West Pier opened in 1866 amid a railway-driven tourism boom in Brighton. It was extended in 1893, and a concert hall was added in 1916. Its popularity began to decline after World War II, and concerts were replaced by a funfair and tearoom. By the 1960s, the pier was suffering from serious financial difficulties, exacerbated by increasing maintenance costs. It was eventually forced to close down in 1975.
Despite several proposed restorations, nothing came to fruition, and it suffered major structural damage in the Great Storm of 1987. In 2002, the pier partially collapsed during another storm, and the following month the concert hall fell over, leaving the entire structure close to total collapse. Then, in 2003 fire swept through the pier, gutting much of the remaining structure. The following year, high winds caused the middle of the pier to collapse completely, and it was declared beyond repair.
Today, the derelict skeleton of the pavilion still stands alone against the forces of time and nature.
BERTIE TAYLOR [@bertietaylor]... I’m a photographer based both in Brighton and London, UK. I like to follow my instinct when it comes to photography, many of my shots are taken on impulse without thinking too much about what I'm doing at the time and I like working that way.
On the other side of things, I have a bit of a soft spot for cinematography and like to create shots that have almost a cinematic atmosphere or quality about them and that’s what I love about using film.
Photography is one of the few things that when Im doing it, I don’t feel like I should be anything else.
I like the places where photography and intrigue leads me, whether that may be to a scrapyard in the middle of the night or to a McDonalds car park in Northern Spain, photographing reflections in puddles. I never dreamt or expected that I’d spend so much time in such places but that’s what I like, the unexpected places you find yourself and the people that you meet there.
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Morning! I'm donating a framed A4 Giclée print and a brass Moonstone necklace to a charity fundraiser to keep the Brighton Breastfeeding Drop-In, a community service in Hanover, run by wonderful volunteers, going strong.
Goodbye Creations, I send you with love and wishes that you may help raise a mountain of money so this supportive resource is maintained. In a time of cuts on cuts on cuts, it's important we unite so women continue to be held and supported.
The event takes place at The Dover Castle on Friday 16th November from 7.30pm. There will be live music and a charity auction jam-packed with products and services donated by Brighton folk! Entrance is £5.
Culture club in #brighton last night 💙⠀
Boy George an icon and unapologetic for who he is. ⠀
In the 80’s - he broke the rules, courageously showed up as who he was & has had the meltdowns and the massive genius moments to show for it. ⠀
Success doesn’t come without sacrifice. ⠀
It doesn’t come without showing up fully and being courageous in self actualising, innovating and doing the opposite of everyone else. ⠀
Would we remember him if he hadn’t ?! Stop being boring - create a scandal instead, that’s your genius 🙌🏻 Thanks for reminding us @boygeorgeofficial rocking the house, an amazing gig. ⠀
Thank you @gemmacarre for Tickets, an amazing night as we always do. ⠀
@nargiscross and I yesterday were talking about going outside of your Industry for inspiration - music & photography -are two BIG ones for us ✨ ⠀
So proud of this chef extraordinaire👩🍳 @abbybutcher is hosting a queer Supper Club on 22nd Nov for #lgbt folk in #brighton its gonna be full of lush food, drinks and the best company of dinner mates everrr! Don’t miss out - book your tickets through the link in my bio. Check out her food talent in these snapz xooxox #supperclub#brighton#hove#queer#dining#foodporn