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 photograph used to create the groyne post number was taken in 2014. The post images beneath were taken in 2011, 2012 and the post on the right was the most recent image, taken in March 2015.
Looking up the length of Groyne 67 from the sea, you can see two new blocks of apartments that stand at the entrance to Sackville Road.
The scaffolding is testament to the problems of steel and concrete buildings, particularly in seafront property. Of the two sets of flats the one on the right is likely to get the worst of the south-westerly winds which tends to bring the worst weather to Bexhill.
I see quite predictable parallels between the wear patterns on the groyne posts and those of the building along the shoreline.
If you come to see the groyne post please take care and check tide times.
Despite the problems with the steel concrete and sea air, I like the shapes and the curves of these buildings, although I wouldn’t want the maintenance charges.