the pier

I cannot believe it has been so long since I was on the beach. The pier at low tide will always offer an interesting play with light, lines and space.

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Circles and angles looking cold even from the cafe
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Deceptive skies
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Playing with DOF
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When the reflections scream
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geometry
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No sunset then
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More reflections
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The seafront properties are looking more and more cared for.
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Playing with ICM (intentional camera movement)

Bodium

It wasn’t quite the same walking the orchard this week without the little white thing but the weather was fine and the cider brewery didn’t clear all the apples so the colours were resplendent in the autumn sun. It was such a fine day, we extended our walk up to the castle and engaged with the ducks who are always extremely outrageous but highly comical.

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Autumn windfalls.
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Cider apples that are normally collected by the brewery.
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A hardy few cling on for dear life.
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Sunshine and cobwebs.
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Bodium castle in the sun.
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A formidable construction.
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The moat ducks are audacious
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They always cheer me up.
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Lots of new vineyards in the area producing new local wines.
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Rushes by the river.
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Silhouettes.
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The Bodian steam railway soon to me linked in to the national network.

Shoreham Quarry and Cement works

This near abandoned bastion of industry just north of Shoreham (Beeding) was constructed at the turn of the C20th (history here) on the site of a traditional lime quarry. Unfortunately, with the threat of such a hefty fine and a seemingly active security guard, we weren’t quite brave enough to breach the fences and get some interior shots which I imagine would have been just as unsettling as the architecture and decay of the dominating exterior. The South Downs, being composed predominantly of chalk, are scarred, up and down the coast, with evidence of mining – although few are as imposing as this site.

I’ve tried a different type of edit inspired by a post from Lenscaper, although for different reasons. I’m hoping desaturating this image and pushing the curves will exaggerate the lines on the buildings and suggest austerity and a lack of activity. What do you think?

 

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Industrial and austere
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You’d have to look hard to see the tiny car to get some sense of scale.
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I think the kids may have had a smashing time.
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Like something from the movies.
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Concrete blocks remind me of the Russian legacy in Cuba.
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More concrete.
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And, more concrete.

 

 

St Leonards on Sea

I’ve been wandering around my ‘hood and looking at the decay of the architectural heritage bequeathed us by Decimus Burton and the Victorians. Oh, they did like to be beside the seaside… beside the sea. Ironic that the very cause to instigate such grandeur should also be the cause of its demise – maintaining these weather beaten buildings is a relentless battle that is seemingly being lost at the moment.

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Seaside villas
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Architectural detail
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Terraces
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Stylish design
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Cottages for the workers
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The back of Marine Court C1938