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Sleeping pensioners, Norfolk beach

An elderly couple sit in the shelter of a wooden groyne on a beach near Hunstanton, Norfolk, England, and snooze soundly. First published The Sunday Times Date: 1988

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1988 Crashed Dunn Eighties Enjoying Forty Hunstanton Norfolk Pensioners Philip Relaxation Retired Retirement Sleep Sleeping Snooze Snoozing Winks Breakwaters


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In this evocative photograph, taken by acclaimed British photographer Philip Dunn in 1988, an elderly couple finds tranquility and relaxation on the shores of Hunstanton, Norfolk, England. The image captures a moment of peaceful repose as the pair, both in their forties, sit side by side in the shelter of a weathered wooden groyne, their eyes closed and their bodies at ease. The gentle crash of the waves against the breakwaters provides a soothing soundtrack to their snooze, as they enjoy a well-deserved break from the rigors of daily life. The scene is a poignant reminder of the simple pleasures that retirement can bring, as the couple revels in the beauty of the natural world around them. The soft sand and the rolling surf serve as a backdrop to their contentment, a testament to the enduring allure of the coast and the restorative power of nature. The photograph, first published in The Sunday Times in 1988, is a timeless snapshot of a bygone era, a moment frozen in time that continues to resonate with viewers decades later. Philip Dunn's masterful composition and use of light and shadow create a sense of intimacy and introspection, inviting the viewer to contemplate the joys of aging and the importance of finding solace and relaxation in the world around us. The image is a poignant reminder of the simple pleasures that can be found in the most unexpected places, and the enduring allure of the sea and sand. This photograph is a beautiful and evocative reminder of the simple pleasures of retirement and the enduring allure of the coast. The elderly couple, lost in their peaceful slumber, invite us to take a moment to appreciate the beauty of the natural world and the simple joys of life. The photograph is a testament to the power of photography to capture a moment in time and transport us to another place and another era.

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