Seaside Frolics front coverSeaside Frolics: Whitstable, Tankerton & Herne Bay (2009)

This was my first photography volume and was beautifully printed on art paper. It was launched at Harbour Books in the little fishing harbour town of Whitstable on the North Kent coast. It was always going to be too expensive for the clientele even at a discounted £19. DFLs (those Down From London) are the scourge and life-blood of the town. They keep trade bouyant, at least during the summer months. Unfortunately, they also want souvenirs on the cheap. It's a Post-war Eastenders' day-trip mentality.

Framing and selling photocopied prints was not a route I wanted to take for the many images I was building up while living in Tankerton and Whitstable, though in the Summer of 2007 I did consider taking over a gallery in a tumbledown fisherman's hut on the sea wall. I might have survived a season. Another option was to sell postcard views in George's Mini-market on the High Street. They would only pay six pence per card (while charging from 12 pence upwards). I would have made a halfpenny per card.
Whitstable views are regarded as not having been bettered since the days of the town's photographer Douglas West and his father (up to the 1940s) and I thought it was time to look again. Many of my subsequent photographs were featured in the local newspapers and included a two-page spread in the Whitstable Times and couple of front page "scoops." The last copies of the original book stocked by the Tomic and Daly gallery in Whitstable have gone, along with the gallery in January 2016.
Early in 2018 I will update the book and may put it into my (as publisher) Collections series. There is a logic here as they are a collection of, mostly, seaside images. It will have to be set differently and printed in mono but the print replica e-book will be in colour and so will be worth doing. Some of the pictures are classic, others are already "historic." Here are four shots from the original book.

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A day out by the seaside
Image 27492 Contemplation
"You don't see Bhuddist monks very often in Whitstable ..." I said, taken aback while walking towards East Quay.
"... especially not eating chips and drinking cherry soda!" he retorted.
Image 1548 A Day Out by the Seaside
The Sydenham St Christopher's Hospice stand on Tankerton Slopes during Regatta Week 2004. The gentleman looked at me suspiciously as I took the picture but burst out laughing when he saw the result.
Three nil
  Harbour Street
Image 5635 Three-nil

This young couple were outside the pub on Pier Avenue, Tankerton on a chilly Summer evening celebrating an England win in the 2004 European Cup tournament.
Image 0181 Harbour Street, Whitstable
This image is from January 2004 and is one of the first composite shots I did with the still relatively new digital camera. Mine was a Fuji S1. There are many night, or rather dawn, shots in the book.
It is a busy little town during the Summer and dawn is the best time in which to see the architecture. I received several commissions to photograph premises in this light, including Birdies Resturant and Mosaic on Harbour Street.