The Westbay Methodist Church Photography Project
I have visited Westbay a couple of times, and on each visit I thought that there must be something more to the disused church on the beach than first meets the eye. So on my last visit I endeavourd to look a little closer and think a little harder. I was attracted to it's simple beauty, although rundown and unloved the building still had a unique character. I wanted to photograph the building but, it's location made it very difficult, there is a pub across the road to the right, a shop immediatley in front of it and parked cars tucked in close to it's right hand side. So I wenr in close to focus on the details.
Rather than produce a factual record of the church, I wanted to capture the elements that interested and inspired me leading to this set of photographs. On first inspection the building is rather dull, drab green walls with little interest. The location is great, resting on the edge of the great shingle beach, but photographically uninspiring and due to the proximity of parked cars, shops and the pub challenging. So why bother?
The paint faded by age is exactly how it should be . The grasses beyond the fence overgrown, uncared for, unloved but adding very importantly to the run down face of what had been a very smart Chapel. A pristine white gloss fence, iron stained from rusting nails, scarred with patches of algae. The smart rendered walls once very correct with interlocking geometric lines, now struggle to shine through the weathered render and paint. This is what I saw and wanted to capture. One day when the Chapel is restored it will take on a new character. But now as I see it, it's at its best. Used a texture layer based on the stone walls to connect all the images, destarurated the colours to make more of its already faded facade. Enjoy the Photographs.