Paddy Summerfield’s waterfront doesn’t have the glamorous patina of Deauville or Biarritz. Here we are speaking of the sea of England, where rain on the sidewalk and cloudy skies replace the blue and bright sunshine. And it’s under these skies that everyone comes together, as if on the finale of a long road trip, children and parents, babies and teenagers, people of all ages and from everywhere, to share the magic of the coast.
In The Holiday Pictures, Summerfield also speaks of us, of a generation accustomed to spending time on the waterfront, looking at their feelings but also at horizons and skies.
The choice of the photographic sequence implies many narratives, as if some of the characters had entered the next frame, as if the wave that is rising in one image is breaking in the other, where children are running and playing.