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Talacre is a small seaside Village that sits on the most northern tip of the country of Wales that forms part of the United Kingdom. Talacre is in the county of Flintshire between Snowdonia national park and the river Dee. The backdrop to this quaint holiday village comes in the form of its beautiful beach and Sand dunes at Point of Ayr. The sand dunes are protected as a place of Special scientific interest. They are home to The Natterjack toad, which became extinct in 1960’s in Wales, reintroduced successfully in early 21st century.

Talacre hasn’t always been a holiday destination, it was used as a firing range for pilots during World war two and up until recently you could still find beach fortifications and come across spent ammo casings along the beach.

I have been holidaying in Wales since I was a little boy with great memories exploring the sand hills and playing in the sea. My family has had a small property in Talacre for many years, it sits as close to the beach as you can get. On high tides you can hear the sea in bed. As the resort has changed over the years many shops, businesses have come and gone and like the fortifications on the beach some have succumb to the ever-changing landscape over time.

Some clues still remain hidden within the sand hills as bricks, concrete slabs and chimneys litter the area. I explored how these structures that once stood on top of the surface as homes and businesses now naturally form part of the earth.

Over time the ever-changing sand has enveloped these structures, now they are parts of paths, hills, and habitats only showing themselves if they are sought out.My series uncovers how these details intertwine with the environment, protrude out of it and harmonies with it. These images I hope give a glimpse into this contrast. The constant shift, a dance of sorts between how we develop with the environment around us and how quickly nature can regain what was borrowed.

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