Spending 3 Days on Brighton Pier

For my latest masters assignments I had to pick one place to photograph. The aim was to capture the feel of the place. I chose Brighton Pier spending 3 days trying to capture the atmosphere. I went into the shoot knowing I wanted to photograph the rides, people and landscape.

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Shooting £1 Film at Night

Earlier this week a fairground rolled into town. I already had a roll of Agfa film (£1!) in my Olympus so I set out to see what I could document. As the ISO of the film (hows sensitive it is too light) is just 200 I used the flash to give the film a chance to capture what was going on.

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The fairground was fairly small so afterwards we headed out to explore Brighton after dark..

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Paddling Out to Sea

Over the weekend the biggest annual free beach festival returned to my hometown of Brighton, UK.  ‘Paddle Round the Pier’ features numerous events including DIY boats and paddle boarding out to sea and around the pier. Everybody gets dressed up, smothers themselves in sun cream and gets paddling..



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There is also a fair which comes with food stalls, rides and music stages. It takes place over the whole weekend, although most of us were indoors watching England at the World Cup on Saturday…




Lines of a City Part III

I first shot ‘lines of city’ in Canterbury and then again in a Sussex village. Looking for patterns and repetition is a great way to take in your surroundings and as I am back in  Brighton for a few months before I start my MA in London I thought it’d be a great way to look at my hometown from a new perspective.

If you’re in a creative rut or struggling to find something to photograph try this out, it’s a great excuse to get out with your camera and enjoy exploring.

Other images in this series:



Street Photography: When the Subject Spots You…

There are many different approaches you can take when it comes to street photography. From the shoving-a-flash in your face and not giving a damn technique (Bruce Gilden) to going completely unoticed like Vivian Maier. Today I went out to shoot street photography on the streets of Brighton for 3 hours, but rather than showing you my favourite shots I thought i’d share some of my outtakes.  And these are outtakes because the subjects in the frame are looking either at me or the lens. Some photographers aim for these sort of images but not me.

Before you see the images I thought I’d share with you some advice if someone notices you doing street photography or has a problem with it. 99% of the time the person will keep walking and not give another thought to you or your camera. But on the odd occasion that someone takes issue with you taking their picture here are a few tips:

1.Stay calm and be polite.

2. Delete the image and show them (no image is worth a public argument)

3.Know your rights (in the UK you have the right to photograph in public areas)

4.Don’t let it affect your confidence and keep shooting..


Photographing Winter Solstice

Being back in the UK there was only one way I wanted to celebrate the shortest day of the year: at the Burning of the Clocks in Brighton. An annual parade complete with paper clocks and samba bands resulting in a bonfire on the beach and fireworks. Thankfully it wasn’t too chilly and my hands were warm enough to snap a few photos..




Watching the Brighton Marathon

Seen by many as a warm-up for the London marathon in a couple of weeks the Brighton Seafront-based marathon provides a great day out. Thousands of runners made the journey along with spectators from all four corners of the U.K. As a failed runner (it’s just not for me) I was more than happy to cheer on the brilliant athletes in the blinding sun and snap away.


I’ve just got a new roll of Portra film developed at my local and very friendly lab. I will be posting the images over on my Instagram @madisonbeachphotos and right here on the blog.

Visiting Burning of the Clocks for the first time

Yesterday with my Japan travel buddy Juna I visited the Burning of the Clocks in Brighton. It far exceeded my expectations with thousands of people taking part and spectating.  The annual event celebrates winter solstice and ends with fireworks and literally burning clocks in a big bonfire on the beach.

I can’t believe I’ve never been before, I have now added it to my list of must-go-to events in East Sussex; Lewes Bonfire, Brighton Pride , Burning of the Clocks and Brighton Photo Biennial. The event was well organised and there was a great family-friendly atmosphere.


Seaside Shots

Aside from my 3 years at university I have always lived somewhere along the south coast of England. I love the sea & atmosphere and have taken thousands of photos in the past few years. Here is my latest 35mm roll of film capturing the adventures on this very breezy edge of England (plus a graduation pic..).













(L-R) Kiran, Me & Rosina.

Camera: Pentax Espio
Film: Agfa 200



Brighton By Night (35mm)

Shot while catching a cold and looking for new angles in my hometown of Brighton. This was my first time using Portra 160 film at night and I’m very pleased with the outcome. Apart from a little bit of cropping and dust removal I’ve not edited the images.