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The West Pier collapsed mostly into the sea. It took a long time about it. Early in it's decline you could buy it for a pound if you would renovate it, but nobody did. A massive flock of birds, starlings? nested there, and came in in a huge big swarm at sunset. Coupla years ago I spent a lot of time in Brighton. The pier was being set on fire on a fairly regular basis. I took photos, like a lot of people. Somehow hardly any of mine came out. This was just before I finally defected to digital, and I can tell you, I have never looked back. I don't like looking through lenses, and I don't like blind processes. I was always crap at ceramics and welding and things like that too. Further to which, just then, my cameras all broke, and I had my own burn out, and my back got banjaxed so I couldn't get up. I have some sympathy for the West Pier.
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Peter: 11th Apr 2005 - 17:35 GMT
Ill or not, photomontages can often be really neat. When I read this site, I find that I'm drawn more to entries that have- as this one does- a nice image with a little bit of background explaining the situation... it makes for a fun read. thanks for posting this!
Jamie: 11th Apr 2005 - 19:06 GMT
I concur with peter. Words can paint a picture all of their own. They can complement a photo or create a mental image all of their own. I don't contribute as much as i once did but when i do, these days it tends to be more textual. I'm feeling unusually articulate lately. I am spending a great deal of time reading and writing. I am becoming a conduit.
elaine: 11th Apr 2005 - 19:24 GMT
Thanks, I was nervous about putting this one in because it's not really of the same register as the other stuff on the site, though it is very much more like my other work in other media. I am trying to push myself to put words with things because although there is an embarrassment factor, it is also humanising and connecting and I really like the text based stuff people do on this site
Jamie: 11th Apr 2005 - 19:28 GMT
Partly because i have little time for photography these days and also due to my new found penchant for creative writing, i am finding myself using words to paint pictures of things. Things that cannot necessarily be captured on film or ccd. Things from my past which i neglected to visually document. Things which i however wish to articulate visually in the minds eye of the reader. I will write here more. That i can promise.
elaine: 12th Apr 2005 - 09:54 GMT
I was recently jolted by the power of words when listening to a radio programme about how weather had influenced novels and Ian McEwan talked about how he had written the cement garden in South London in the summer of 76, when the tarmac was bubbling in the heatwave and the binmen were on strike, and he was in a basement room overlooked by towerblocks, and he described the hot filthy silt coming in from the road, and how he had to keep the windows shut. Then they read a piece from the book about the boy staring out the window at his sister, and absently dipping his finger in some melted butter to the sound of buzzing flies... 'it was too hot to clean the kitchen'. Fab.
Editor: 14th Apr 2005 - 08:44 GMT
elaine: please repost eye of the storm and stop hex as they were lost in the recent balls up here. they were two of my favourite articles of late. that skeletal effigy in the window rocked.
Peter: 14th Apr 2005 - 13:14 GMT
that bulldozer sure looks foreboding... i love the last two, where the buildings look like theyre falling over. speaking of falling over, whats going on in the photo of that collapsed structure on the pier?
elaine: 14th Apr 2005 - 18:09 GMT
I structured this as a day trip to and from London. The photos are all pre-digital and scanned in and not altered. Pic 1 is from my then bedroom in London, 2 is yes, a weird bulldozer thing - they have to tidy the pebbles on the beach, I love the way they've hooched up a lockable cab, it makes it look grim. Pic 3 is the pier in the state of collapse I think between fires, so it is worse now but less photogenic, then 4&5 are from the car, back in in east london - I like those smeary night shots, too. Hex posted, eye comin up, hadda rethink text, since I wrote it on the fly, so new test with it
dawn: 15th Apr 2005 - 18:05 GMT
Re: day trip. There's something really sad about these images, like the backbone collapsing(the back collapsing). Structures not able to hold themselves up. A kind of dereliction of the body(ies). You should write more on this. It has a strong sense of loss, and transition. Possible transformation to the new. Rebuilding? Reconstituting? reassembling? Re-membering?
elaine: 15th Apr 2005 - 18:07 GMT
thanks dawn, I've tried to do something more personal with the new 'eye' posting
Peter: 15th Apr 2005 - 18:07 GMT
ahh, the profundity of urban decay as an allegory for the human condition...
elaine: 16th Apr 2005 - 11:54 GMT
yeah, you can get a better class of drunken black eye there, alright
Naufal: 11th Mar 2012 - 15:59 GMT
- These are amazing ptiucres! The fifth image down, looking through the railings to the horizon, is absolutely out of this world. Really enjoying your blog, a new discovery for me this morning (and a very happy one!)
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