Make your Mark on 1947

2020

Unique Monochrome Prints,
Kodak Bromide Paper which expired in 1947, Processed in 2020, 3.5 x 5.5"

Scans from an installation piece

This project was an installation at the Leave Only Traces exhibition at Copeland Gallery, 2020. The installation was with 2 unprocessed photographic prints that sat atop a plinth with a homemade developing solution next to it. The audience was then encouraged to dampen their hands before interacting with the prints. As they did, the residue of the solution developed where ever they touched the print.

The prints were recording how the audience interacted with the prints, some treated them delicately and some found it to be like a game. After the installation, the prints were then washed and fixed. The objective was to make the process of interaction with prints visible, while bring past and current together.

Bar Mats

2018 - 2019

Unique Monochrome Prints,
Expired Ilford Multigrade RC Paper, 8 x 10"

Small Installation and Scans

Bar Mats was my first experimental project which sought to reject the imitative nature of the photographic print. Frustrated at the limitations of the photograph to capture experience instead of just depicting it, I began to explore the world of camera less photography.

The subject of this project was the UK's pub culture. Instead of taking snapshots of myself and others in a pub, sought to see if I could capture, on paper, the experience of tipsiness. To do this, I replaced the bar mats with sheets of monochromatic darkroom paper and let them expose for the duration of my shift; anywhere from 6 - 12 hours. On the bar top, the prints would react with all the different alcohols, cleaning chemicals, food and people. Sometimes, I would also line pub tables with these papers when out with friends.

Trying to make the prints permanent by normal means, the images disappeared. This meant that the prints would continue to soak in light until they returned to nothing. The only way to 'fix' the prints was to scan them but by doing so, it was speeding up the destruction of the print.

Each exhibition required new work. The lighting determined how long the prints last. Sometimes they were displayed in dim light areas and other times well lit. I aimed to have the prints last from the beginning until the end of the exhibition - each time the audience looked at the work, it would be different. It was fascinating to watch people interact with the prints, instead of immersing themselves in the work, they would take photo with a flash which would accelerate the prints demise. I found it to be an interesting cyclical process. The camera inhibits the experience by merely regurgitating the surface of the print, which will never be seen again.

Bar Mats
2019

Set of 9 Unique Monochrome Prints,
Expired Ilford Multigrade RC Paper, 8 x 10"

Small Installation view, 2 days since initial installation

Bar Mats
2018 - 2019

Unique Monochrome Prints,
Expired Ilford Multigrade RC Paper, 8 x 10"

Selected Scans of Original Prints

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