'An Experiment To Measure The Weight Of History' is a new project, exploring themes of heritage and history in relation to our experience of the past through mediated 'preservation', narratives which influence our perceptions of history and what is deemed 'historic', and the ideas and processes which determine how we experience heritage in the 21st century. This part of the project was shot at a Lancashire mill during its partial demolition for conversion to residential use.
The process involves both single and multiple exposures created on Fomapan 35mm black and white film, using a vintage Russian camera. The negatives themselves are then subjected to a process of partly-controlled, partly random distressing and deterioration. The result is a unique representation and an ethereal effect which evokes historical photographic processes and techniques. In our digital age, the use of such methods is itself considered by some to be anachronistic, yet seems entirely appropriate when applied to creating images of subjects which are themselves hundreds of years old.
Each print in this series comes in an edition of 10 (plus 2 artist's proofs). True silver-gelatin prints created on Ilford photographic paper. Sold unmounted/unframed. Please contact me if you wish to discuss mounting and framing options.
Additional images simulated and for illustration purposes only.
Silver Gelatin print on Ilford photo paper