As far as liminal spaces go, the beach might be my favourite one. Anything goes on the beach. A 70 year-old lady with purple hair wearing a thong bikini? Fine. A man wrapped in nothing but a flimsy leopard-print sarong, fluttering in the breeze? Also fine. Is that an entire family having a wee in the sea in unison? Not a big deal.
Accordingly, this series by Lithuania-based photographer Tadao Cern is right up my street. Taking the humble beach towel as his spot of choice, he has photographed a whole range of subjects in their holiday personae, sprawled, dribbling, naked, splurging and asleep. Revelatory, funny and surprisingly tender, the resulting images give a poignant insight into what society might be like if we could just let go of our inhibitions for a bit and sport our obnoxious beach-towels everywhere we go. Glorious.
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