I’m looking forward to visiting the project area again on Saturday 1st August, to walk around photographing street scenes, front gardens, the houses and views. I think we’ve all been doing more walking lately, as during the national lockdown in April and May it seemed to be our only luxury. A chance to escape the house, get some exercise and have a ‘socially distanced’ chat with a neighbour. Walking and being outdoors in the garden have been helpful activities for many during this time. I’m sure many of the gardens I visited last year are almost unrecognisable now, with flowers in bloom and perhaps edibles growing. One resident has kindly emailed me this photo of her garden, with raised beds full of vegetables.
This will be my last visit to the area before I start creating the final artwork in August. Though I can’t visit homes or even gardens safely at the moment, during my walk around I’m hoping to create some cyanotypes (sun prints) with small samples of flowers, leaves and plants. I mentioned this print process in my last post. This will be a ‘kerbside’ activity (I’ll be mindful of social distancing). I’ll be carrying the equipment necessary and collecting plant cuttings from any residents that give their consent. I’ll also make prints from the leaves of the roadside trees. The photo below shows an example of a cyanotype print. The first ‘before’ image shows a plant cutting on light sensitive paper. The second image shows the final print which is blue in colour. I plan to include a selection of cyanotype prints as part of the final artworks to be displayed in the new community space. Large artworks will be created showcasing the photographs made during this project. I’ll be documenting the creation of these artworks on this blog next month.
I’ll be visiting the project area during 10am – 2pm on Saturday 1st August 2020. If you would like me to photograph any plants in your front garden or donate a small plant clipping to create a cyanotype print, please get in touch via email@example.com