Archive for the ‘Hastings’ Tag

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?

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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!

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.

Distant Rain   5 comments

The past 17 months have seen the driest conditions on record in the East of England, and the South East isn’t fairing much better. This report from the Environment Agency shows that river flow, reservoir and ground water levels are well below what is considered normal. The report suggests the measures that might need to be taken if we do not get significant rainfall in the near future, with vague terms such as ‘customer restrictions’ and ‘efficiency education’ being mentioned. I don’t think we are near the Great Drought of 1976 yet, but if this goes on for a few more months that may change.

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