The beach has become a unique geological phenomena with a significant social content. In fact, it is a collective space that guarantees the tourist ecosystem financial success and upon which the life and leisure of varying social classes hinge. If the beach took a leading role at the dawn of modern tourism, a century and a half later this limelight has become essential.
Although beaches may be urban or virgin and are not presented as complex spaces defined by a series of characteristics that differentiate them,
today it may be said that beaches have become more and more uniform, as is the behaviour which takes place on them.
Beaches have converted into The Beach.
The beach is now the meeting place between nature and urban culture; the social space of the naked body and a theme park that attracts everyone equally, at no added cost, with no processes of obsolescence.
The beach promises a stage that is also egalitarian: occupation is apparently democratic and uniform, sensuality is accentuated by the nakedness of the body, while play and sport flow without rules. But the beach, as a social space, is also subject to regulation and order, which seem to carve a niche between the feeling of spontaneity and freedom it misleadingly offers.
Regulation is what has inevitably homogenised the uses and made individual representations uniform on the beach.
This work in progress is made up of images of beaches in various parts of the world.