“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 3:
Friday 6th October 2017
During this week of working for the client, I have continued my experimentation and research which has led to further developments within my work.
I have experimented with the idea of different shapes and how each shape would change the way the image is read and if particular shapes suited my work better than others. From this I found that squares and rectangles would certainly benefit the work more. Not only have I been experimenting with shapes but also sizing. Due to having all the images sized up differently it was easier to compare which images best suited which size as well as which ones worked best alongside each other, especially when trying out for placements in the exhibition space. It was really interesting to see how the size of an image affected the intimacy of the image. From trying the images in the space I felt, along with other peers that I asked, that the smaller the image the more intimate and connected you felt to the work because of to having to get closer to the image physically drawing you into the work. This gives the work an immersive feel.
With the smaller images I am going to try and experiment the idea of a magnifying glass so that the viewer is able to investigate the image and its details. From that idea, I am also going to experiment with the idea of small binoculars. This is because I want to be able to spread the work out across the room, potentially in areas which would be hard to see normally. The viewer is searching for the work.
Due to that experimentation something that is beginning to come out of the work while I have been trying out all these things is the idea of ‘finding and searching’ : the idea of having to look closer at some piece yet distancing yourself from others in order to get the wider picture. The work itself also lends itself to the notion of lost treasures, something hidden away to be found which gives the work a poetic resonance.