Off-season: Joe Kennedy's day trip to Lancashire at the Harris Museum and Gallery

By Culture24 Staff | 08 June 2011
A photo of a disused warehouse advertising Funland Amusements
© Joe Kennedy
Exhibition: Off-season: Photographs by Joe Kennedy, Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston, until July 16 2011

Joe Kennedy has resided in sunny Preston for the past ten years, but he’s spent a large proportion of his days heading to nearby St Annes, Morecambe, Blackpool and Southport, following the North-West coastline to capture the faded seaside glamour of each of those towns.

A photo of an old gas station in an urban setting
© Joe Kennedy
Every summer, he sees physical and cultural changes shifting them further away from the places he knew during his childhood day trips. The crazy golf courses, joke shops and sticks of rocks, he says, are being replaced by shopping centres, pushbike rentals and boutique hotels, so he uses a medium format film camera and dodges the crowd to scratch at the surface.

A photo of deckchairs on a road in front of a sandy beach
© Joe Kennedy
The crashing waves, dilapidated tearooms and bleak, rugged allure you’d expect are all there, but Kennedy is also an optimist who believes in the regenerative potential afforded by development schemes as much as the value of beautiful old buildings and landscapes across Lancashire.

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