Coast Road - capturing a photographic journey along the A149 on foot

26 January 2018

A unique collection of contemporary photographs are going on display for the first time at Norfolk Heritage Centre. Coast Road tells the stories of the people and places along the A149 - the 85-mile road which links King’s Lynn to Great Yarmouth.

To create his debut exhibition , local photographer David Indge travelled the entire A149 on foot,  by bus and with lifts from friends, capturing the varied communities that live and work along the road. If he missed the last bus back home to Norwich, Indge would find a place to sleep and continue his photographic journey the next day.

Indge grew up in North Walsham, four miles from the Norfolk coastline, which inspired his fascination for the interaction between man and landscape.

“There were certain subjects I knew I needed to cover and people that I felt represented the communities along this road - for example, the ambulance crew at Potter Heigham. Others were chance encounters along the way.

“Part of my objective was to illustrate the contrasting areas covered by the road. Despite being from Norfolk, there were still unfamiliar places to me along the route and this encouraged me to explore these areas further. I thought it was important to not just park up, wind down the window, take a snap and move on,” said David.

Chairman of Norfolk County Council’s Communities Committee, Councillor Margaret Dewsbury, said: “The journey that David embarked on to take this collection of photographs makes Coast Road a very special exhibition. His genuine interest in the lives of the people he met en route is evident in the intimate portraits he was able to capture.”

The Coast Road exhibition, showcasing highlights from the project, will be held in the Norfolk Heritage Centre at the Norfolk & Norwich Millennium Library and will run from 2–28 February 2018.

Pictured above - one of the images from the display

Norfolk Heritage Centre is located on the second floor of the Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library, The Forum, Millennium Plain, Norwich, NR2 1AW, and is free to visit. Opening hours for Norfolk Heritage Centre: Mon-Fri 10am-7pm; Sat 9am-5pm.


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