The coastline of Bexhill on Sea, East Sussex, consists of a shingle beach maintained by a series of T-shaped, wooden piled groynes. This is a photographic exploration of a community of groynes that co-exist on the beach, next to the promenade from West Parade to Channel View. The photographs examine the individual characteristics of the post tops. Using photo montage, the ferrule was manipulated to create the number which links the post top to the groyne in which it exists. This series of blogs presents a small selection from work that started in 2002 and continues to this day.
This is probably groyne post seven, counting from the promenade. Counting posts is difficult and not as useful as you would think, although they clearly remain in the same order, which ones you can see varies from year to year; sometimes from one month to another. The middle post in the above series was covered when I went to take the groyne set, that is probably what killed the plant life. The photographs were taken in 2012, 2014 and 2015.
Look carefully at the photograph taken in 2015 (March) and you can see tiny green leaves sprouting. For those thinking `I can’t see any tiny sprouting green leaves’, well neither did I, at first.
This is the end post of groyne 52. It is a small, single post and the photographs were taken in 2012, 2014 and 2015. The centre metal stud, located in the middle of the post top, is quite common on end posts; I am not sure why they are there.
Groyne 52 is in front of `Grenada’; a block of flats onWest Parade, Bexhill on Sea.
This is a relatively short groyne. I have seen 15 double post tops (although there may be a couple more as yet unseen), 6 single post tops and there are 2 small single post tops at the end.
Take care by the sea, viewing many of the post tops will depend upon the tide.