Time of the tide by Joseph Fox


Photos by Joseph Fox

Joseph Fox, 23, is a London based freelance photographer specialising in documentary, reportage, and portrait photography. He is a successful graduate from the Commercial
Photography honours degree at The Arts University College, Bournemouth, where he developed his unique visual voice and theoretical understanding of photography. His interest in literature and film informs the narrative quality of his images, allowing stories to be literally and metaphorically communicative. Joseph is now seeking commissions from a variety of clients as well as funding for on-going long term personal works.

Time of the tide

Coastal defenses have been constructed in Britain since Roman times, to protect human settlements from the onslaught of high seas and relentless rolling waves. However, it is now increasingly recognized that these defenses are economically unsustainable. The Government’s policy change from its previous ‘Hold-the line’ stance, in which defenses were to be maintained and land protected, to a new ‘Managed realignment‘ policy that lets Coastal erosion take its natural course. As a result this has left people living on the edge of Britain with little choice but to abandon their homes or await the inevitable. This project documents the places, and people that live at the mercy of Mother nature. The images are designed to illustrate the feeling of impending catastrophe that surrounds these areas of British Coastline. Every week that I visit these places more people have left and more homes have vanished into the sea. One night, in Suffolk, the water took up to 50 meters of land destroying thousands of pounds worth of crops and leaving a house, which once seemed secure, in peril.

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