On a murky day, the sky and the vast expanse of the North Sea seem to become one along Britain’s eastern shoreline, punctured only by nuclear power plants or industrial silhouettes. Miechowski makes a journey along the quiet of the East Coast, a landscape hemmed by the cold waves that separate Britain from Europe. This ongoing work is a photographic enquiry at the country’s edges.
Miechowski visits seaside communities left behind by booms and busts of industry, treading the length of each place. The physical act of walking through these environments in order to discover them, along with the presence of his lens, allows him to investigate notions of interest and value in landscapes that could seem empty of such. The project’s title is taken from John Cooper Clarke’s Our Coastal Poem, which fondly invokes the kind of British seaside living depicted in the photographer’s work. Reflecting childhood trips of his own – to Skegness, Norfolk, a grandfather’s boat in Southwold – the project maps the coastline, asking questions about the way that life on this damp rock shapes collective experience.
The project is not an attempt to distil a truth about the places Miechowski documents; after all, many of his subjects are holidaymakers themselves, later to return to city living elsewhere. This is an act of following one’s feet and discovering the textures of an experience or place with curiosity and care.