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The Little Planet of the Twilight Zone

phil hemsley

Totnes, United Kingdom

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“Laughter is day, and sobriety is night; a smile is the twilight that hovers gently between both, more bewitching than either.”

Henry Ward Beecher

Mirrored polar panoramic projection of Paignton Pier at twilight, with the distant lights of Brixham just visible below its promenade.

Paignton Pier is a pleasure pier in the large English seaside resort Paignton, Devon. It was financed by Arthur Hyde Dendy, a local Paignton barrister and designed by George Soudon Bridgman.

The 780 feet (240 m) pier, with its customary grand pavilion at the seaward end, was opened to the public for the first time in June 1879. The pier-head pavilion was home to many forms of entertainment including singing, dancing, recitals, music hall, and most famously Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera, re-titled HMS Pinafore on the water, performed by Mr D’Oyley’s full company on 27 and 28 July 1880. In 1881 the pier-head was enlarged to facilitate the construction of a Billiard room, adjoining the pavilion.

On the death of Arthur Dendy Paignton Pier was purchased by the Devon Dock, Pier and Steamship Company, under whose ownership it became a regular stop for paddle steamers travelling between Torquay and Brixham.

In 1919 the pier-head and its associated buildings were destroyed in a fire. These were never replaced and a period of decline followed. Sectioned as a defence measure in 1940, for fear of German invasion, the damaged neck was eventually repaired once hostilities had ceased.

In 1980 the fortunes of Paignton Pier took a turn for the better when a major redevelopment project was undertaken. This included the widening of the shoreward end to ensure a uniform neck, and the construction of the rather stylish pavilions that remain today. Paignton Pier comprises an entrance building at the shoreward end along with what looks to be several individual pavilion buildings connected along the neck. These in fact form one single amusement arcade through their entire length. At the pier-head there is now an open amusement area containing karts, slides and carousel.

Pentax K-x
Pentax 18-55mm SMC/ DAL lens
Hoya circular polarizer (to reduce glare and act as an ND Standard filter by 2 stops)
Bilora Stabilo tripod
Hot-shoe mounted spirit level

f/11
ISO-200

High Dynamic Range (HDR) image from 3 manually bracketed RAW exposures at -1.5, 0, +1.5 ev = 4seconds, 10 seconds and 30 second exposures) using Photomatix Pro 3.26

Finished in Adobe Photoshop 6.0 – including mirrored polar panoramic (stereographic) projection.

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