Shingle Beach, St Leonards, East Sussex, UK in March 2020 – by Jonathan Williams

“St Leonards (or St Leonards-on-Sea) is a town in East Sussex, on the south coast of the UK. The beaches in this area are stabilised with groynes – low walls that stretch out into the sea at regular intervals, helping to slow down the longshore drift of the shingle. I tried to capture the contrasts in sound of the beach here: the thump of waves breaking against the wooden groynes, the splash of incoming water, the clatter of the sea raking the shingle back down the beach, the hiss and fizz of the foam at the edge of the breakers. It’s a very different sound to the sandy beaches where I grew up! You might also hear a couple of gulls and the footsteps of a passer by.”