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Hastings pier bench

The newly rebuilt and reopened Hastings Pier. Some of the fixtures are reclaimed from the old pier and cleverly, and beautifully integrated into the new design. The new pier (more photos to follow) is expansive and at the moment, looks a bit empty compared to Palace Pier in Brighton or others based on the Victorian model. The new pier has large spaces that can be used in many ways. Currently, there is a circus tent pitched up.

There is a storm blowing and yet the small number who have bravely ventured to the far end 277 metres out to sea are really enjoying it and everyone is talking in positive terms about the pier and its prospects in the next few years.

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Viewbug Summer Selection Award

Milo gets Viewbug Summer Selection 2016 award

Some of you are aware I participate in Viewbug competitions and challenges. This week my portrait of Milo the Boxer dog was chosen for summer selection by staff. This is along with peer awards by other photographers. Thank you to those voting for the picture.

Viewbug is a community that is great mix of pro and amateur photographers. Some of the amateur and hobbyists are producing astounding work.

Photography is a bit competitive. However the real challenge is always about keeping your own eyes on your own story. Being part of a photographic community keeps you ‘thinking’ in photographic terms.

This picture was taken in 2000 on my first visit to New Zealand. Milo was (RIP) an inquisitive, slightly mischievous dog with a propensity for wind. He sat in the back seat of a VW Kombi and farted all the way from Titirangi to Marakopa. There was lots of window winding up and down.

Milo on Viewbug

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Jam night @ The Dizzy

jam night at the dizzy 3

Monday summer night in South London. 30 degrees at midnight. First heatwave and the heat is still dry. The place is heaving inside and out, people spilled out onto the pavement. In the corner, a whole load of guitars, mandolins, violins, musical saw, clarinet, bass and box drum. Shoes off, barefoot on the deck. Hollering and harmonies. Birthday cake, sleeping dog. The regulars hold up the bar in their regular stools. Businessmen and bus drivers. It’s jam night at The Dizzy.


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Clowning with the eggheads

Puddles at Clown Museum

Stan Bult, one of the founder members of Clowns International had a strange hobby. Every clown has a unique face and name. He painted these onto hen’s eggs in the 1950s and 60s. They became a record of each unique face and clown name. The eggs became the ‘official’ clown register.

These days hen’s eggs have been replaced with porcelain ones as they are less susceptible to breakage.

Here we see Puddles has presented the museum with this remarkably lifelike visage of his friend Big Mike. It’s a bit bigger than the other eggs, but then Puddles doesn’t do things small.