Our hotel was well appointed, busy with a friendly and enthusiastic host. We were staying for the last night of a family holiday. A stroll along the beach revealed that our hotel was not indicative of the rest of the 'vacationland' that is the sand bar of Pineto. The adjacent plot had seen better days, I'm guessing as a bar/restaurant/nightclub but it was hard to tell. It felt a world away from the sleepy villages and vibrant coastal towns we had seen over the previous ten days. Something hadn't worked out for this business. Was our hotel the last vestige of a busy past or the first in a new resurgence for the beachfront resort?
I've been toying with the idea of a new project looking at coastal communities whose homes are being left in nature's hands when it comes to sea defenses and government investment. This follows the discovery of a map that showed the stretches of coastline that are actively defended and those that are being left to the whims of the changing climate. I'm also interested in how we utilise the spaces that are substantially defended such as the undercliff walk way in Saltdean near Brighton. This small selection of images could be the beginnings of something possibly larger.