Walpole Bay swimmers are inspiration for new exhibition
10 March 2016
The Walpole Bay tidal pool, and the local seabathers that swim there, are the inspiration for a new photography exhibition, Between the Tides.
The Walpole Bay tidal pool, and the local seabathers that swim there, are the inspiration for a new photography exhibition, Between the Tides .
The exhibition captures the community of people who have swum at Walpole Bay, situated along the Isle of Thanet, which provides four aches of free space for people to gather, swim, forage and fish. The photographs range from present and past, dating back to the early 20 th Century.
Evelyn (2015) Photographer Karen Shepherdson
Dr Karen Shepherdson, Reader in Photography and Director of the South East Archive for Seaside (SEAS) Photography at Canterbury Christ Church University, has created the present photography included in the exhibition, adapting the tradition of the commercial seaside photographer. She locates herself right at the water’s edge, taking time to know the various inhabitants of the tidal pool, as they did in the historic photographs that have been donated.
Dr Shepherdson said: “This is slow photography, which necessitates a relationship between the seabather and the photographer. I live and work on the Isle of Thanet. My home is built on the cliffs, I am a coastliner, and the sea and the shoreline are a vital part of my daily experience. Critical to my practice is working close to home and being part of Thanet's diverse and complex coastal community.”
Between the Tides will be on show at the Vortigern Gallery in Margate between the 12 March and 8 April.
Notes to Editor
Canterbury Christ Church University
Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.
With almost 18,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.
- 95% of our UK graduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
*2012/13 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey