London By The Sea

Brighton Beach Lovers 2001-2008
The West Pier, Brighton © Stewart Weir 2004

An image taken underneath Brighton’s now derelict West Pier which was built in 1866 and closed in 1975. In the distance can be seen Brighton’s remaining open pier; The Palace Pier was built in 1891 and was renamed Brighton Pier in 2000 much to the locals disagreement.

“What I have always liked about Brighton is its impersonality. Since the 18th century, people have come, used the place and gone home again”. Lynne Truss

What Remains

 The Brighto West Pier © Stewart Weir 2012
The Brighton West Pier © Stewart Weir 2012

Earlier in the year I ventured into the world of Pinhole photography. This image of Brighton’s now dead West Pier was shot using a Titan Harman 5×4 Pinhole camera  at an aperture of f206 with an exposure of 90 seconds using Fomapan 100 5×4 sheet film. With no viewfinder and no shutter its a Universe away from shooting with a film camera and an eternity away from shooting with a digital camera. A Pinhole Camera or Camera Obscura is nothing more than a light sealed box with a very small hole used as a ‘lens’. The smaller the hole the sharper the image but the longer the exposure needed.

The first surviving mention of the principles behind the pinhole camera belongs to Mozi (470 to 390 BCE), a Chinese philosopher and the founder of Mohism. Mozi referred to this device as a “collecting plate” or “locked treasure room.”