Dunraven bay on the Glamorgan heritage coast is a very special place to many people including myself.
It is a beautiful place to contemplate, relax, surf, swim, or walk hand in hand, a sanctuary. Things just feel a bit better when your there, if you know the beach you’ll know what I mean. To many visitors the beach and the bay haven’t changed in hundreds of years but the reality is different. Every year the rock face erodes a little bit more and the sand on the beach shifts dramatically or gets depleted during the winter storms and just doesn’t seem to be replenished as much as it used to. There are two main theories for this firstly the natural phenomenon of the movement of the tides during the seasons and secondly it is attributed to intensive dredging a few miles off shore at a massive sand bank in the Bristol chanel. My view is that it is a mixture of the two and is a subject of great personal interest to myself and fellow surfers.
At the end of 2006 I decided to photograph the beach over the next 18 months and was amazed to see just how much the beach changed over the seasons. For this reasons alone these images are truly unique and a limited selection of these images are now available following the success of the book produced for the project. Dunraven has been photographed by many brilliant photographers for many years and loads of stunning images are widely available. Somehow I wanted to capture the soul and the life of the bay over time, not just a pretty postcard picture.