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Candy colours, surreal scenes and unconventional couples in Bex Day’s Manic Ovation series

A fashion shoot at a crumbling English seaside resort, how exciting! Said no one in recent years, ever. So Bex Day’s new series for Garage magazine had to be pretty good to impress: but boy, impress us it did. Manic Ovation was shot in and around Scarborough’s Grand Hotel, erected in 1867 and standing tall and proud ever since. But while it was once a glittering and luxurious site and the largest hotel in Europe, it now cuts a more modest but no less majestic shape on the northern coastline. For Bex’s fashion shoot, her images play off the building’s enduring charm and are peopled with strange folk that look like stock characters from American cinema of yore. There’s the strange meticulously mustachioed gent, the cotton candy pink-enveloped glamour puss and the lecherously leered-at cheerleader. It’s surreal and compelling, and shows Scarborough in a wholly new and cinematic light.

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