Here's the spreads (click for bigger):
I'm quite happy with the consistency, feel and balance of the set. Not surprisingly, as the project progressed, new themes presented themselves in addition to the ideas I had at the beginning of the project.
I have also now made a provisional sequence and dummy book.
The breakdown by month turned out to be: 8 photos from March, 16 from April, 9 May, 8 June, 4 July, 4 August, 2 September and 2 October.
"...even shimmering in the rain Brighton looks like a town recovering from a multiple orgasm."
Julie Burchill, Guardian article here
“Brighton is very nice, but I'm not sure about the sea. I think the sea is a mistake. I mean, what does it want, banging and crashing away on the shore like that all day?”.
And probably most famously
"Brighton is a town that always looks as if it is helping police with their inquiries."
"From a photographic point of view, I’m not so interested in the tourist-eye view of Brighton – the seaside piers, amusements and traditional entertainments are already well documented. I’ve tried to avoid the obvious, spectacular, shiny bauble subjects much photographed around the beach. Instead, I’m looking for a more resident-eye view – the everyday experiences and scenes that make Brighton distinct from other seaside towns and from other non-seaside towns. The city behind the seafront.
I’ve tried to capture a certain seedy dilapidated glamour that I associate with the town but haven’t seen addressed via photography. As the project has evolved, I find myself coming back to Keith Waterhouse’s phrase that “Brighton is a town that always looks as if it is helping police with their inquiries”.
|A narrow Brighton street on a sunny day. [© Paul Russell 2013. Click for larger version]|
|v18. Kemptown carnvial - a real Brighton event. Click on photos for larger versions.|
|v21. Pool Valley Coach Station. As featured on my list of potential places to photograph.|