A commission by A Clifftop Wander - Margate Coastal Park celebration 2016 with the support of Arts Council England and Kent County Council to take the long running series 'A Welcome Rest' on the road. Within the beautiful Palm Bay shelter in Clifftonville, passing dogs and their companions were photographed.
The relationship and bond between dog/human becomes quickly evident. The dogs always take the portrait seriously, always look to camera and hold the gaze.
This series repeatedly challenges (mis) perceptions: a vulnerable man embracing his large, seemingly fiercesome dog telling 'he's a rescue dog - he rescued me'; a tiny, trembling chihuahua jumps off the bench and squares up to a passing Staffie...
These are knowingly modest portraits - but portraits which arguably reward scrutiny, showing as they do how lives are enhance and conversations initiated through our dog ownership.
close to home: between the tides
Along the Thanet coast is the extraordinary Walpole Bay tidal pool. Some 4 acres in size it provides free space for people to gather, to play, to swim, to forage and to fish.
It is here that I encounter sea swimmers making use of the water throughout the year. Comfortable in their own skins and living in the moment.
This pool, so vital to many of the coastal communities of Thanet, is 80 years old. A democratic gathering space at the water's edge.