Flowers and Water   4 comments

I liked this view of some flowers overhanging the stream and the different looking background the moving water provides. The white flower is a wood anemone, the yellow one I’m not so sure of. Can anyone tell me?

Ripples and Rain   1 comment

Just a simple shot of the rain falling into Sovereign Harbour, Eastbourne. Then it started raining much harder so I put the camera away.

The Jerwood Gallery   11 comments

The recently opened Jerwood Gallery in Hastings is part of the Jerwood Foundation, an organisation that has been created to house their collection of modern British Art. It has been built on the Stade, part of Hastings Old Town. The square in the foreground is used for special events such as the Seafood & Wine Festival, and the redevelopment included a new cafeteria and public toilets.

This site was previously a coach and lorry park, pictures of which can be seen here.

There was a determined campaign to prevent the construction of the gallery on the Stade. All of the arguments against it are outlined on this website, however the core of the argument appears to be that the removal of the coaches from the old town would impact on the numbers of tourists visiting the area. They argue that the gallery could have been built in a different part of the town.

The council were determined to have their way however, and it’s likely that if they had suggested a different site for the gallery the Jerwood Foundation would have pulled out of the deal and gone elsewhere. It is a prime location after all and the other suggested sites were well outside of the areas that tourists normally visit.

I think that the gallery and it’s surrounds are a far better use for the land than a bus park. It adds an additional attraction to the area and may even draw in a new audience of people. The council have set aside coach drop off points near to the Stade, and provided parking for the coaches a couple of miles away, which seems a reasonable solution to me. As for the building itself, I reckon that it fits in nicely with the surroundings, and the hand made ceramic tiles are particularly attractive. I haven’t been inside yet though. The £5 residents entry (£7 for ‘out of towners’) puts me off, especially when the art displayed inside isn’t really my thing. Perhaps that in itself says something!

I guess time will tell what economic effects of this redevelopment will have. Hastings needs all the income it can get at it is in the top 20 of the most deprived areas in England, so hopefully the impact will be a positive one. For some other interesting opinons and photographs on the Jerwood from people who visit Hastings I recommend this blog article by Sideways14 and this article in the Guardian. If anyone wants to add their own opinion, please do so below!

Pett Level Beach   4 comments

Looking down from the top of the shingle beach at Pett Level I spyed this lady walking her dog and liked the contrast between the beach and the sea. Typically the dog decided to show his backside to me just as they passed the middle of my viewfinder!

Church of St Thomas the Martyr, Winchelsea   4 comments

Winchelsea is a small village in East Sussex with a fascinating history. A hint of it’s previous importance can be seen in the Church of St Thomas the Martyr, the only remaining one of three churches that the town once sustained. It was once the size of a small cathedral, however only the chancel remains. The reason for the deconstruction is not known for sure, raids by the French is one possible reason, or the church was downsized to reduce the tax burden when the community was impoverished.

Although the weather looks pleasant in these photos, it was so cold it was making my hands ache. I planned to spend more time here, but it’s hard to be creative when most of my thoughts were on returning to the warmth of the car.  There is so much to photograph in Winchelsea though and I will be back, but on a warmer day.

No. 1 London Bridge   6 comments

No. 1 London Bridge sits right on the Thames, by London Bridge of all places. I normally walk by without giving it too much attention, and although the design is unusual I don’t really like it. On this occasion however I walked past it on the opposite side of the street  that I normally do and noticed the reflection of the bright blue skies and skyline.

I think I missed the best place to photograph this building however, I like the view that this photographer chose.

Strong Winds 3   6 comments

Finally, a couple more pictures from the other side of the Harbour Arm. The trick here was to get some photographs before the lens got covered in spray. It’s exhilarating being so close, hearing the waves crashing and feeling the spray on your face (and tasting the salt when you lick your lips).

Not all of the fishing fleet was in, you can see the drag marks of a few of the boats to the left. When you need to make a living a bit of wind doesn’t get in the way.

Strong Winds 2   6 comments

Following the photos I took in my last post, I walked closer to the Harbour Arm. Here the incoming waves are forced into the dead end it makes and increase in size and force, creating the drama seen here.

Strong Winds 1   9 comments

This week has seen some strong winds and showers, so I went down to the beach on the way to work to take some pictures. I like the sense of motion in this one.

In this shot I wanted to convey how small the beach looks when the sea is as rough as it was today.

Bluebells   6 comments

This time last year my local woods were a sea of blue, so I was looking forward to seeing a similar display this year. Sadly the erratic weather we have had has impacted on the numbers of bluebells that have flowered. It is still very pretty though. Even better than that is, being the massive cheapskate that I am, I don’t have to pay an entrance fee like you do at some privately owned woods.

White Wood Anemones also known as the The White Goddess compliment the display. Bluebells are often one of the indicator species of ancient woodland.

The UK is estimated to be home to up to 50% of all the world’s natural bluebells. I’m lucky to have them right on my doorstep.

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