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 Groyne 73 post number was taken in 2015 and it is an end post: the lowest post on the groyne that spends the most time in the sea. Below is the same post in 2006, 2011, 2012, 2013, April 2014 April, and May 2014.
I included these twelve post tops – six above and six below – because they show a burnt pair. Photographs taken in 2002, 2006, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. In both pairs the sea comes from the right and the prevailing weather systems from the bottom right (the south west ). The lower set of pictures show the seaward post in the pair, this post gets the worst of the weather and protects the landward post (the ones above) to some extent. I find the fact that this post has had an L shaped half ferule bonded to it since 2006 a testament to the statistical possibility of the unlikely. While this half ferule has hung on many other post top have lost their ferules all together.
Groyne 73 joins the promenade at the back of the building on the corner of Channel View West and the promenade.
If you come to see the groyne post please take care and check tide times.