Margate Sands

margate_03 margate_02 Margate_01

Curated from an archive of found photographs are eight images of women standing alone on the pier or promenade of British seaside resorts. These snaps are honeymoon portraits which reveal the uncertain and hesitant gaze of their subjects.

Each image has been re-photographed and enlarged creating a translation of scale. In front of each portrait hangs a single speaker cone – raise it to your ear and you will hear the testimonies of women who honeymooned in the UK pre-1960. The testimonies which recount narratives of nervousness, fear and intimacy  reflect  the familial and societal values of their time. The voices are the result of a series of interviews with women aged 60 – 84.

Commissioned by Focal Point Gallery