Relic - an ethereal view of West Pier in Brighton, West Sussex.


The Pier was designed and engineered by Eugenius Birch to attract visitors and survive the relentless and hostile environment of the English Channel. Opened in 1866, it was a simple and functional structure built using dozens of cast iron threaded columns screwed into the seabed.


I had driven past this imposing structure countless times over the years and had an idea of the composition I wanted for my image. The strength of the four imposing columns which led the eye to the remaining section, isolated and surrounded by the constantly attacking waves.


I arrived on a cold, bleak March morning around 5.45am. Spent some time deciding on the perfect location which gave me the the opportunity to have every aspect of the pier enveloped by water. I framed the shot and waited, counting the rolling waves as they crashed in on the shore. To give the ethereal feel to the image a long exposure was required. I set the timer and fired the shot as the next set of breakers arrived.







  • All prints will be shipped 1st class recorded delivery.


  • Each print is made and signed by me in my studio in West Sussex and is supplied with a Certificate of Authenticity. 

    All images are printed on archival papers from Fotospeed.  These papers last for more than 75 years and under glass much longer.