The Lady in the Fog
the ruins of brighton's west pier shrouded in fog
decaying in the mist
I feel the decaying ruins of Brighton's ageing West Pier are the perfect subject matter to be paired with the melancholia of a thick sea fog and so when I woke one morning to find the entire seafront enshrouded, there was only one place I was going...
A3 – (Printed Area – 380mm x 233mm)
a grand ruin
Affectionately titled The Grand Old Lady, Brighton's decaying West Pier is a structural ruin on the south coast of England that has succumbed beyond repair to a combination of the elements, arson and subsequent sub-tropical storms since its closure in 1975. It has remained a focus of love and affection ever since and I'd long waited for the right foggy conditions to compliment the decaying remains of such an iconic structure. I wanted to create an image that evokes such a timeless feel appropriate to its grandeur, of a structure withstanding and succumbing to time and the elements in a battle where there is only ever going to be one winner. I wanted the superstructure of the pier to loom large and imposing in the frame, like a ghost ship, which left me with the decision of whether or not to show a calm, flat sea surface or include any of the small waves. In the end I got lucky with this one large wave and decided to show that time and tide marches on and waits for none.
- Canon 80D + Tamron 16 - 300 Di II VC PZD @ 80mm | f8 | 1/160sec | ISO100
- Fotospeed Photo Smooth Pearl 290
- Fotospeed Natural Soft Textured Bright White 315