Brighton: The Sea and the Storm, a set on Flickr.
This photo set is the second of three sets taken in Brighton during my visit from January 29-30, 2013 to take part in “Freedom from Torture,” an event about Guantánamo organised by the University of Sussex Amnesty International Society, featuring myself, my friend Omar Deghayes, a former Guantánamo prisoner, and Elspeth Van Veeren, a researcher and writer about Guantánamo in the university’s International Relations Department.
It was a great event, as I explained in my previous article, in which I posted the first photo set, and I was also delighted to have time to socialise — with Omar, and with my friend Jackie Chase and her family, who put me up for the night. As I explained in the previous article, Jackie runs Under the Bridge Studios, beside Brighton station, which also houses Radio Free Brighton, a community radio station stuffed full of politics and music, which has just been recognised as being in the Top 30 online stations worldwide.
On January 30, just before my return to London, Omar and I recorded a show that is available here, which I’ll be publicising separately in the very near future, but before that I had the opportunity to cycle from the studios down to the seafront near Brighton’s surviving pier, and then along the seafront to Black Rock and the marina, just over a mile away. This is a lovely trip, from the hustle and bustle of Brighton, along Madeira Drive, a generally quiet road below the massive sea wall that supports Marine Drive and its grand hotels and houses, to the marina, built in the 1970s at Black Rock.
When I set out, it was a lovely sunny day, but within the space of 20 minutes huge storm clouds had rolled in, a rainbow had suddenly emerged, and a torrential storm had engulfed the marina, with waves crashing powerfully on the great breakwater that protects the houses and shops of the marina from the fury of the elements. Though soaked by the storm, I managed to capture some powerful photos of it, before it passed as suddenly as it had arrived, and I cycled back to Brighton, amazed at the elemental journey I had just been through.
I hope to post the final set soon — primarily featuring shops and streets in the wonderfully picturesque North Laine area of Brighton — but for now I hope you enjoy this journey through the elements where the land meets the sea in Brighton.
Andy Worthington is the author of The Guantánamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison (published by Pluto Press, distributed by Macmillan in the US, and available from Amazon — click on the following for the US and the UK) and of two other books: Stonehenge: Celebration and Subversion and The Battle of the Beanfield. To receive new articles in your inbox, please subscribe to my RSS feed — and I can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, Digg, Flickr (my photos) and YouTube. Also see my definitive Guantánamo prisoner list, updated in April 2012, “The Complete Guantánamo Files,” a 70-part, million-word series drawing on files released by WikiLeaks in April 2011, and details about the documentary film, “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo” (co-directed by Polly Nash and Andy Worthington, and available on DVD here — or here for the US). Also see my definitive Guantánamo habeas list and the chronological list of all my articles, and please also consider joining the new “Close Guantánamo campaign,” and, if you appreciate my work, feel free to make a donation.
On Facebook, Ruth Gilburt wrote:
loving the stormy seas….x
Thanks, Ruth. Glad you’re enjoying the photos.
Neil Mckenna wrote:
Aah I remember those arches well! I saw some great gigs at the Concorde venue to the left … plain venue, at least it was in the mid to late nineties, but some cracking bands …
Nice location for a gig, Neil. Wish I’d been there myself …
Rita Pal wrote:
Fantastic pictures. Loved it. This is your best line: “I began in sunshine, and ended up in a raging storm!”
Thanks, Rita. Lovely to hear from you, and glad you liked that line. I was trying to capture something of the intense journey through the elements that I went through in the space of just 20 minutes!
Christopher John Webster wrote:
beautiful set Andy…
Thanks, Chris. Very glad you like the set.
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