(Image: Arild Vågen; the skeletal form of a lost Brighton landmark)
Beautiful yet bitterly desolate, the photograph above captured Brighton’s abandoned West Pier on the afternoon of March 3, 2017. The pier opened in 1866 and closed down just over a century later in 1975. By 1984 a trust had been established to protect the ailing structure and tours were conducted regularly until 2002. But despite the efforts of conservationists, a fire ripped through the Victorian pier in March 2003, causing the neglected structure to collapse into the sea. Today, the skeletal remains of the West Pier and its historic pavilion linger on like mournful ghosts off Brighton’s packed beach.