A selection of these images are being featured at the MULL IT OVER exhibition in Brighton between 12th -17th January 2012

Over recent years there has been an unusually heavy amount of snowfall on a semi regular basis in the south coast. I have always been fascinated by the change snow brings to the landscape, not only visually but also emotionally.

This series of images, taken in Hove and Shoreham, portray an area normally teeming with life in the summer now cloaked in heavy snowfall. Compounded by the fact that such an occurrence on the South Coast is rare, the beach was transformed into an almost communist, ‘fit for purpose’ architectural landscape which revealed several structures at a direct opposition to their natural environment. The snow uncovered the clean lines and sharp, abstract shapes and patterns of the structures imposed by man onto the coast’s natural landscape.

Anyone from England, particularly the South, will understand the sheer population of people that normally dominate these spaces in the summer. Put in the context of their geographical location, it is then the absence of people rather than the presence of structures that marked these scenes out as extraordinary. Snow has revealed a more apocalyptic vision of man’s involvement with this environment – a world away from holiday revelry. A well known British seaside resort becomes indistinguishable from any other neglected, abandoned relic of human civilisation; although this is a transient vision of a failed future, as once the snow dissipates thousands of tourists will once again flock to the beach.

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