DREAMLANDS / WASTELANDS
Published by Jane & Jeremy 2014
First Edition: 100
Binding: Hardcover, 60 pages, 145mm x 200mm
Hand numbered with signed print
Dreamlands / Wastelands documents Rhiannon’s fascination with ‘Britishness’ and takes its title from T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land, and Margate’s Dreamland amusement park.
Consisting of expired dreamlike Polaroid images of the famous resort towns, Margate and Benidorm, this book is influenced by Rhiannon’s isolated childhood spent on the sea, when English soil was a distant dream. It is a journey inspired by literary descriptions and rose-tinted nostalgia, using a photographic format more often associated with the 1970s family snapshot.
Images of the two resorts sit side by side, each spread drawing out the similarities between Brits at home and abroad, also alluding to the boom of the package holiday (thanks to cut price air travel introduced by Thatcher), partially resulting in the bust of the British seaside.
The pictures capture our collective experience of childhoods by the sea, avoiding contemporary references and hark back to a time when life was simpler. The film’s expired imperfections echo the scars of time passing and memories transforming, blurring the boundaries between past and present, fiction and reality and mirror the cracks and decay that permeate the walls of every British resort town.
Dreamlands / Wastelands grasps at the essence of what being British means, told through the holidays of then and the holidays of now.