Jaywick – 2009

In 1928 Frank Stedman purchased a large plot of land south of Clactonon the Essex coast. The thousands of bathing and holiday chalets he built were quickly appropriated as permanent homes and remain so to this day. The decline of the British seaside holiday, lack of transport links and a self-perpetuating dilapidated nature of the area have all contributed to the continual decline of the town over the 80 years since.

This collection of portraits shows the ways in which architecture is affected over time – by nature, development, deconstruction and decoration – and how an existing typology has made way for a new aesthetic language invoking notions of the seaside, fortification, folk-art, pride, post-war domestic architecture, escapism and personalisation.