Simon Roberts – Pierdom


While trying to come up with ideas for my master’s project, I discovered the work of Simon Roberts. In particular, his series ‘Pierdom’.

From series 'Pierdom'
Weston-Super-Mare Grand Pier, Somerset, 2011

“Made over the past three years, Pierdom is a comprehensive survey of Britain’s Pleasure Piers. Predominantly constructed during the 19th Century in the context of expanding Victorian seaside resorts and railways, these structures were often erected as landing docks for pleasure steamers and other sea craft. Growing to accommodate the needs of day-trippers escaping the smog of the city, engineers began to incorporate bandstands, cafes and music halls into their designs, embracing the growing notion of ‘pleasure seeking’ by the seaside.” [SOURCE]

From series 'Pierdom'
Saltburn Pier, North Yorkshire, 2011
Pierdom, Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, 2015-2016

This is only a small sample of Simon Roberts’ extensive study of piers. [View more here]

I came across this series after becoming interested in how we spend our British summertime. A lot of what I was finding included glamorous black and white images or the use of colour, such as Martin Parr. Both of these techniques produce beautiful photographs, however I enjoy the desaturated appearance of Pierdom. Even moreso against the grey walls of the exhibition space.

Don’t forget to check out Simon Roberts’ work. I recommend Urban Parks.


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