Monthly archives of “April 2015

Slides and a paper maquette


GF Smith paper sample


Contents of box 

I took the slide archive of Edward Rigg as I wanted to capture it from various angles, there was something so beautiful about the rows of slides so carefully filed in date order: it was a reminder of the precious value that photographic records had in times past.

The physical nature of the early slides was special as they were in card rather than plastic mounts: the card was thick, with a core that was darker and some of them appeared to be

almost corrugated; there was a variation in shade between different manufacturers; there were subtle changes in colour between the rows and even within the tabbed sections; the tabs were of cream card carefully numbered that seemed to both merge into the scene but also act as flags within it.

The boxes created a beautiful colour story. I wanted to represent this sense of the different layers that seemed to flicker between the shades of white and cream and I recalled GF Smith’s paper sample book: this had a system of binding that kept paper perfectly flat but also a randomness that demanded you took notice of the substrates.


I set about creating a quick maquette using prints on layout paper of the slide archive photographs and various other random papers, using the numbering system from the front of the archive box to make a cover page. It felt good to start creating some physical output at last.


Getting started MS

The first find

The first find

The most difficult part of any project has to be committing something in writing for the first time. It isn’t the getting involved, investigating and testing processes and ideas that holds you up, but the documentation: how do you make sense of what you are doing to others. My involvement with this project started some time ago, in July 2011: a skip find raised our curiosity and we discovered a fascinating narrative. At the time my own research project into the artifacts created by others from ‘ticking’ prevented any further investigation, but the story has been there, at the back of my mind, a ghostly shadow waiting for the light to reveal it’s secrets. And now there are other fragments gathered for us to investigate, and other people to share the discoveries with. It’s with great excitement that I shall delve into each little pot to play with the visual and narrative elements and see what emerges.