Brighton Beach Hut Locks
Brighton Beach Hut Locks.Thre are 459 Beach Huts in Brighton & Hove. They are along a stretch of just under 3 kilometers along the seafront from Hove Lawns to Hove Lagoon. The photographs refelct the various shades of colour painted on the doors. They also show the weathered look of the door paint of some of the huts. The locks vary from new locks to rusted locks that have been rusted by the salty sea air of the Brighton seafront. …….The Text by the Photographer “I have had to spend a lot of time in Brighton for personal reasons since November, travelling back and forth from London. In the times I have been in Brighton I have been on the lookout for Lockdown photographs. It has meant that I was attracted to the beach looking for something that illustrated lockdown. Brighton is much quieter. Even in winter it can be packed with visitors. But in this latest lockdown it has been eerily quiet in comparison. The beachfront is still filled with locals exercising and walking. I found it hard to make photos unless the sun was shining and the sunset light was glorious. And that was rare when I was in Brighton.
At first I tried to make normal pics of the beachfront with the colourful beach huts as background. They seem to be the only colour in a dreary winter day. But the more I looked at the Beach Huts the more I zeroed in on the locks. Their metallic shiny surfaces most of the time were a great contrast to the colourful paint that the doors of the hut were painted with. The locks and the paint were a great contrast. Even more so when the locks were rusty from the salty air or the paint on the hut was peeling from neglect. Photographing the locks became a metaphor for lockdown for me. I have always liked doing Photo Typolgogies, a photographic record of similar types. You photograph the same thing over and over to create order and uniformity but at the same time reflect on the differences.
There are 459 Beach Huts that line the seafront in Hove along a stretch