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 number for Groyne 77 was taken in 2012. Below is the same post in 2011, 2014 and 2015.
The 3 images above of this post were taken in 2011, 2014 and 2015. I particularly like the fact that between 2014 and 2015 the same two tiny pebbles remain wedged in the crack, more worn and weed covered but still there.
The three images of this post were taken in 2012, 2014 and 2015.
This is the 31st and final groyne in the current series of Post Top Studios. The studio presents a collection of images of post tops and other images associated with each groyne from Groyne 47 (just west of West Parade) to Groyne 77 (just east of Channel View West).
Bexhill groynes run from Groyne 1 to Groyne 121, I have been taking photographs of them since 2002 and I find myself fascinated and surprised by them. While I am pleased to have completed this particular presentation of some of what I have collected, this is not the end. Next year will see me back on the beach, finding and recording what has changed and what remains.
Groyne 77 runs through the sail boats of Bexhill Sailing Club and can be seen from Kerry’s, on the corner of Sea Road, where I often enjoy a cup of tea and toasted teacake.
If you come to see the Groyne 77 please take care and check tide times.