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Stephen Monger

In November 2005 I moved to Weston-super-Mare, in the belief that all artists should live by the sea at least once in their lives.

On first seeing the island, it fascinated me. Not just because it was closed and out of bounds, or that the Victorian structures were derelict, or that its appearance vastly changed by the weather and daily tides. No, there was something more - something that drew me to it. It conjured up a vivid childhood memory of walking over a pier with missing planks and the sea swirling below. The image was very real in my mind; I was convinced it was Birnbeck; and that I had been there before.

‘Visiting Birnbeck’ is a photographic exploration and diary (2008 - current). Stephen Monger is the convener of the Forum for Photographic Practice at UWE. His exhibition ‘Urban Documents’ was shown at The Architecture Centre, Bristol (2006) The Lighthouse, Glasgow (2006) and the Solent Centre for Architecture and Design, Winchester (2007). Catalogue: ISBN 0-9553609-0-0.

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