The West Pier Brighton - HDR by Colin  Williams Photography

A 3 shot HDR processed in Photomatix Pro

The West Pier is a pier in Brighton, England. It was built in 1866 by Eugenius Birch and has been closed and deteriorating since 1975, awaiting renovation. It was Brighton’s second pier, joining The Royal Suspension Chain Pier of 1823, and it is one of only two Grade I listed piers in the UK, the other being Clevedon Pier.

Plans by the charity the West Pier Trust, which now owns the pier, to renovate it with help from the Heritage Lottery Fund, were opposed by some local residents. The local media reported that a major concern was the impact of commercial operations on the shore that were apparently required to help fund the project. The Noble brothers, owners of the Palace Pier, joined the objectors, having originally been supporters of the restoration scheme (the 1996 Year of the Pier was launched from the Palace Pier). Their reported point of view was that subsidised rebuilding, were it to happen, would represent unfair competition. The West Pier Trust said on 15 July 2008 that it was confident the West Pier would be rebuilt. Its long-term aim is to re-establish the structure, which has been destroyed by two fires, as a major tourist attraction along with the "Brighton Eye (i360) a futuristic observation tower. Further work on rebuilding the pier will not begin until construction is “well under way” on the i360.

Ever since a child, aviation has been a keen interest of mine, with warbirds being my favourite. Since joining Redbubble, I have become a keen follower of HDR work, which I am concerntrating on at the moment.

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  • BCImages
    BCImagesover 5 years ago

    stunning work colin

  • Thanks Steve !

    – Colin Williams Photography

  • georgieboy98
    georgieboy98over 5 years ago

    Traditionally Brighton has had two piers for as long as I can remember so I hope this one does get rebuilt. We used to go to Brighton a lot – less than an hour down the old Brighton Road from Coulsdon. Sometimes for a day by the sea, other times for the drive and sometimes to watch the Brighton Tigers Ice Hockey team! It’s amazing how often your photos bring back memories! Great work Colin. Peter

  • Thanks Peter, I don`t think they will ever do anything with the pier !

    – Colin Williams Photography

  • Gary Gurr
    Gary Gurrover 5 years ago

    A fantastic treatment of a timeless classic, super work on this one Colin!

  • Thanks Gary

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  • Anna Shaw
    Anna Shawover 5 years ago

    That is a terrific image. Beautifully composed and stunning colours.
    xx
    Anna

  • Thanks Anna !

    – Colin Williams Photography

  • Kristina K
    Kristina Kover 5 years ago

    wow, wouldnt you think that they wouldnt let it get to that state..
    great shot :)) k

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    your comments. Please stop by anytime.

    – Colin Williams Photography

  • Bob Culshaw
    Bob Culshawover 5 years ago

    Wow Colin great capture of what looks to be an incredibly large restoration project!

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    – Colin Williams Photography

  • Jeff  Burns
    Jeff Burnsover 5 years ago

    Beautifully done

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  • Cherubtree
    Cherubtreeover 5 years ago

    Love this…so gorgeous and original!

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    your comments. Please stop by anytime.

    – Colin Williams Photography

  • UnEasy
    UnEasyover 5 years ago

    Very beautiful, and a trifle sad as well – to see a place which was once a venue for many good times in such a state of decline. Yet even now, as shown by your stunning photo, it has a beauty its own.

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    your comments. Please stop by anytime.

    – Colin Williams Photography

  • Kate Adams
    Kate Adamsover 5 years ago

    Stunning work Colin!! – very interesting renovation project!!

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    your comments. Please stop by anytime.

    – Colin Williams Photography

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