Poring over old family photographs in crumbling albums, boxes and plastic bags, reveals how much time the British have spent at the seaside.

The Unreliability of Memory at Sea Level grew not only out of years of familiarity with family photos and an ingrained love of the seaside, but also from the acceptance that the old pictures of good times represent the only connection to those times, sometimes so distant that they cannot even be called memories.

The Unreliability... considers how our memories fail, become entangled and impenetrable, despite the prompt of the photograph - and how that small picture can make us believe almost anything is true.  It also considers how it is possible to believe how, through intense familiarity with an old photograph, that image represents our own memory of an experience we could never have had.

the unreliability

of memory

at sea level

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