I’ve been thinking about closing the loop on A1 as part of my rework. As one attempt at this work I shot lace curtains in Lacock Village but couldn’t find a suitable second side to the story. I photographed the lace curtains because Lacock was home to Fox Talbot and some of his iconic images of lace. Now, the tenant villagers rely on lace to supply a shred of privacy from the hordes of tourists with cameras (I count myself in that number too).
Having started to learn darkroom skills I wondered about making photograms of net curtains and about pairing these with the Lacock images. Or perhaps with the lace images that I made at home. So I went to the darkroom with Holly and a bag full of net curtain fabric and made photograms. Then I came home and scanned them. Here are some of the photograms paired with images including the same net fabric, either in situ at Lacock Village or as part of a set constructed in my kitchen.
Obviously there is work to be done here. The images are of differing sizes and differing post processing, I’m still trying to find the best way to scan the photograms. I think the FT connection is diluted when I use images taken at home. I need to go through my archive and find more Lacock images, I definitely have more.
However. I do very much like the presentation of the lace curtain as a flat photogram, the opaqueness compared to the veiled translucency when the curtains are in place. I really like that the curtains match. I like that this work follows straight on from my EYV A5 where I used Polaroids of windows at Lacock Abbey. I think that I have two complementary sides here. Plus I do feel as if I’m closer to closing the loop on the work that I wanted to make originally.
edit – thinking about it, the whole point of the assignment is that it doesn’t have to be authentic, perhaps I could mix the two locations…
edit – I need to consider the best post processing to apply to the scans. Colour, greyscale, or black and white? High or low dots per inch? Inverted or not? Here are some examples.
Returning to this some months later, it became apparent that the true value in this assignment was as a stepping stone to the Shared Intimacy images of photograms of lace underwear in Assignment 5. Indeed if you look at that assignment you can see its lineage all the way back to here. I have therefore decided that there is no value in reworking A1 as such, because it actually is continued into A5.