Cuming cites the work of Martin Parr, Ulrich Seidl – particularly his film Paradise Love – as well as a personal trip to an all-inclusive resort in Cuba as the starting points to this collection. He finds that there is an innate sadness in the subject matter of holidaymakers, combined with varying levels of humour and irony. There is also a sense of loss, of being unfulfilled, that one can experience in unfamiliar places that is also present in the works that inspire him.
The application of colour and print looks to reflect the emotional state presented in the works that inspire the collection. Bright, sometimes garish, colours and prints have been muted and bleached. They are juxtaposed with whites and strange browns, making the collection’s palette ever so slightly not quite right. But, this intentional incongruity is exactly what Cuming was hoping to achieve.