Abi Doctor

Chish and Fips

‘Nostalgia is history, without guilt’ – Svetlana Boym

English seaside towns evoke feelings of nostalgia in many of us. From the smell of fish and chips on the seafront to the garishly painted fairground signs, the plethora of sensory experiences allow us to revert to a childlike state. Chish and Fips provides a visual insight into four English coastal resorts. By combining documentary-based imagery, still life sets and archival postcards, it explores the importance of English coastal holidays and how they are imperative to working class identity. Although we all have different experiences of these locations, Chish and Fips depicts the universal motifs of the seaside and explores how these induce universal feelings of nostalgia.