In 2014 this small village was declared once more as the U.K.’s most deprived town. Wanting to understand why and how this place was so deprived I visited and spoke to a number of members of the community about how the area had gained this ‘title’.
To many it was a place by the sea that was affordable, it allowed people to live how they wanted. To others is was a sanctuary from a difficult life elsewhere. There were bad elements in the community but there were also great friendships and a community spirit.
In the end, with numerous other media outlets visiting the town and focusing on the poverty of the town, I felt I couldn’t make pictures of, and potentially stereotype, people. The buildings spoke to me of how people viewed their community so I photographed them instead.