Days of 49 Revisited.
Ideas Fund Innovators (2012)
Days of 49 Revisited is an attempt to explore how contemporary technology may be used to re-imagine new relationships between space, time and cultural identity. By visually introducing these photographic memories into the physical landscape of the present, I am able to visually simulate and momentarily recreate these forgotten places.
Commissioned by IdeasTap the concept for this was inspired by my living environment in the North West of England (Salford in particular). Close to where I live there were roads of houses that are derelict and due to be knocked down. For this work I was interested in the forgotten history of these places and was keen to do some further research on the area by collecting photographs from local residents and projecting these images back into the original locations they were taken. Hopefully reflecting on times gone by and involving the community to trace their history of the place they belong to.
“The Photograph is an extended, loaded evidence — as if it caricatured not the figure of what it represents (quite the converse) but its very existence […] The Photograph then becomes a bizarre medium, a new form of hallucination: false on the level of perception, true on the level of time: a temporal hallucination, so to speak, a modest shared hallucination (on the one hand ‘it is not there,’ on the other ‘but it has indeed been’): a mad image, chafed by reality.”
― Roland Barthes, Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography