Photographs taken during The Porthleven Prize residency, May 2013 Cornwall, UK
Porthleven was a rich source of Granite, Tin and china clay so when you hear about Porthleven’s history, you will undoubtedly hear stories about these natural resources and the industry they created for the area. While I am really interested in these local materials I was also struck by the abundance of concrete everywhere. It’s used to reinforce the historic harbour, to build roads and infrastructure and to build the protective sea wall that runs the length of the beach. Despite it’s overwhelming presence, it’s not considered of any interest. I perceive the concrete as a significant modern addition to the landscape, symbolic of change, of the human endeavour to endure and protect.