A photographic chronicle exploring my late teenage years as i turned from an adolescent to a young man.
Hi I'm Iain McKell and a photographer. In 1976 aged nineteen while studying at Exeter College of Art I got my self a summer job on Weymouth seafront photographing holiday makers. I saw this as a wonderful opportunity to earn a living but at the same time doing a personal project showing the life of the sea side photographer.
I’m now turning these photographs into a beautifully made hard back book. This will be in partnership with the excellent publishers Dewi Lewis.
I’m doing this Kickstarter because I need your help to raise funds to achieve that goal.
Its about youth culture and being a teenager in the 70’s.
Existential angst was preoccupying my thoughts. It all came together through the lens as I was turning from a teenager to a young adult.
As well as the holiday makers I was photographing local people from the town, my friends, family, amusement arcades and into the evening with the disco bars fair grounds and caravan parks.
I was also experimenting with abstraction through the graphic nature of photography.
I have been selected to show this work at the Turner Contemporary Gallery in Margate which opens in May 2019 Its curated by Val Williams and Karen Shepherdson
A quote from Val Williams “The early black and white photographs express both desire and despair the sense of un-belonging is visceral but ironically he did belong to this place. Growing up in a British sea side hotel in a landscape of arrivals and departures of transient relationships founded on elusive notions of pleasure and escape”
It was my right of passage and coming of age and I started to look at the world through the camera.
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Risks and challenges
There is no risk. Founded in 1994 Dewi Lewis Publishing is internationally known for its photography list. Its authors have included leading British and international photographers.. I am as well an established practising photographer with over 43 years of experience form 1976 to the present day. All negatives have been scanned and ready for print. This will be my fifth book.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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