I’m a bit obsessed by traditional British seaside towns. Luckily for me, living in the South West, I am close to many of them such as Lyme Regis, Paignton, and Ilfracombe. On this particular occasion though I visited Weston-Super-Mare and Exmouth.
Weston can sometimes get a bit of a bad rep but on this early Spring day I found it to be charming and reflective of a part of our British culture. People wrapped up in their coats braving the wind, to enjoy being by the sea. I came across two sisters from Worcester out on a day trip who were having the time of their lives. Enjoying that moment there and then but also casting their minds back to family holidays of years gone by.
Exmouth by contrast is a town going through a change. Much of the seafront is cited for redevelopment meaning the more traditional aspects like Crazy Golf and boating lakes are closing down. To me that is such a shame. There is nothing more stoically British than someone hitting a golf ball through a windmill in the pouring rain.
The inspiration for these images came from the incredible Stephen Shore
Enjoy the images and next time you’re in a seaside town…drink it in.