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

 

 

 

 

 

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Hastings Carnival 2017

Unfortunately, due to reasons I can only imagine – rising costs, austerity, people working harder for their buck – the amount of people putting time and effort into Hastings Carnival seems to diminish year on year. Or, maybe, there are so many dress up events in the town’s social calendar (bonfire night, Mayday, pirates day….) that this event, that predates all of them, is no longer ‘trendy’.

Thankfully, there are still those that value it and here are some of them:

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Mayday 2017

Posts are pretty random at the moment as we have had a disjointed house move that saw us sell one without having secured another and therefore spending a couple of months in temporary accommodation. However, we have now completed the purchase on a new home and are expecting Open Reach to come and install our phone line and therefore our internet at the end of the week – we will have only had to wait nearly 4 weeks. Ggrrrrrrr!!!!!

Anyway, just because I have only been posting randomly from various open Wifi spots across town, it doesn’t mean that I haven’t been out and about, taking photos.

This first set were taken at daybreak up at Lady’s Parlour near Hastings castle on the West Hill where some of the dancers, the bogeys and some members of the public gather to watch the sun come up and have a jolly good dance about.

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Then, from 10am, starting at the Fishermans’ Museum, the procession passes, loudly and joyously, through the narrow roads of the old town and back up the hill towards the castle where Morris Dancers from all around the world perform in some sort of Folk dance off before the Jack is slayed around 3pm.

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Hastings’ Pram Race 2016

It was another great evening in Hastings’ Old Town with teams of people dressed up and racing their carts and prams around the pubs to make money for charity. Not sure why I didn’t get so many good photos this year – it certainly wasn’t because I was spending too much time in the pubs. Haha!

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Love Supreme Festival

WHAT a weekend. Non-stop jazz, soul and funk amidst the rolling Sussex Downs at Glynde.

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Friday before the crush.
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Glamping in the other field
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Gentle welcoming
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Native Dancer
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These hard-core festival goers showed us the ropes.
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Saturday swing lessons before breakfast.
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Fantastic to see some very talented newcomers.
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The sun did shine sometimes.
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A great performance by Lianne Lahavas
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Grace Jones was hot on Saturday night.
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Bouncing light
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And teasing the audience
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Grace Jones confetti bomb grand finale
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Sunday – Average White Band
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Caro Emerald was more naughty than you’d think.
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Oh, this man. Closed the festival and bought tears to my eyes. Burt Bacharach.

 

Hastings does Jack In The Green

May Bank Holiday Monday has become one of the biggest days of the year in Hastings. Revived in 1983, the Jack In The Green celebrations have become so popular, not only will the best part of the town come out in fancy dress but there will be another 5000+ visitors to the town to include spectators and participating Morris men. This number will be further swelled by the traditional visiting 20,000+ bikers who fill the slightest remaining parking space – and all the best breakfast places 🙂

As it turned out, today was drizzly and cold but, did that stop them? No, it didn’t!

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The Jack is released and escorted through the streets, climbing to the West Hill where he will be slain.
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Different clans will have drum offs and dance offs.
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People put so much effort into their decorative costumes.
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Have to have a traditional chimney sweep.
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I love the extreme of either swinging a nice white hanky or a huge wooden baton.
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Everyone needs a lunch break.
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Lots of pagan and mythical creatures roam the streets.
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And then, there are the elders.

It’s difficult not to come home with a few hundred photos. I’ve whittled them down a little. Here’s a further selection of those I couldn’t leave behind.

 

Weekly Photo Challenge – Humanity

This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is another tricky one. What is humanity? If you asked one hundred people to define humanity, I wonder if you would get one hundred answers.

At the Eastbourne Steampunk Festival, it was lovely to see all ages come together to enjoy the creativity of the costumes, the music, the artwork et al.

Cocktail Safari at Rye Jazz Festival

Processed in B+W for Leanne’s Monochrome Madness Challenge

Always laughing.
Always laughing.

Being only the third year of the Rye Jazz Festival, it’s not so surprising that the streets weren’t buzzing with activity and there wasn’t a saxophonist on every street corner. However, we struck gold when we turned up at the historic Buttermarket for a gig by a Hastings band: Safari Cocktail. Although we were two of only a few when they started, by the time they’d finished the first set, the street was crowded. Great musicians, great fun.

Because it was such a small venue, I was able to get a lot of shots which then makes it difficult to decide which ones to show and virtually impossible to restrain myself to showing only 6 – so, here are 10. I really enjoyed trying to shoot this event and I shall be looking out for more opportunities to practise this type of photography again.