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Going back

These images evoke for me a backdrop of remembered adolescence. They are taken from a series of 20 depicting a journey, both spatial and temporal, back to the North-east seaside towns where I grew up, and back to another time. In making this work I was interested in the universal in any 'going back', that at such times the past can exist in the present, a present in the past, so that in the act of looking we may see not only a present day landscape, but also an overlay of the 'site' it once was.

A dark, deserted funfair marks the end of the journey, and climax of recall. The Spanish City at Whitley Bay, built in 1903 and recently pulled down, was summer backdrop for generations of teenage desire, played out in nights filled with excitement, the smell of diesel, music deafening at every ride. These images are devoid of life, the machines long since stilled. But despite their emptiness they hint at something of memory's resonance, inviting the viewer to construct their own possible narratives.

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