Brighton West Pier 30 years ago

Hurrah! In my grand sort out, I found my image of the Brighton West Pier in it’s dilapidated, slightly ruined state in the early 1980s (I think, as I have no date on the film). Now, there is very little of this structure left, especially after the 2014 storms. I intend to hotfoot down to Brighton to get an image of the current state of the place……don’t hold your breath, as I have been saying this for the last 3 years!

I think this image will be a good candidate for the One Four Challenge, so I present it here exactly as scanned in…. NO digital jiggery-pokery at all. as a result, it looks a bit dark, flat, lacking in contrast etc etc. It all looks very sad and abandoned…nothing quite like a bit of decay to quicken this photographer’s pulse! But can you believe, I only took this one image! Film kept us cautious with the shutter finger.

Brighton West Pier 1980s

Brighton West Pier 1980s




  1. Be interesting to see what you can do with this image Sue.

  2. I think it looks great as is right out of the camera! It will be interesting to see what you find when you go back …one day 🙂

    • Thanks, Angeline, for your positive comment! However, I know there are some very basic improvements I need to make to this photograph….. Hoping to get down there soonish!

  3. Halcyon days in Brighton indeed Sue…
    Film made us think more I believe, and we didn’t get second chances from Adobe either.
    I miss it a lot. If D+P was still cheap, I would go back to it like a shot. I still have a nice Minolta Dynax 7 in the loft, with a lovely 24-105 lens…Ah…

    Best wishes, Pete.

    • Interesting to see people’s thoughts on film… I used to do my own monochrome D&P back in the days…. Glad I had that experience, still have a load of negs, but I don’t miss it! I really loved slide film, but I clearly have an impatient streak and love to be able to review my shot at the point of capture! So digital ticks my 21st century boxes!

  4. A bit of history, our past…It is a wonderful image.

  5. Great photo, and it looks like a really interesting place!

  6. A wonderful image, Sue. Look forward to seeing what you will do with it. At least you don’t have a boat to move. 🙂

  7. I’m very much looking forward to seeing what you do with the image Sue!

  8. I also was very cautious when using film. I spent 6 weeks going on the Mongolian Express and had to take all the films with me to be developed in UK, 20×36 exposures and so many of them duds. Looking back I so wish I’d had the freedom of digital back then. This photo will be very interesting to see what you finish with.

  9. Ahh…well you know this is close to my heart Sue! Just down there a couple of weeks ago visiting the boys, now the frame, what’s left of is, is split in two. So sad…

  10. It’s a pity that they didn’t try to safe it already than …. it had collapsed a bit more when I lived in Brighton in the middle to late 90’s – but I found it beautiful … great images, but your new images are so brilliant. I prefer them.

    • Thanks! I wish I had been in the intervening years, it would have been interesting to see the gradual decline (but sad, as well)

      • There has always been a orgnisation that was collecting money for the West Pier – I think that its be on hope for rebuildning now – but I love the skeleton – it has its place.

      • I agree, the skeleton has its place….but I give it a decade and what’s left will be gone, disappeared into the sea.

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