Artist Photographer Sarah Hall

Sense of Place

This project came about just after the lockdown laws eased and people started coming to Sidmouth to enjoy the sea. The backdrop for the artwork is the shelter on Sidmouth’s esplanade. It captures a sense of Sidmouth and the variety of people who come to admire the view, take stock, connect with friends and family and for some to celebrate.

The use of the same location on repeat conveys a sense of why this place is special for so many.

Sarah was inspired to create her montage of images as people were emerging from their isolation:

“I would walk my dog along the seafront with my camera and stop to see who was in the shelter. I am naturally interested in people and I enjoyed hearing why families and friends had come to Sidmouth.”

Sarah is a professional photographer and winner of the 2021 Portrait of Britain competition with her portrait of a volunteer Lifeboat Man in Sidmouth. Her work focuses on capturing people’s stories through Portraits, Weddings and Family photography. www.sarahhallphotography.co.uk

This artwork was developed as part of a community project with Sidmouth Photographic Club mentored by South West based British Artist Photographer Robert Darch.

Sense of Place exhibited at Sidmouth Wallspace

Photo by Mike Hawkridge