Worthing was once a thriving tourism resort. Now it conveys a sense of nostalgia and renewal.
The 6 trees on West Parade were shot on various cameras each month for a year (July 2017 - June 2018).
Taking these images was my mediation, my monthly escape.
The work traces the meteorological conditions of the British coast and captures the fine textures of leaves, water and sky. However, with harsh westerly winds some of the palms have not developed equally well. There is a philosphical notion to the work and it is universally acessible.
In ancient cultures and religions the palm tree symbolises attainment, resurrection and the return to the inner source - the soul. It also stands for peace, victory and fertility. Polynesians, Iberians,
Assyrians and Egyptians considered palms as the ‘tree of life’. Some go as far as to say that the palm tree possesses divine attributes. It has been an important source of food, clothing and shelter for thousands of years. It still has a major role in many cultures today. All parts of the palm can be used with hardly any waste.
However, palms also carry conflicting issues i.e. deforrestation, cultural ignorance and exploitation, impermanence.
My palm sets stand as a metaphor for humble beginnings, reflection, sustainability and renewal. They remind me of time passing, exotic lands and they question preconceived ideas of beauty and perfection.
A Wabi Sabi of Photography.
Furthermore, the photographs reflect on the democracy of public space, the beach, available to us all - or is it?
The month of July 2017 has been invited to “Seaside: Photographed” a group exhibition showcasing at Turner Contemporary in Margate 25 May - 8 Sept. 2019. Curated by Val Williams and Karen Shepherdson.
It will go on tour during 2020 including Southhampton, Blackpool and Newlyn, Cornwall. The palms also feature as chapter cover in the book with the same title, published by Thames & Hudson (released 23rd May 2019).
I have been awarded the Woodland Trust “Urban Trees” pack and I look to establish a community engagement strategy for 2020, fostering well-being and new ideas through photography
& trees. The aim of the project is to create a long term body of work encompassing routine, mindfulness, community and play.
I am now looking for community project funding and further print sponsors. Please do get in touch with any ideas.
This series belongs to the overarching concept: Take Your Time... (Nimm Dir Zeit) and it’s ongoing. Another strand that has recently developed is #TimeForSpace
All images © Julia Horbaschk. Contact for enquiries.
Worthing Palms June 2018. NE 8. Scattered clouds. 73%, 17°C, feels like 17°C.
Worthing Palms May 2018. No data.
Worthing Palms April 2018. WNW 11. Passing Clouds. 85%. 8° feels like 5°
Worthing Palms March 2018. ESE 2. Good. Chance of rain 14%. 8°
Worthing palms 2018. February. NE 15. Very Good. 49%. 3° feels like -1°
Worthing palms 2018. January. Moderate. W 5. 95%. 7°
Worthing palms 2017. December. Very good. N 5. 84%. 4°
Worthing palms 2017. November. Very good. SSW 7. 62%. 7°
Worthing palms 2017. October. SSE 6. fog. 94%. 12°
Worthing palms 2017. September. SSE 4. Moderate. 79%. 14°
Worthing palms 2017. August. SSW 10. Very Good. 64%. 17°
Worthing palms 2017. July. SSW 8. Good. 72%. 16°