It has been a busy few weeks both nationally, and here in Eastbourne, with plenty of photographic opportunities. Whilst the Olympics in London was an event which was out of reach for me, it proved (even for a pre-Games skeptic like me) to be a fantastic event which restored a degree of national pride, and although the television coverage was fantastic I was also extremely envious of the photographers who did have access to the events with many memorable images of both the competitors and venues being published.
Locally, we have had the annual 'Airbourne' airshow, and once again I was unconvinced that the event would be as attractive following the earlier announcement that the Red Arrows, always guaranteed to provide a boost to attendance, and umpteen good photographs, were to be absent this year due to a commitment to appear in Moscow. The Council were however to be applauded as they took the risky decision to book the XH558 Vulcan bomber for a slot on the Saturday afternoon, which with the addition of fine weather, proved to be an equally, if not greater draw than the Reds. Having not seen the Vulcan display since Biggin Hill in around 1992, this certainly encouraged me to wander down and have a look, and I was certainly not disappointed - neither was the camera as it received a good workout that day. The event now seems secure at least for 2013 when hopefully there will be more of an RAF presence, and with attendances up on 2011 figures. It was also good to see so many people at the Big Screen arena organised at princes Park for the Olympics, but the one disappointment was that the traditional fireworks at the end of the Pier for the end of Airbourne were moved to the beach opposite Princes Park. As a spectator, and as a photographer, the concerns over visibility and the lack of a backdrop in terms of the Pier were borne out, with many discontented voices heard, and a distinct lack of any decent images collected on the night. Whether this was a genuine 'one-off' to coincide with the Olympics event or not, Eastbourne Borough Council will surely rethink this for 2013.
In addition to the photographs taken at Airbourne, the better weather, coupled with a need for fresh air and exercise have made it possible to take some very pleasing pictures of the lighthouse at close quarters (courtesy of a long-planned walk along the beach to the foot of Beachy Head) and some traditional Summer hay bales images.
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