THE RETURN OF THE NATIVE

THE RETURN OF THE NATIVE

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These images are printed on heavy 315gsm etching paper. 
They are a limited edition of 99.
Signed and numbered by the artist.

This is one of my first memories brought to life. They’re gone forever now, the giant, heavy ships built with a billion rivets and stuffed with the posh pamperatti of the day, ploughing the Atlantic between the wars. 
Cruise liners today aren’t the same; they aren’t built to take a sea; the Queens and the Normandie were over-specified in every way; they were solid sea-going hotels where half the crew would labour by firelight below the waterline to keep those huge propellers churning at full speed through three thousand miles of deep water.


I think somewhere on board, lighting a cigarette with  the last black coffee of the day cooling on the teak rail, squinting at the shore, is a very famous Hollywood actor, coming back after an absence so long he feels apprehensive and tense, not only from too many piano bar martinis, but at the thought of setting foot ashore in England once again, the place of his birth.