A few new images I made recently, using a new technique.
Using found and anonymous photographic prints, I wanted to focus on the imagery of groups in family and album snaps. Sitting on benches, laughing together, holding that pose for that person with the camera that takes a little too long, and begins to show on the sitters’ strained faces.
And those sitting in the background, unaware of their inclusion into an images that will be seen how many years later by someone they have never met and will never know. And looked at. Is this some kind of personal invasion of space?
The group is our group. Looking at us. We are the photographer.
But, as always, who are they?
What I’ve been working on today.
New work for possible submissions!
Getting out the tools…
In light of the fabulous new darkroom equipment I was kindly given by the guy who helped me hang my exhibition at Honeywood Lodge Museum, I am embarking on a slow but steady road to setting up a darkroom space in the garage. Although on days like this I’m not sure I’ll be happy to be outside…
First point of call, what do I still need and don’t want to buy?!
Patch tool is my new found friend!
Using it all over this old torn photograph that I am retouching up for my partner’s Nan.
It is a photograph of her grandfather, that was torn up by another family member. She pieced it back together with sticky tape and had it scanned and printed again for another copy. The original is now lost, and so I am working from a scan of the re-print she had up on her wall that captured beautifully the garish yellow that the tape had turned. I have stripped it of the colour to work in a back and white cast - much easier to work in in this case! I’m starting to like all the tiny lines my scanner has picked up from this inkjet photograph, but it is sort of a shame that we don’t have the original any longer.
Let’s see how long this will take me.
Prep a go-go
I have got leaflets! I have got prints to sell! I have got a hanging solution for my large mounted pictures! (Which I am dying to see up on a wall!)
And I even have a new website layout undergo. With frames I will be painting tonight, I think this will qualify as a very tiring but very productive Saturday.
Bring on Tuesday!