Working life in small rural communities across Northumberland has been perpetually reshaped by political, economic, and environmental decisions made at regional, national and international levels at times creating adverse effects so detrimental that some villages fail to thrive as a community.


This work observes continuing adaptation to meet economic challenges noting the evolving conversation between a host community and the perceived redeeming industry, tourism.


Through photography, we glimpse beyond the tranquil rurality into scenes of contemporary working life on the Northumbrian coast. Residents retain a strong sense of belonging, relishing the familiarity of their home town and consider themselves guardians of their natural environment as they fight to stabilise the sustainability and continuity of their community.