Birnbeck Pier - Weston-super-Mare
This is the only pier in the UK which links the mainland to an island. It was conceived in 1845 as an alternative to the low tide crossing to the island via a natural causeway. The build commenced in 1864 and opened just 3 years later in 1867, becoming a tourism hotspot for the local town and a major leisure feature for residents up until the Second World War and for a few decades after the war. It has seen several fires and structural collapses. What's left of it now is a derelict eyesore that stirs great debate among local residents. Living nearby I often see it and think back to how it must have been such a great attraction. I have photographed the pier from a few different angles and there is always something new to see or draw a composition from and driving past back in April in the late afternoon I saw the pier submerged in dark shadow in front of great beams of light from the sky falling over the Bristol Channel.
I feel this is a fitting representation of the pier as it stands now, forgotten and shrouded in darkness while the focus of regeneration in Weston-super-Mare lies in the heart of the town nearby to the newer Grand Pier.