Beach

Natalie Muallem 

A  personal attachment to this beach initially prompted me to create this series of photographs. It is full of childhood memories. I had not been there for ten years and on returning one night, when only a few people remained, I was struck by a strong sense of familiarity and at the same time an overwhelming sense of calmness. It made me wonder about the attachment one can have to a place, and the feelings it evoked when deserted.
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The images have an unearthly quality. By day the beach is full of human life. By night there is a sense of absence and abandonment. People come and go but the beach remains, regardless. The absence emphasises the land itself and the objects on it – or rather, the absence creates a presence all of its own.
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Natalie Muallem is a freelance photographer based in London. See more of her work here.
 

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