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Schoolmates and life long friends Sally, LIsa & Emma on Margate Beach, June 2015
Photo by Mark McCall for Woman & Home Magazine, TimeInc.
There is truly something wonderful and nostalgic about English seaside towns from Scarborough to Brighton, Blackpool to Margate, Southend-on-Sea to Hastings with their piers extending into the ocean, amusement arcades, ice cream vans and beach huts testifying to the long and enduring history of family summer outings.
The photographer, Mark McCall was recently commissioned by TimeInc's publication, Woman & Home, to re-create a true life story of the enduring friendship of three schoolfirends re-uniting for a girl's weekend in Margate on the Kent Coast. It was time revisit and to reminisce about the school trip they took when they were 14 years old and to enjoy some much needed downtime. The updated portrait was as near a re-enactment as was possible of a treasured original image taken whilst on that school trip to the seaside some 25 years previously.
Schoolmates Sally, LIsa & Emma on Margate Beach,1990
Photo courtesy of Woman & Home Magazine, TimeInc.
Margate is going through something of a revival with the opening of the Turner Contemporary Gallery and a return in popularity of holidays by the seaside. The weekend of Mark McCall's photoshoot also saw the re-opening of Dreamland Margate, the famous family amusement park, which has with the involvement of designer Wayne Hemingway, brought back to life the lost heritage and artefacts of a bygone age of summer fun and sand castles!
Mark's portraits have appeared in Woman & Home as well as many other International publications as he photographs friends, celebrities, authors, actors and corporate clients. It forms part of the Mark McCall Photographs People portfolio spanning over the past 30 years working Internationally as a photographer.