Nick De Marco's latest book featuring 40 colour and black and white photographs, is of the strange land in Kent, Dungeness. The book is published by blurb:
The light and luminosity of the Dungeness is one of its many special secrets.
The flatness of the shingled beach, in the shadow of an ageing nuclear power station, leading into the windswept sea heightens the sense of isolation.
Dungeness is officially Britain’s only desert, because of its dry climate and lack of surface vegetation. The Oxford dictionary defines a desert as a ‘waterless, desolate area of land with little or no vegetation, typically covered with sand’ and ‘a situation or area considered dull and uninteresting’, Britain’s only ‘desert’ . Desolate, yes, but although dry the place is surrounded by water; although there is a lack of vegetation Dungeness has the largest area of vegetated shingle in Europe; it’s not covered in sand and although some might call it dull and uninteresting, for many others it is far from it. It was once described in The Times as the English Seaside redesigned by Tim Burton.
But it is the contrast between nature’s barren and isolated landscape with the amazing character and variety of the converted railway carriages, beach huts, and cottages, which gives the place its special, and out of this world appearance. Walking past painted wooden houses, with strange gardens and across old steam railway tracks in an otherwise vast space of nothing feels more like my image of a dusty Kansas in the 1950s than anywhere in England.