I took this photograph in Lewes, East Sussex back in 2009. A simple image, the detail of advertising for a shop around the corner, it’s always been one of my favourites because of the contrasting colours and texture of the peeling paint.
With 9 days left before we jump in our ’98 Fiat Punto and head for the Dover–Calais ferry, life has become crazy busy and our apartment strewn with our various possessions.
It’s now two weeks since we gave our landlord the requisite one month’s notice of leaving our beloved apartment in Lewes, and in just over two weeks from now — on Monday, 14th May — we’ll be packing ourselves and a relative few belongings into our ’98 Fiat Punto and heading for the ferry port at Dover. Only sixteen days to departure and there’s still much to be done and considered.
Early morning walks around Lewes are good for witnessing the town come to life, as the townsfolk emerge in an ever-increasing stream, gradually filling all corners of every street, shop and café. These dawn strolls can also be good opportunities to see remnants of the night before — often simply trash that’s yet to be cleared, but in the summer of 2009 I came upon this red padded bra hanging from the 15th Century Bookshop at the top of Keere Street. How it got there, I’ve no idea.
On a trip to Lewes Castle back in September, I noticed this Weeds for Sale sign stuck in a flower bed near the bottom of the many steps that have to be climbed to reach the topmost point of the castle. A quick snap on auto, hence the shallow-ish depth of field, but I like the composition and whimsical nature of the image. Despite the generous offer, we resisted picking our own weeds!
Although I’ve walked past this sign many times I only recently decided to photograph it. Since it’s just a couple of minutes from where we live it’s one of those places I almost don’t notice any more as I walk past, en route to here and there, every few days or so. The house behind the railings is nestled in the shadow of Lewes Castle and next to the castle’s Gun Garden. The house itself is interesting architecturally, having been built during the Georgian period with a façade of mathematical tiles that cover a timber-framed building. Although these tiles can be black, red or cream, black seems to be the most popular in the area, and many glazed-tile buildings were constructed in Brighton, Lewes and this part of Sussex in the 18th and early 19th century.