‘Perfect Day’ (2020), Txema Salvans
‘Perfect Day’ (2020) © Txema Salvans

On the coastline captured by Txema Salvans, chimneys stand in for palm trees and concrete has swallowed the sand. Perfect Day, the Catalan photographer’s fourth book, is a catalogue of the more surreal spots chosen by Spanish holidaymakers along the country’s increasingly overcrowded shores. Since 1988, seafront developments have more than doubled in size, and in Málaga and Catalonia more than a quarter of coastal land has been built on.

Sadly, it is the brightly clad sunbathers who now look out of place amid this sea of grey. Salvans’ images are an offbeat tribute to the undeterred, the families still gathering for post-industrial picnics or a quick dip, their backs turned defiantly on the sprawl.

‘Perfect Day’ is published by Mack

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