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Rush :- I was originally going to process this image as a black and white but after playing around with it for a while I realised just how striking the muted grey blues and greens were so ended up going with the colour option. So this is an image of Brighton's famous West Pier ruins. I am old enough to remember walking on this pier before it closed in the mid 1970's and have watched its sad demise ever since. However I still love her delicate but dangerous frame and am proud that some of my photos and images are being used by the West Pier Trust on their website, Facebook page and leaflet.

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Vacant Stare :- The regimented iron supports of Brighton's West Pier stand firm on the beach as the sun drops down behind them. When seen like this they look like some modern art installation or some kind of surreal sculpture. From my point of view they are an absolute visual gift and offer many great photographic opportunities when the conditions (lighting, weather etc) are right.

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Blues and Greys :- A severely low tide allows the rarely seen sand of Brighton beach to reflect the ruins of its West Pier. The miserable weather had manged to suck the colour out of everything in its path, the cold was entering every pore in my body and the damp was pervading my clothing. There was a heaviness in the air as the threat of rain hung over our heads. Every now and then the distant thrum of impatient traffic managed to break through the steady, monotonous beat of the waves.

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Fallen Angel :- I shot this back in 2015 during the low perigee tide. As luck would have it the low tide also coincided with sundown and mother nature didn't disappoint as she proceeded to put on a great show. It's easy to forget the sheer size of the West Pier Ruins. From the promenade and shore she (I always refer to it as 'she' for some reason) doesn't look that big but the closer you get the more the metal work looms up and begins to tower over you. There is exquisite beauty in decay, the trick is finding it and seeing it. With the West Pier (which opened in 1866) it's hard to avoid as she's still full of spindly curves and intricate grace.

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The Great Divide :- An obvious shot and image that would lend itself perfectly for black and white processing which is (funnily enough) exactly why I didn't do that and processed it as a colour image instead. I loved the bleak, desaturated natural colours of this wet and windy Brighton beach scene. The image was shot on the night of the 'Super Moon' but due to the thick blanket of cloud cover the moon didn't show at all for us. Thankfully though it did pull the sea out further than normal which allowed the remains of the 1866 built West pier to reflect in the wet sand.

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Heavy :- For the first time in roughly a year I actually went out last night with my camera (and tripod). The original plan was to get a few shots of the supermoon but due to a vast amount of cloud cover I didn't catch a glimpse of it once! However, there was yet another incredibly low perigee tide so i ventured out on the sand and grabbed a few shots of my muse which is Brighton's West Pier. She hit 150 a few weeks ago as she opened her doors to the public in 1866. She's old and infirm now but is still trying to hold her head high. Anyway here's a rare shot of her taken last night as her reflection was caught in the wet sand.

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Heavy Weather :- Last night I attended a talk titled "Breathing new life into the West Pier Site". The talk was part of the West Pier's 150th birthday celebrations and was held in the Attenborough Room of the British Airways i360 in Brighton. Professor Fred Gray (Honorary Historian of the West Pier Trust) interviewed David Marks and Julia Barfield, the husband and wife team who are the heart and soul of the incredible Marks Barfield Architects (responsible for the British Airways i360 and the London Eye plus many more architectural designs around the globe). As I made my way along the promenade to the i360 the skies darkened and it started to rain. It was the annoying type of rain where it's not heavy but a constant light and steady shower. It coincided with the sunset causing a very dramatic light to spill out across the South Coast and famous Brighton front. I took this image (using my iPad Mini 3) just before 18:30 pm (10/10/16) and before I entered the building for the talk.

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You can find more information on the West Pier Trust here :- http://www.westpier.co.uk/

And the British airways i360 here :-
http://britishairwaysi360.com/
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Halcyon Frame :- Last night I attended the official 150th birthday party of Brighton's famous West Pier. It was a wonderful event put together by the West Pier Trust and hosted by the British Airways i360. The evening started off with a ride to the top of the tower in the incredible 70 tonne glass viewing pod which got us way above Brighton silently and smoothly. We watched the sun go down and set before slowly coming back down to land. Once back down safely the drink started to flow and speeches were made by several people including David Marks himself who is one half of Marks Barfield Architects who designed the London Eye and the British Airways i360. The West Pier herself was illuminated for the night It was a wonderful event and I would like to take this opportunity to thank both The West Pier Trust and the British Airways i360 for inviting me along and also Lauren Burrows, Dave Miller and all the hard working staff for making me feel very welcome. Thank you.

This shot of the West Pier at sunset was taken by me on the 29/09/2015 during an incredibly low tide. It's been on file for just over a year. It's now time to release it into wild and let the internet do its thing.

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Birthday Girl :- I haven't shared any of my photos for nearly a year. I needed to step back and take a break. To be honest I'm still not sure whether to jump back in again or not but today I make a special exception. This image was taken during a low perigee tide on Brighton seafront on 29/09/2015. It shows the skeletal remains of Eugenius Birch's magnificent West Pier and today marks its 150th birthday. On the 6th October 1866 she opened to the public with a marching band playing and a 21-gun salute. She's entertained film stars and been a film star herself on more than one occasion. In the 1920's she was seeing more than two million paying visitors a year pass through her gates. Somehow or other she then slowly went through a decline and 50 years on from those two million visitors she was closed to the public for good. Storms raged and fires burned and what we were left with is what now stands just off Brighton's shoreline by Brighton's newest world record breaking attraction the British airways i360. I loved her as a child, I still love her with all my heart to this very day and I wish her a very happy birthday.

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Old Lady :- She's stood here since 1866. With her back to the horizon she's been staring at Regency Square and Brighton's seafront for all those years. She's entertained and played host to many famous actors and musicians. She's appeared in films, on TV and put on shows of her own. Now she's enjoying retirement. She's not as strong as she used to be. She's frail and has lost her looks but is still dignified and a grand old lady!

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