Blackpool exhibition focuses on Seaside Towns Out Of Season

Jill Reidy, photographer and retired primary school teacher, with her new book All Change
Jill Reidy, photographer and retired primary school teacher, with her new book All Change

Life through a lens comes to life this week, with an exhibition by local photographer Jill Reidy.

Jill is presenting an exhibition of images from her recent out of season road trip around the seaside towns of Great Britain. The project began with a successful kickstarter campaign, appealing for funding, and is culminating in the exhibition at Abingdon Studios, on Abingdon Street, Blackpool.

In view of ongoing criticism and negative press around Blackpool, and, in particular, a recent survey which placed the town second in the list of worst places for women to live, Jill says she is anxious to present an alternative view.

She says she aims to lead people through her own physical and emotional landscape, through image making, blog-writing and an honest account of her feelings on depression, poured out through various social media platforms.

Through the images in the exhibition – entitled Seaside Towns Out Of Season – Jill explores what remains when the holiday season ends, capturing seascapes, architectural landscapes and every day life in a seaside town, and through conversations and encounters with others.

She said: “A café table and chairs sit centrally, a symbol of refuge and engagement with others, the café a bigger symbol and acknowledgement of that, which has fallen into deprivation and decay, inviting questions and opening up conversations about society, tourism, taste and transience.”

Curator of the exhibition, Jayne Simpson, said: “This exhibition is a celebration of what has been achieved and overcome. A culmination, not only of the resulting images and installation but of a much bigger intervention.

“The work celebrates the beauty in nature and the recognition of the contrasting deprivation.”

• The exhibition, featuring sound by Rick Thompson, runs until Thursday, be appointment only. Call Jill on 07824 393615 to arrange.