Whitley Bay, Aug. ’78
The life of beaches in the North East of England, captured between 1973 and 1998.
From the Side Gallery touring exhibition text, 1991:
The photographs in this exhibition were taken over seventeen years on beaches between Druridge Bay and Hartlepool; most of them in Whitley Bay, which has been my favourite beach and home town for seven of them. My daughter, when four, made an observation: ‘It’s only half an hour from Newcastle to the beach, but when you’re asleep, it’s only half a minute!’ In the blink of an eye from the city to the seaside, and to the freedom that awakens the child in the toughest of city dwellers.
The photographs are a celebration of the beaches, and the uniquely Northern spirit, which not only survives, but becomes playfully innovative when battling with the natural elements. However, our beaches are under an increasingly sinister cloud.
Writing In The Sand