A big thanks to everyone involved in the project, and who came to support the intervention on the beach last Friday. Thanks guys!
As some of you know, this is an ongoing project, and i will be visiting different beaches through out the North East over the summer period 2017.
WHY DO YOU GO TO THE BEACH?
WHAT DO YOU USE IT FOR?
HOW OFTEN DO YOU GO TO THE BEACH?
WHAT DOES THE BEACH AND LANDSCAPE
MEAN TO YOU?
In this project i am exploring temporary communities.
As a dog owner, i regularly come to Tynemouth beach, and love being able to chat to other dog owners, beach walkers, and runners whilst I’m here. I grew up in a small village in Sweden, and for me, coming to the beach, is like going back to that village - I may not know everyone, but there is always a sense of belonging to something and a familiarity that i love.
Inspires by Benedict Anderson, I decided that i wanted to do a project that explored the beach as a community. For me, the beach offers a unique temporal and social space where different people come and go, but for those precious few minutes, hours, or sometimes days we become part of something bigger, part of that diverse, multifaceted and often contradictory thing that is community.
This project is my attempt to introduce you to some of your fellow beach users. Maybe next time you’re down on the beach, it’ll inspire you to think about the people that you’re sharing your experience with.
Friendships goes a long way. The beach is a good place to come to, for a walk and a chat.
These guys had so much fun. It was scary to watch.
This is why i come to the beach. Nature blows my mind, especially the beach, and what you can find, see, feel and listen to.
Visiters from York.
"Its a real treat to stroll along the sea front, and Tynemouth beach is beautiful"
When the tide is out, you can spot a rock face, where the beach hut hire out wetsuits and boards.
Ian Williams with his dog.
Texture, shapes and colours.
"The ocean is a poet"
This is Evan, Brandon and Calum. "we use the beach a lot, its a good way of using our time"
There are ongoing developments on Longsands beach, and Hopefully this swimmingpool will be restored soon.
We are changing all the time, just like the beach and nature. Colours and shapes are changing from day to hours, to minutes to seconds. Its in constant transition, just like us. We are not so different.
Juan is a beach user almost every day. He runs, clears his mind, and sometimes brings his drums and plays for other beach users.
Dogs running wild on Tynemouth beach.
Hikers on Tynemouth beach doing their thing.
Gav and Charley spent 2.5 hours surfing in the sea. They have my full admiration for that. Even though we only had a brief encounter, I can see there is mutual respect between them and the sea.
Kids being kids on Tynemouth beach.
This is steven. He walkes his beautiful dog on Tynemouth beach.
A blind dog with its owner having fun together.
It was fantastic to see this dog run after the ball on the beach, like it wasn't blind. Amazing!
The Beach Project & The Temporary Community.