Travels with my camera in Brighton

If you’re after a day out with the camera, but can’t decide between people-spotting street photography, seaside fun, iconic monuments, bright lights or dramatic seascapes, Brighton is a good bet, spoiling you with a good mix of all the above – and more.

First up, people-spotting street photography along Kensington Street in the North Laine area of the city is given a colourful twist with the impressive street art.

Brighton graffiti street photography

Brighton street photography

The art, which has become a tourist attraction, was backed by the forward-thinking Brighton & Hove City Council in a move to clear up and prevent antisocial behaviour and graffiti.

Brighton wall art

Brighton wall art is an attraction in itself

For iconic monuments, how about the skeletal yet majestic West Pier? Claimed to be the most photographed monument in the city, it’s easy to see why. Built in 1866 it was visited by millions until it was badly damaged by a storm in 2002 and later destroyed by arson in 2003.

West Pier kayaking

West Pier kayaking

Now standing defiantly in front of The Hilton Metropole on King’s Road, the structure is an attraction for watersports enthusiasts, sunbathers and photographers alike.

Lazy, Hazy Sunday at Brighton's West Pier

Lazy, Hazy Sunday at Brighton’s West Pier

From one pier to another, the funfair on the famous Brighton Pier is a spectacle. I couldn’t resist this shot of a girl creating her own Brighton memories with the camera on her phone.

Girl on Brighton beach

Picture perfect – a girl capturing her own memories on Brighton’s pebble beach

At night the pier is a fantastic jangle of lights and colour, both looking towards the Pier…

Brighton Pier at night - a jangle of lights and colours

Brighton Pier at night – a jangle of lights and colours

…and from it…

Brighton Beach at night

Brighton Beach from the Pier at night

…as well as on it.

Tin Can Alley on Brighton Pier

Tin Can Alley on Brighton Pier

Brighton is a fantastic place for people spotting and the amusements arcade on Brighton Pier is as good a place as any. For some rather brilliant Brighton people photography inspiration take a look at these.

You could easily spend a day ambling around taking in and capturing the eclectic mix of old and new, and the ‘take me as you find me’ creative essence of Brighton. And of course, if the weather’s rotten there’s always plenty of good shops to while away the time.

What’s your favourite Brighton photo spot?

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