Changing the narrative through images

Like many seaside resorts, Rhyl has had great difficulties coming to terms with the changes over the last forty years. No less than a community that  relies on a single heavy industry, such as coal mining or steel making, the seaside resorts have all the weaknesses of the mono-economy. When the main industry goes into drastic decline, so the whole community suffers.

Moreover, the population profile of seaside resorts tends to work against their quick regeneration – generations of people who have known the town as a seaside resort retire to the place, whereas young people, exasperated with the lack of future jobs tend to migrate away.

Regeneration is a long, complicated and uncomfortable process. However, the town still has lots to  offer, and in particular a vibrant artistic community working in a range of media… below are some examples of photographic art…

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Pictures by Jill Andrews, David Brindley, Jo Jenner, Gail Metcalfe and Charlotte Roberts.

Jo’s last shot shows the Old Brickfields Pond, once a scene of dread for all the kids off the Reso as it was rumoured to be too deep to be measured… now a nature reserve.

Who wouldn’t want a visit and holiday here…

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