At the beginning of the summer, I added ‘lighthouse’ to my photography wish list. One thing led to another, and I ended up staying in Belle Tout, a decommissioned lighthouse turned bed and breakfast on the East Sussex Coast.
Near to Belle Tout is its more famous sister lighthouse, Beachy Head, so I got two for the price of one. Beachy Head is the archetypal image you conjure when someone says ‘lighthouse’; it has classic red and white stripes, but unusually it is situated at the bottom of one of the Seven Sisters cliffs. It was built after Belle Tout Lighthouse was decommissioned because its position on top of the cliff was often shrouded in fog (rendering it a pretty useless lighthouse).
These photos were shot on Kodak Portra 400 on my Canon A1 with a mix of 50mm and 70-120mm lenses. The first images below are from Belle Tout’s Lantern Room around golden hour that evening. The later images are from various spots look towards Beachy Head and the sea from the Seven Sisters Cliffs just as the sun was setting. Then the final images are looking back toward Belle Tout, as I was walking back to the bed and breakfast.