Lee Brodhurst-Hooper

Sea Change - A study of the contemporary people in Britain’s eroded coastal towns

Sea Change documents Folkestone’s next generation of inhabitants.

Started back in December 2016 - just a few months after the Brexit vote, in which 62.2% decided to leave.

Along with Dover, Folkestone is located at the gateway to the European Union, there is a definite feeling of change happening, seasides like Folkestone were once Victorian holiday meccas, but social deprivation and cuts mean they are now fighting to evolve, re-evaluate and find a purpose.

With a diverse community of people from incoming artists attracted by the lower cost of living, refugees who have ended up in the port town only 30 miles from Calais, and locals who have lived in Folkestone for generations.

Intrigued by the tensions that gentrification and the new-comers have raised.

Sea Change focuses on documenting the younger generation – through them I wanted to show the sheer diversity of Folkestone’s inhabitants, from young refugees to young creatives. Documenting not only the changing landscape, but what Folkestone’s next generation of inhabitants looks like.

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