Ubique [oo-bee-kwe] – by Isabel Trott (2)

“Archives exists in the present, yet their endless “waiting without forgetting” locates them in the past.” Ubique [oo-bee-kwe] brings together eight dynamic graduating photographers from UCA Rochester in collaboration with REMLA (Royal Engineers Museum Library and Archive). In response to the archive the diverse photographers created individual works which shed new light on the historical material.

Follow the work of the students through their blog posts, and through a springtime exhibition.

Isabel Trott, Part 2:

Friday 29th September 2017

Going into the second week of the project after having a discussion with the client on the previous Thursday there was plenty of things that I needed to try and explore further through research and experimentation in order to push the project forward and to develop my initial proposal.

At the end of last week I did a photo shoot, both test shoots and a final shoot, so that I could begin experimentation. Danielle helped guide me towards the albums which had been catalogued as poorly conditioned. This was a great start to the unit as I was able to go through the list and pick out which albums sounded interested without judging what they initially looked liked, just going on the description I was given.  The test shots allowed me to gage which albums and certain types of imagery would come out best and which settings/ other pieces of equipment I would need to work with. On reflection of the test shoots I was then able to commit to doing the final shoot and produce a contact sheet.

During this week I begun experimenting with the images to explore the type of paper I should be thinking of printing onto as well as the colouration of the images themselves. Both of these different areas would affect how the images are read during the exhibition. From doing this I found that the fine art archive paper shown fits the vision and textual quality of what I had in mind compared the satin gloss. When it comes to the colouring I felt that the original appearance or a light sepia tone would work better with the image. I just need to consider if the sepia could potentially take away some of the detail of the images. Also during the week I began to experiment with the idea of layering imagery, however on reflection I felt that would have been too much and also too literal for the work.

A meeting was held on Thursday to discuss progress, experimentation so far and how to move forward. This meeting proved useful as it helped to back up everything that I was initially thinking while doing my current experimentation. The outcome from this in order to move forward is to consider the size (will some images suit being larger or smaller than others?); shape (do they all need to be all rectangular or can they be different?) and placement (how are they going to look when in exhibition?) of the photographs. All of these different elements will result in how the images and overall project is read/ viewed.

The meeting also resulted in me rethinking part of my proposal about writing a piece of text to go alongside the work. I really like the idea of the work being able to speak for itself as it will enable to viewer to interact with the piece as they decide what its really about: a beautiful and fragile mystery of the Royal Engineers albums.