Brighton’s derelict West Pier in the winter sun and storms – in photos

Brighton's derelict West Pier in the winter sun and storms, East Sussex, England, February 2015

I’ve been drawn to Brighton’s West Pier ever since I saw it featured in the photo story that  accompanied the vinyl release of The Who’s Quadrophenia and it’s been heartbreaking seeing its now-unstoppable demise.

Brighton's derelict West Pier in the winter sun and storms, East Sussex, England, February 2015

A particularly low tide over this week let me get much closer to the structure than before –  which was quite handy seeing as I only had a camera with a fixed wide angle lens!

I’ve written loads about the pier before (see links at the bottom of the page), so I’ll just post up this selection of views, taken on a sunny Wednesday  and a stormy Thursday morning.

Brighton's derelict West Pier in the winter sun and storms, East Sussex, England, February 2015

Brighton's derelict West Pier in the winter sun and storms, East Sussex, England, February 2015

Brighton's derelict West Pier in the winter sun and storms, East Sussex, England, February 2015

Brighton's derelict West Pier in the winter sun and storms, East Sussex, England, February 2015

Brighton's derelict West Pier in the winter sun and storms, East Sussex, England, February 2015

Brighton's derelict West Pier in the winter sun and storms, East Sussex, England, February 2015

Brighton's derelict West Pier in the winter sun and storms, East Sussex, England, February 2015

Brighton's derelict West Pier in the winter sun and storms, East Sussex, England, February 2015

Brighton's derelict West Pier in the winter sun and storms - in photos

Starlings gather over the old pier at dusk. There was a bigger, more breathtaking, display taking place over the Palace Pier but my 28mm lens was never going to capture that from quarter a mile away!

Brighton's derelict West Pier in the winter sun and storms, East Sussex, England, February 2015

The next morning was cold and stormy.

Brighton's derelict West Pier in the winter sun and storms, East Sussex, England, February 2015

Brighton's derelict West Pier in the winter sun and storms, East Sussex, England, February 2015

Brighton's derelict West Pier in the winter sun and storms, East Sussex, England, February 2015

Brighton's derelict West Pier in the winter sun and storms, East Sussex, England, February 2015

More about the pier: 
Brighton’s West Pier in 2014 – Victorian elegance rusts into the sea
Remembering the Brighton West Pier in photos, part one
Remembering the Brighton West Pier in photos, part two
The Brighton i360 tower: ‘successor’ to the West Pier
The tragedy of West Pier, Brighton beach, Brighton [2011]
The Brighton Wheel, a Steve Coogan-powered, third-hand alternative to the West Pier [2013]