Anna Posafalvi captures the feeling really well in her photograph. She says “Being alone in the face of the chilling water, the strong waves, and the forces of nature, you are constantly reminded that this is not completely right; that we are social creatures”. But, at the same time, “being alone is sometimes so beautiful and soothing”.
The beach, and especially the deserted island, is perhaps the ultimate symbol of human isolation. From Desert Island Discs to Castaway the challenge is about more than survival in the wild - it's about coping with being alone.
The beach plays a vital role in the iconic story of Robinson Crusoe.