Norfolk's Fragile Coast is a photographic journey from the unstable and spectacular cliffs of Sidestrand to the fossil-rich beaches of East and West Runton, to bird reserves, marshes, expanses of sand, through the sailing and vacation areas of the Burnhams to the bleakness of Snettisham on the Wash. Claire Davies has captured this diversity, zooming in on the tiniest bird and out to the wild and spectacular expanses of coastline.
This photographic project – mostly carried out through the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 – not only captures a constantly changing landscape with beautiful imagery – spectacular cliffs, fossil-rich beaches, marshes, seascapes, birds, flora and fauna, parkland and countryside – but along with the accompanying narrative and diary notes, establishes an important record of a coast in all its variety at a moment of exceptional and unique timing.
Claire Davies studied graphic design and illustration at Saint Martin's School of Art and Middlesex University. She has practised as a freelance illustrator and photographer and taught design and illustration courses at the London College of Printing and Chelsea School of Art. She has studied with the garden designer John Brookes, subsequently adding garden design to her many skills. In 2009 she took on the job of designing and re-creating the gardens of the London Charterhouse. A book of her photographs and diary notes recording the transformation of the gardens was published in 2018: Behind Walls, Enchanting Hidden Gardens of the Charterhouse.