Eastbourne's Victorian Pier was badly damaged during a fire in 2014, destroying a central domed building functioning as an amusement arcade, constantly filled with the noise of the many machines it was home to.
Because of financial constraints, the amusement hall was not rebuilt. Instead, a new open and inviting space with wooden flooring emerged, giving Eastbourne residents and visitors the opportunity to stroll onto the pier, sit and chat like on a Mediterranean plaza.
The Pier is now owned by a well known local business man, Sheikh Abid Gulzar, who wants people to feel welcome. The open space with benches on each sides certainly offers that.
'A Space to Breath'captures the people that enjoy that open space. They would not be there if the space would not be there. Some in their own thoughts, some alone or together with others, all walks of life, a peaceful congregation of everyone. While the fire was tragic, the restauration has created a space to breath.