Coastal Differences

After a great portrait assignment for US medical giant ERT in Germany (more about this in a future post) I took a week's break/recharge with family and friends in England's rural sunny southwest.

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Whilst visiting various coves and inlets of Devon, I was struck by the huge difference in visual aesthetic between the rural, sparsely populated and mainly protected (National Trust) coastline and that of another part of England where I’m currently developing a new photo project; a densely populated Canvey Island.

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Although my project is documenting Canvey Island’s unique housing stock (specifically housing built after the great North Sea flood of 1953 that devastated alot of Canvey Island) I have been intrigued with both residents and visitors’ interaction with the massive 15 mile concrete sea defence that surrounds most of the island.

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For sure, the tiny stripes of beach and tidal pools of Canvey’s industrial shoreline may differ from Devon’s infamous picture postcard thatched tranquility but this doesn’t seem to bother people seeking a little playtime in the sun.

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