52 Weeks of Yorkshire – Week 10

I’ve made it to double-digits! It hasn’t been easy by any means, and there have been a few failures along the way, but I’ve found this 52-week project to be a valuable experience. Yesterday I was in Scarborough, on the Yorkshire Coast, and I thought I’d take this opportunity to show you the seaside.

Cayton Bay Cliffs (Flickr).jpg
Cayton Bay Cliffs


Cayton Bay is a beach near Scarborough. It has certainly seen better days. Once upon a time places like Cayton would have been heaving with families taking a week off to stay by the beach, but that was another time. The seasonal jobs went along with the tourists, and now the Yorkshire Coast is seen as a grey place, with nothing to offer. In Scarborough shops and cafes sit, boarded up, unable to stay afloat amidst changing tourism patterns and economic recession.

There’s beauty in this place though, like in all places. My reason for shooting is to show people that no matter how desolate and depressed their surroundings, there is something beautiful to be seen. Here the cliffs stand dramatically over the sea, with dense grey clouds hanging overhead. The waves crash against the rocks, slowly but surely wearing them down. It’s a grey scene, but an awe-inspiring one nonetheless.


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