In 1974 the iconic and posthumous publication A Day Off: An English Journal (1974) was published. The publication uncovered the work by English photographer Tony Ray-Jones who responded to the differing ways that the English spend their leisure time. Subdivided into chapters (The Seaside, Summer Carnivals, Dancers, London, Society) the imagery helps understand a photographer that went from a scholarship at Yale University to the street photographs of New York City and then his departure for Britain in late 1965.
His work in England during the late-1960s shows his interest in English festivals, leisure activities whish show his influence of photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson and Garry Winogrand. It was whilst photographing in England, Ray-Jones completed many lists of locations [Fig. 1] that he believed best summed up differing English identity; one being the seaside. The notebooks - within which the lists are found - are now stored at the National Media Museum, Bradford. Ray-Jones’s notebook also contained a list of English seaside towns, which he wished to photograph, where the photographer ticked off locations he had been to. Unfortunately, in late-1971 the photographer was diagnosed with leukaemia and died on 13th March 1972 at the age of thirty.
The work On-Sea is homage to Ray-Jones and his lists on the English seaside. With several locations having not been photographed by Ray-Jones, the project On-Sea focuses on certian locations that end on-sea and documents the subjects and seascapes found there. All work is taken in the artist own style and using colour film but has a understanding for why he finds himself there are the underlining responsibility of looking at the English seaside.