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.
The post used to construct the groyne number was photographed in 2002, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2014 and the last one, without its ferrule, in 2015.
I love watching the waves crash against and roll around the posts of the groyne. Notice on this round ferule the wear and eventual break points are bottom right and top left. The prevailing direction of the wind and waves is from bottom right and yet the greatest wear is on the opposite side of this circular ferule.
The waves shown in the animation are, unusually, coming from the south-east, predominantly hitting the top right of the posts (as seen in the photographs above). Notice that when the waves are coming in like this they are pushing the planking away from the posts.
The prevailing south-west wave pattern pushes them onto the posts and drives the long-shore drift.
Take care by the sea and check the tide times.
These buildings curve away from the promenade providing an excellent view south-east along the coast and they are located opposite Groyne 66.