As summer is in full swing in the southern hemisphere, we travel north through David Peter Harris’s photographs of a once-busy Italian seaside town after tourist season.
Having grown up in a small town on the KwaZulu-Natal coastline of South Africa, David was witness to an annual influx of holidaymakers. The visitors would hugely increase the population of the town for a few weeks, only to leave again at summer’s end leaving the town feeling smaller than it had before. He says, “When the holidaymakers left the town was left feeling like a ghost town.”
In August this year, David visited a small town on the Adriatic coast of Italy. He says, “Towards the end of their summer I ¬†witnessed the emptying out of what was in essence a strikingly similar town to the one I grew up in.” Experiencing this familiar feeling from childhood yet so far from home, David was compelled to photograph the empty streets and deck chairs and the dwindling beach goers determined to catch that last ray of sun.