Brighton Beach Alignment: What makes photographers approach this place in a similar way?

These images of Brighton Beach are strikingly similar, each with the pole and the sea aligned. What makes photographers approach a subject in a comparable way? Did they know the other images and what do they think when seeing all three next to each other on Streetrepeat? Read what the three photographers have to say about it.

Tavepong Pratoomwong, Simon King, Alex Bamford

 

 

 

Tavepong:

“In April 2017 I had the opportunity to attend the Sony World Photography Awards 2017 in England and then traveled to Brighton. I am very impressed with Brighton. It has a lot of beautiful light, nice people. I got one of my favourite photos from this city. It was a time when we were going back to the bus. While walking along the beach, I was looking for a scene to capture. Suddenly, I noticed that the Brighton Old Piers are parallel with the skyline, which only happens in a very specific perspective. I was very lucky, one of our fellow forgot his belongings at British Airways i360, so I had the opportunity to wait for someone to fill the frame. After waiting for a bit, a child ran right into my frame. I pressed the shutter immediately. Sometimes it’s not about changing location but changing the point of view.”

About the Streetrepeat collection:
“This makes me wonder who came first with the idea and about the origin of the idea. What makes it that we can take a photo in the same way? The world is so border-less right now, million of ideas around the globe could generate very similar ideas, even if we have never seen each other works before.”

 

 

Simon:

Well, I shot the image in December, on the same day as the Burning of the Clocks in Brighton. I’d intended to head down for a portrait shoot and then to photograph the procession. I had some time in between and decided to shoot some compositions around the beach. I’d previously tried this kind of shot on a 50mm but it had been a bit underwhelming. On 90mm it worked much better, although I had to jump a few times to match the poles against the horizon. I wasn’t waiting long for my subject – I also tried a few with a boater who floated through the centre.

I’ve visited Brighton fairly regularly since childhood, and loved the atmosphere around the burnt out pier. It was always cool seeing the potential with aligning them with the horizon as well as other parts of the scene.”

About the Streetrepeat collection:
“I didn’t know about any other photographers who had shot this until posting mine, and I think their shots in the same place are great!”

 

Alex:

“I’ve closed one eye and lined things up out of the window for as long as I can remember, so I was thrilled when I noticed Brighton’s West Pier’s poles lining up with the horizon. I shot it from a few angles before settling on one spot which I returned to repeatedly over a couple of years in all weathers and at all times of day and night to create a series of shots – www.alexbamford.com/horizons  

About the Streetrepeat collection:
It was only a week or so before Streetrepeat got in contact that I was made aware of Tavepong’s wonderfully minimal shot when a friend saw it and sent me a link. Seeing his image and Simon’s all together was good reminder that nothing is totally original but it’s comforting to be in such great company.”

 

See more work from the featured photographers:
Tavepong Pratoomwong
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Simon King
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Alex Bamford
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by Julie Hrudová, founder of StreetRepeat
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