Hastings Pier

Hastings Pier in late 2010
Hastings Pier in late 2010

For the first post on this blog I’m going to revisit a lens that I have now sold, and it’s probably the one I regret letting go of the most. Not only is it a great lens on the 159 that allowed me to take some seriously wide images, it’s also a great lens on APS-C digital cameras. As i can’t afford a new one I’ve got myself a Tamron 17mm of which more later!

The shot above os of Hastings Pier, taken on an Eos 1Ds, at a stage a little while after the fire when the demilition contractor had removed all of the wreckage on superstructure. After watching a number of dog walkers not coming to a sudden end I decided it was safe enough to venture underneath where I was very struck by the Graphic nature of the ruin it has now become.¬†This led me to think that of taking some high contrast images (a little bit in the manner of Keld Helmer-Peterson a book of who’s work is a refernece point for me). They portray the starkness of the structure’s plight, yet, by removing the texture of age,¬†they also look like images of modern a structure under construction, leading one to speculate what could be as much as what has been.

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