What does the beach really mean to you?

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Ice-creams on the pier, building sandcastles or where you work, the beach means different things to different people and last week manonabeach visited those in Stonehaven and the surrounding area to find out - what does the beach mean to you?

At Stonehaven, manonabeach spoke to three people who were on the beach that day about what it meant to them.

In the video, which is now avalable on the manonabeach website, one said that she thought the beach was “lovely” and for her it meant peace, she also described the way that it was ever changing and said everytime she visited it is different - it could be ‘‘calm or wild and wonderful.’’

Another said how she loved visiting the beach and was “very very fortunate” to live near it.

The final woman interviewed at Stonehaven said to her the beach meant family memories - old memories and creating new ones.

While visiting the North-east, manonabeach visited a number of beaches including St Cyrus and Lunan Bay.

The manonabeach described his time in the area as lovely, and said everyone he met had been very helpful.

Stonehaven beach and the surrounding area is the latest stop for manonabeach who, for the last 18 months, been visiting beaches across the country asking people to tell him what they mean to them.

ELEMENTAL

The project celebrates the elemental power of the beach and its profound effect on those people who enjoy being where the air, land and sea meet.

In the narratives at manonabeach.com, you’ll see and hear people re-present their emotions, perceptions and recollections, all drawn out by the enhancing effect of the beach. manonabeach is a construct, a passive Everyman, whose role is to bring these qualitative findings directly to you, for you to draw whatever conclusions you want from them.

With manonabeach, you can enjoy regular glimpses of beaches and beachgoers, wherever you are, via beach films, photographs and answers to the question “What does the beach mean to you…?”

Although manonabeach can be enjoyed as a straightforward pick-me-up, all responses are logged and disseminated through graphs on the website, the three most common answers being Childhood, Beauty and Family.

The project has academic links to the European Centre for Environment and Human Health (ECEHH) and the Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI).

It is currently exploring academic associations with the University of Stirling.

The project has attracted more than 100,000 hits to the website in the last year. To see the films that have been made and to learn more about manonabeach visit www.manonabeach.com