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Aidan Pryce-Curling

Aidan was born in the East End of London and now lives in Folkestone. He moved to Canterbury in 2001 where he first began to develop his interest in photography.

He is particularly engaged with the natural landscape and its relationship with built environments, with formal arrangements of light/dark that create interesting visual/social perspectives and the liminal spaces that surround them. 

‘Arches’ is a series of photographs exploring elements of the transitional spaces between the sea and man-made structures of the harbour and Stade in Folkestone.

The harbour is a place that is intended for transfer, the place where sea and land constantly exchange energy, shaping the coast and weather and light. Small trawlers still unload their catch and passengers once changed transport from train to ship on the harbour Arm that protects the port and now houses new cafes and bars. Across from the Harbour Arm are the Stade and the town beach, Sunny Sands. 

The arches that support the structures around the harbour are vernacular and industrial, functional and transformative that are hidden twice a day when filled by the tide before being revealed again.

They do not seem to hold much obvious attraction with their odours and detritus, but like incidental spaces they are mysterious and sometimes a dreamlike cave, grotto or stage.

The colours of the algae and graffiti combine to create spaces reminiscent of Prospero’s cell, especially when in these images the industrial steps appear to act as points of entry and departure between these grottos and the world above.