My images are created using only one light source, the light from an analogue Leica projector. I project original slides onto a model and physically move the projector around to create shadows and distortions over the curves of the model’s body. I then digitally photograph the image, wrapped around the skin and blurred on the wall behind. My photographs are all a single image, created at the time of exposure.
For the series, Project 1970, I aim to explore the transitions between old and new, analogue and digital, foreground and background, and between generations. The slides I used for this series are from my grandparents’ world trip in 1970. They have a tonal quality that is distinctive of analogue film and some have become desaturated or damaged.
Whilst studying film at university in the early nineties, I was immersed in the transition from analogue cameras and editing equipment to digital. Studying at the time of this technological change meant I was learning both processes within the space of two years. This layered approach shaped my aesthetic and I became interested in the differences between old and new image-making technologies.
I have been intrigued by memory for a long time and to me, memories have more in common with the tangible but fleeting nature of analogue rather than the exact replication of digital. They are often ephemeral, yet there are memories that can be found in an instant when we choose to search for them.
It is the accumulation of these fleeting moments that build a life and what drives me to keep extending Project 1970 is the reimaging of my grandparents’ captured moments. Bringing these moments to life in new ways instils in me a connection with my past and evokes conversations with my Grandma about places around the world we have both visited. I am sure many people can relate to having some old family slides hidden away, connecting them to past generations.