Newhaven East Beach to Seaford Head

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This post documents a coastal photography walk from Newhaven East Beach to Seaford Head in East Sussex on Thursday 8th April 2021.

Otherwise dubbed as the “Back Row Boys” post Lockdown reunion and catchup. It also appealed to me as a documentary photographer.

Who are the Back Row Boys?

The Back Row Boys are a motley crew of mates: Greig, David, Luis and myself. If that sounds familiar it’s because we’re first mentioned on my blog when we went to London for some street photography back in March 2020. Shortly before the first Covid-19 Lockdown. We got the name because the four of us always sit together at the back for our weekly meetings at Brighton and Hove Camera Club. Well, we did up until Covid-19, when the club moved to Zoom meetings. But that’s another story. I’m sure we’re all familiar with that.

Tide Mills was the plan

David suggested a plan to meet at the Tide Mills Abandoned Village, having been intrigued by my recent blog post about this fascinating place. So that’s what we did. It was a great choice for a reunion after Covid Lockdown and to explore photographic genres outside of our usual work. Tide Mills is situated on Newhaven East Beach near the east arm of the harbour. It’s a sheltered bay with Seaford Head at the other end. It’s some 2.6 miles end to end on foot.

Newhaven Harbour East Arm

Ironically, I didn’t take any photographs of Tide Mills itself this time, I’ve done that before. On this visit my photography started at the east arm of Newhaven harbour. It’s a fascinating structure. Brutal and worn by the forces of the sea. Plus, by visiting at low spring tide, you can walk right up to and even inside it:

Newhaven Harbour East Arm - Brutal Structure
Newhaven Harbour East Arm – Brutal Structure
Newhaven Harbour East Arm
East Arm Newhaven
Newhaven Harbour East Arm at Low Tide
Newhaven Harbour East Arm at Low Tide

Inside Newhaven Harbour at Low Tide

Like I said, you can walk inside the structure of the east arm of Newhaven harbour at low tide. Just check the tide times and be careful please!

Inside Newhaven Harbour East Arm at Low Tide
Inside Newhaven Harbour East Arm at Low Tide
More Inside Newhaven Harbour East Arm at Low Tide
More Inside Newhaven Harbour East Arm at Low Tide
Tide Worn - Newhaven Harbour East Arm at Low Tide
Tide Worn – Newhaven Harbour East Arm at Low Tide

We needed a model

Obviously we needed a model for some shots. But the budget and planning didn’t allow for it. Luckily one of the Back Row Boys got the job. It’s just that he didn’t know about it at the time!

Model Posing
Model Posing
Figure On the East Arm - Newhaven Harbour
Figure On the East Arm – Newhaven Harbour

Negative Space

I love exploring the use of negative space, especially with my street photography in Brighton. I’m no expert at seascapes, but I enjoyed experimenting with it here on the beach too:

Negative Space - Seaford Head
Negative Space – Seaford Head
Negative Space- Newhaven Harbour
Negative Space – Newhaven Harbour
Newhaven East Beach
Newhaven East Beach
Walking the Dog
Walking the Dog

Seaford Beach

Seaford Beach is fascinating. It’s an undeveloped beach with a mish-mash of housing designs adorning it. Frankly, it’s a beautiful mess. This set of steps from the road down onto the beach caught my eye though:

Seaford Beach Steps
Seaford Beach Steps

Plus there’s a serene beauty about this part of the Sussex coast:

Serene Beauty of the Sussex Coast
Serene Beauty of the Sussex Coast

Seaford Head

Our journey ends at Seaford Head. A draw for seascape photographers and “well that’s a nice chalk cliff” for the rest of us. Seascape photography is not really my genre, but to complete the story of our walk I’ll include an image:

Seaford Head - Sussex Photography
Seaford Head – Sussex Photography

Bonus Image – Gorgeous Dog

Everyone loves dogs eh? This gorgeous dog joined us along the way. He was determined that we’d throw his stick for him. His owner thought it was hilarious! Bonus image:

Gorgeous Dog
Gorgeous Dog

Map of our Route

We did a lot more than visit Tide Mills, as you can see from this map of our route. Bottom line? We walked a few miles. All the way from Newhaven East Beach to Seaford Head and back in fact!

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You can learn more about my work as a professional photographer in Brighton and Sussex here. Alternatively, you might be interested in my Brighton street photography here.

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