Oh I do like to be beside the seaside! This summer you don’t have to leave London to enjoy the Great British Seaside. The work of four of Britain’s best seaside photographers is on show at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. Copyright is a big issue for all photographers and so close up images are not allowed. Selfies on the indoor beach however are very much encouraged. I was rather pleased, with this my first attempt at using a selfie stick.
Everything is black and white when you walk in. Seaside scenes from the 1960’s look out at you from the walls, these are the work of Tony Ray-Jones. When he returned from a trip to the USA he became concerned that British culture was becoming increasingly Americanised and so headed out with his camera to capture scenes of British life before they disappeared for ever. Think of besuited men asleep in deckchairs with their eyes covered with a large handkerchief and the Punch and Judy man. Next is David Hurn, a Welshman proud of his country’s 749 miles of coast and the fact that nowhere in Wales is more than 40 miles from the coast. He and his camera are drawn to the seaside, here he his with some of his photographs.
Take a step you your right and the highly coloured saturated pictures of Martin Parr loom into view. Seagulls and sunbathers seek our attention.
The Great British Seaside Show ends with Simon Roberts who has photographed all 56 of the remaining English seaside piers (although not all are on show here). He also took inspiration from Tony Ray-Jones’ photographic journey round our coast and set off in a motorhome to capture as much as the coast as he could.
If you love the seaside and love photography this is the show for you. Greenwich as many things to do beside the National Maritime Museum, I have enjoyed visits to the Queen’s House, an up close and personal tour of the Painted Ceiling and love the Cutty Sark.
THE GREAT BRITISH SEASIDE: PHOTOGRAPHY FROM THE 1960s TO THE PRESENT
National Maritime Museum, Greenwich
23 March 2018 – 30 September 2018
OPEN: Daily 10am – 5pm
ADMISSION: Adult £11.50, child £5 concessions available.