I've been working on the South coast of England and whilst there have been staying in a nice inexpensive little hotel just off the coast road near the centre of Brighton town. One evening as I was heading to the hotel after work I noticed that the sky was looking pretty nice so as soon as I had parked the car and dropped my luggage off I headed across the road for a wander along the beach and onto the pier which juts into the English Channel.
Late September is not really high season for tourists and holiday makers and with it being mid week it was fairly quiet and a lot of the attractions were closed. But it made me smile with it's quintessential Englishness. Aluminium furniture, salt & vinegar on the outdoor tables, old ladies with headscarves eating fish 'n' chips, dodgems, murmurations of starlings gathering before winter, candy floss and the sound of gulls calling noisily to each other or perhaps just being noisy just because that is what gulls do. I wandered slowly out to sea, stopping often to watched the people wrapped in their coats, holding their hats firmly to their heads against the gusty breeze. I've no idea how long I took but I came back with a little photo essay which I'd like to share. I hope you enjoy it. Feedback is welcome.