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Another afternoon: Tom Sebastiano depicts the mundane life of English coastal towns

Tom Sebastiano Summer Afternoon COVER

I would love to say that I’m a lifelong photographer. The truth is that I spent too many years thinking about it and not doing it. Although I bought my first camera at the age of 15 and enjoyed photography as much as I could afford I never really pushed myself more than the usual teenage photos of my friends.

By the time I replaced it with a more advanced camera I had fallen into the trap of automation. All too often the dial was turned to auto and slowly photographs became what I did when I went on holiday. Over the years I would take time to visit photographic exhibitions or look through books and portfolios but eventually, my camera sat gathering dust.

The desire was there but maybe not the belief. Finally, in 2010, I set about trying to learn how to make photographs. So for me, it’s been a kind of long slow story but you know what they say ‘It’s never too late to start’

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About ‘An Overcast Summer Afternoon’:

An Overcast Summer Afternoon is a short series of photos shot during an afternoon in Brightlingsea, Essex. They reflect the mundane and nuanced life so typical of many small English coastal towns. It is this very ordinariness that creates the challenge; to compose something of interest from the subconsciously familiar.

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