end of the road

end of the road

seaside towns are always at the end of the road, people travel to them not through them. it is with intent and expectation that people travel to these towns at the end of the line. this is borth in mid wales, a seaside town in late winter the most desperate time of the long down season that all british seaside towns must endure. i feel both a sense of tragedy and nostalgia towards the british institution of seaside towns. there are few that i have visited that have not left me with the feeling that they’ve seen better times.  i once went to the irish seaside town of castletownbere and in the window of a gift shop there a mannequin had lost its fore arm and had it replaced with a cardboard toilet roll tube. as i walked around borth i suggested to my brother that seaside towns had been in terminal decline for so long that perhaps the government were actually subsidising the economic flat lining of these towns of prosperity past as they had become as much a part of our national identity as chocolate box villages, steam engines, village greens and the queen. the bunting in this photo seems to flutter somehow hopeful and optimistic above the ‘warning condemned’ sign on this building in the final throes of life, halfway between dereliction and demolition. in a way this image sums up the plight of the british seaside town ‘hopeful in the face of terminal decline’.


About ptrivers

I'm Patrick here are some of my pictures. I love taking pictures of things, mainly of things rather than people, i think this is because i hate having my picture taken and don't want to put other people in the same position. Also i hate asking folk to pose for shots i think it can really play up to peoples vanity. Still thats not to say that i wont someday take pictures of people, i just don't fancy it right now. I lived in London for about six years, there's just so much happening at a really hectic pace, almost out of control, teetering on the edge of chaos and oblivion, i miss it everyday the people and the places. I now live in the lake district which is impossibly beautiful and an incredibly inspiring place to be. The pace of life is still and sleepy a far reach from my previous life, but interjected with moments of exhilaration and adrenaline, its an interesting combination. If you like my photos or want to ask me any questions or perhaps would even like to buy some prints then please get in contact.
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