Vincent Dupont-Blackshaw

Title: If it’s not ok, it’s not the end

About the Photo:

At a time when people were being asked to isolate from one another, I saw them seek other types of connections. The coastline drew people to it. Its vastness providing safety and its ever changing face embraced everyone who engaged with it. Viewing this interaction from above accentuates how small each of us are in this world. The sheer space around the subjects reinforces the loneliness felt by many.

The ever changing coastline seems ironically to be comforting. Whatever the tone of the sea, the colour of the sand, the size of the waves, it is there – a constant – something craved by so many during this time. The interactions are intimate, quietly beautiful. At times I felt the sadness of people, other times the relief.

The series was taken over a six-month period from January to June 2021 during the UK’s Covid-19 pandemic lock-down. The location is Sandown, on the Isle of Wight, from various cliff top vantage points.