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Stern Rockwell working on his conga player gable end. Photograph © JJ Waller

JJ Waller’s weekend highlights

Lately, Brighton-based photographer JJ Waller seems to be spending more time in St Leonards-on -Sea than his home town. He was back this weekend photographing street artist Stern Rockwell as he worked on a mammoth-sized but delicate illustration of a conga drummer in South Street. Stern is a Brooklyn-born Hong Konger who is used to painting the sides of sky scrapers. St Leonards is obviously going up in the world…

Photograph © JJ Waller

JJ Waller also visited the Kings Road street market and the first weekly market in St Leonards Church in London Road. Everyone is delighted to see this long derelict building gently unfurling for public use. The ground floor will be used for markets, but will be developed as a venue for wedding receptions.

The former church above retains its ecclesiastical splendour. It is planned to use it for civil partnerships – the perfect role for such a spectacular but now secular building.

The first of the weekly markets in St Leonards Church. © JJ Waller

Artist Alex Leadbeater selling her sea-themed paintings. © JJ Waller

The spectacular former Church. © JJ Waller

JJ Waller’s seal photograph which was featured in HOT last week was selected by The Guardian as wildlife photograph of the week.

“Sun-bathing with seals” last Saturday on St Leonards beach. © JJ Waller

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Posted 21:28 Sunday, Apr 7, 2024 In: Photography

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