Pier Closing Time
Commissioned for a photographic exhibition by the Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno, the images were taken in 1979 over two trips, six months apart.
With a working title of "Anatomy of Melancholy'" the original intention was to complete the commission in one winter journey. But by the time the first batch was delivered, a new gallery director had been appointed, who felt the photographs were too downbeat. Expecting heavy local criticism and subsequent funding problems, the director asked Michael to return later the same year for a more "optimistic" view. The exhibition was poorly received and forgotten for 40 years.
In 2019, some Pier Closing Time pictures (below) were selected for a major exhibition at The Turner Contemporary Museum, Margate: "Seaside Photographed". Curated by Val Williams and Karen Shepherdson, it was the museum's first-ever photography show, and is now on a UK tour.