I only nipped out to get some veggies for supper when I found this little line up in a side street off London Road, it shows the value of keeping a camera with you at all times ‘just in case’. I’m off to Tring in Hertfordshire today to have a look at the Rothschild’s stuffed animal collection which has been on my list of place to visit for a while now, it’ll be good to get out of Brighton for the day, cabin fever is setting in. We’ve the rejuvenated Labour Party in town this coming week so hopefully their will be a bit of action down on the sea front, I will no doubt take a wander down there at some point.
For me this busy photograph summarises all the elements that have gone into the ‘thinking’ about my ‘ark’ project, a mix of animal, boat, umbrella, cars, signs, and in this one an appropriately named pub. I admit I was fortunate here to have the police van and a car with a number plate beginning in KR being stationary in the right place at the right time. To a certain degree you make your own luck but it’s as important to realise when it occurs and then to make the most of it. This was taken on a wet Sunday morning a couple of weeks ago on my regular stomping ground of London Road.
The naked bike ride is one of those annual events on the Brighton calendar which by it’s very nature throws up interesting juxtapositions, needless to some of which are becoming cliches. It’s certainly a day out for the ‘aren’t we wacky, weird and liberated brigade’ who give the city it’s bohemian/alternative credentials and keep wandering photographers like myself on their toes and in hope of something round the corner.
This photograph was taken last year on my stomping ground at the back of London Road.
I was intrigued to see that our local rag ‘The Argus’ has begun to take note of the now burgeoning but apparently ‘joke’ People’s Republic of Brighton and Hove, even more interesting is scanning through the muttering dissent from the humourless ‘whatever next’ Daily Mail reader brigade on the comments page ,to whom I would say, come on, folks, down a G and T or two and lighten up the PRBH are hardly a threat to your suburban bliss…. yet! I’m quite looking forward to the picnic in Preston Park on Sunday.
The photograph above was taken at the back of London Road a couple of years ago when the street was at it’s nadir prior to it’s recent and ongoing ‘Hoxtonisation’. Have a look at http://www.thestraggler.net/londonRoad.html if you would like to see some more.
Here’s another very Brighton image from the same series. Live the dream.