As a follow-up to my last blog post, I wanted to have a closer look at the town which gave me such a great first impression to find a bit more about what the town of Folkestone is made of.
A couple week ago I was asked to generate a series of photos to be considered for the cover of a great regional magazine. This proved to be an awesome opportunity for me on many fronts, and it left me with a number of interesting takes on exactly what’s up with Folkestone.
At the heart of Folkestone’s Creative Quarter are the Artists. The Artists of 35-37 Tontine Street were kind enough to work with me on the project and we came away with a number of images which truly represent the Creative Quarter. This image is similar to one of two that were selected as candidates for the magazine cover. Unfortunately, it wasn’t communicated that portrait entries were not suitable for the publication but it still made for a great photo.
Leaving 35-37 Tontine Street, I headed up the hill to take note of the Creative Quarter from a different perspective. One of my favourite Folkestonian fixtures is the brilliant statue pictured below, “Standing Lady-Hare with Dog”
Further down the Old High Street is a shop that I was looking forward to including in my cover project. Sentient is an incredibly captivating shop owned by artist and designer Rebecca Mason
One of the particular subjects of interest for my cover project was “happy, smiling kids“. One of the things that you find in great abundance around Folkestone’s Creative Quarter is happy kids.
So deciding that I’d circled the lovely Creative Quarter a sufficient number of times, I’m happy to say that upon further inspection, the heart of Folkestone is indeed at least as lovely as I’d believed on first sight. One of the best parts about being new to the area is that I get to see Folkestone with new eyes. I know that Folkestone has endured it’s share of ups, downs and false starts, but if what I’ve come to know from the last few months holds true, Folkestone is definitely just as brilliant as I’d supposed both above and beneath the surface.
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