Photographer wins recognition for putting ‘Pinball Pier’ in the frame

Brighton Palace pier Stephen Tomlinson
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The Brighton Palace Pier, whose illustrious history has included early performances from both Stan Laurel and Charlie Chaplin, as well as featuring in many works of British culture, notably the iconic Brighton Rock, and The Who’s concept album and film Quadrophenia, has been party to another impressive artistic accolade.


Stephen Tomlinson’s breathtaking aerial image of the Pier illuminated at dusk was shortlisted in the architecture category of the critically acclaimed Sony World Photography Awards (2020) which attracted an amazing 193,000 entries from photographers based in 200 countries.

Explaining the process by which he created the image, which was taken using a drone flying at 200 feet, Stephen Tomlinson told Coinslot: “I headed to the seafront for sunset and waited for the attractions at the end of the pier to light up. I knew this twilight period would offer the best conditions to capture what I had in mind. Although I don’t have a particular interest in piers, I do think they make great subjects for ‘straight down’ aerial shots. In this case, the resulting image is quite abstract, reminding me of a pinball machine – hence the title of the image – Pinball Pier. Brighton Pier is an iconic location and I am always keen to capture famous British landmarks from a more unique perspective.”


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