Coast

 

The East Anglian coastline incorporates the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk.  It is one of the flattest areas of the UK with vast expanses of marshland and heathland engineered through time for effective drainage to enable peat milling among other industries.  It is also host to the most Eastern point of the country, and so is where the sun rises first each day.   Its flat landscape has been highly favoured for use as a location for airbases and as a result houses much military activity as well as major USAF airbase activity.  It also is home to many traces and remnants of a strong military past and are visible along the coastline and throughout these counties.

 

Many of its coastal settlements have a strong historical heritage within the fishing industry, particularly herring fishing, sadly now no longer the economic mainstay for these places.  It has since become a stronghold for renewable energy and many wind farms are visible from its shores demonstrating its ability to adapt and change with time.

 

This body of work is a documentative study of place; more specifically those which sit along the coast of my home region of East Anglia. Born from an interest developed from relocating closer to the coast, this work is an attempt to explore the nuances between the settlements and their associated environments which occupy a part of the outer edge of our Island.  The landscapes here, through these photographic considerations, may choose to impart the evidence held within them through the traces we leave within it and observations we make of it, opening up a dialogue of sorts for us to begin to try and understand their identity and shape.

© 2019 Katie Hayward

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