Subverting the ‘sleepy Eastbourne’ myth: 24 portraits show another side to our town

A photographer took on a challenge to take 24 portraits in 24 hours, and tell the untold story of Eastbourne.

Tuesday, 30th July 2019, 11:05 am
Shoe, the Dewdrop Inn. Photo by Phil Burrowes of Avant Commercial

The project, called the #LongestDayEastbourne, saw Phil Burrowes embark on a photography marathon. It was inspired by the Longest Day project by photographer Tom Oldham, but instead of East London, Phil wanted to explore his hometown. So that is what he did on Friday, July 19 – starting at 9am and finishing on 9am on Saturday, July 20. He said, “I wanted people to get a glimpse into a world they wouldn’t normally see, to find out interesting stories about amazing people within their own community. I think many people living in and around Eastbourne are pretty unaware of the constant activity within the town. It was by far, one of the hardest shoots I have had to do. Hopefully I am doing a little something to subvert the misconception of Eastbourne being a sleepy, seaside town – instead, it being an up-and-coming area with huge potential, whilst retaining some of the charm for which it’s famous.” The final images from the project can be seen on Phil’s website here

Lee, Poppyseed Bakery. Photo by Phil Burrowes of Avant Commercial
Lucy, of the Art House cafe. Photo by Phil Burrowes of Avant Commercial
Jason, Welbeing. Photo by Phil Burrowes of Avant Commercial
Stephen Lloyd, MP. Photo by Phil Burrowes of Avant Commercial
Gregor from Bottle Grove. Photo by Phil Burrowes of Avant Commercial
Ginny, the Eastbourne Herald. Photo by Phil Burrowes of Avant Commercial
Cole Moreton, author. Photo by Phil Burrowes of Avant Commercial