Lauren G Harris

Folkestone, 2018

The discovery of a discarded family album from the 1960s has led to an investigation into Britain’s seaside towns. Using the album as a map, this project retraces the family's holiday destinations, creating a collection of images reflecting the temporal changes and similarities of British coastal environments. These images created in Folkestone are the first in the ongoing project. A town that once boomed with tourism and trade has been in decline for decades now, since the popularity of package holidays amongst the British population rocketed. The project aims to encapsulate the melancholic nostalgia many of us encounter when visiting these seaside towns and memories of long-forgotten British holidays. Yet families do still visit destinations like Folkestone, and whilst walking through decaying, cobbled streets, one is still bestowed with the innate charm these towns fail to surrender. 

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