In Funland, Rob Ball (b. 1977, United Kingdom) captures the nostalgia and vulnerability of British seaside resorts. We see old school cafés with classic paper Coca-Cola cups in the windows, lollipop pink funfairs, hotels equally cozy and hostile, and dreamy looking pier pavilions that disappear into the fog. These are all represented in soft pastel colours that suggest that the images were taken in the 1960s. However, the contemporary fashion of the portrayed subjects and the sky-high breakfast prices on the menus remind us that this is the UK in 2019. Some things simply haven’t changed for 50 years.
Not unlike Shane Lynam (b. 1980, Ireland), who documented the decay of French beach resorts in his series Fifty High Seasons, Ball's main idea is to show how once attractive and fun places like Blackpool, Brighton, Barry Island, and Brightlingsea have now fallen into despair due to recent political events. Started in 2009, the project now includes 35 retro-looking British coastal towns, highlighting the vulnerable British culture that is at risk of extinction and at some point might only exist in Ball’s documentation.