Sodley-on-Sea is a photographic social documentary series about an imaginary British seaside town and is made up of images sourced from the Internet that are printed, physically cropped and then used to build dioramas that are photographed before being destroyed.
Mark Page’s Sodley-on-Sea follows a long tradition of British Documentary photography, from Tony Ray Jones to Martin Parr, where the photographer has focused on seaside towns to explore the idiosyncrasies of British life.
The Seaside has always represented the British notion of escape and yet is a space deeply entrenched in the national psyche and allied with tradition. Page’s work questions how the subject matter has become part of the documentary photographic tradition and raises questions about how representative the work truly is – particularly when almost invariably carried out with a sneer. As such Sodley satirises both notions of Englishness and the entrenched documentary photographic tradition.
This project was supported using public funding by Arts Council England.
STILL LIVES: Still lifes for all 2014
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THIRTY-SIX VIEWS OF MOUNT FUJI 2014
WHEN ANISH KAPOOR CAME ROUND FOR HIS TEA 2013
ART IS GODD 2012
Comment cards left by visitors to a provincial British art gallery.
25 POTENTIAL WEAPONS DESCENDING IN ORDER OF DESPERATION 2008
I’m lying in bed in a new house, can hear unfamiliar creaks and other noises including wailing sirens and police helicopters. This area has never had the best press and talking of press they say this country’s going to the dogs, and only the other week a couple were killed in their own home. Right to bear arms? Not on yer Nelly, not Sir in England.
I’m lying in bed in a new house in the dark, thinking I’m not going to end up a victim, on the news, with a CSO stood outside my door, with blue and white tape, POLICE DO NOT ENTER.
It’s OK I can protect myself, think, think how can I defend me and mine against the hordes waiting at the end of our street……………
ALL THE PEOPLE WHO WALKED PAST WETHERSPOONS WHILE I WAS HAVING A QUICK PINT 2008
Sitting in The Paramount on Oxford Street Manchester, on a Tuesday morning (18/03/08) having a nice quiet pint of Guinness (regular) and watching all Manchester life going past, including a member of the Coronation Street cast.......
GOING TO TOWN 2008
Having lived in Manchester city centre for most of the last decade and only really leaving and returning via the same couple of roads, I decided to circum navigate "Town" and in the process photograph every possible route in.
“First impressions count” as the old saying goes……..