Saturday, 27 May 2017
Vulgarians at play
There's certainly a photo story here of folk going to Blackpool to enjoy themselves under any circumstances and many of Wallace's photos capture this vulgar abandonement. Unfortunately so many of the seventy-two pictures in the book do this in a rather sloppy way with their badly cropped heads, tilting backgrounds and a lack of focal interest to pull the eye into the frame, making them not much better than snaps anyone could have taken. There are plenty that are not worth a second look either.
The book's production doesn't help either, instead of leaving the photos centred on the page with generous margins several butt into the spine and there are four spreads with them page wide and butting together at the spine
There is a story here but I didn't think Wallace really captures it with his images.