Friday, February 21, 2014

Winter Industrial Project Update

Winter near Maritime Steel, New Glasgow, NS, 2014

It's cold. The days are the shortest of the year and it's been a rough winter in Nova Scotia. Occasionally, winter surprises me—as above—with something delightfully beautiful and otherworldly. Though Liz and I have completed the photography portion of our project, I still can't keep away from returning to some of the same sites.

Keeping warm indoors, we've spent the past few months painstakingly editing the 2300 frames down to a manageable number. It's a hard task, rejecting images you were once very excited about in favour of others that "fit" the series better, but a necessary one. In this digital-based era, it's important to note that working with tactile prints in the final editing stages was a huge benefit, and I have to say, our proofs from Atlantic Photo looked really good!

These final images, along with artifacts and other influences from the sites went on to inspire Liz's jewellery designs, which are now well underway. In production right now there are nine different pieces, each referencing a different aspect of industry: coal, iron, steel, slag, textiles, gold, etc. There is plenty of work left to do, but the designs are looking very compelling.

In other big news, we've lined up an exhibition at the Museum of Industry in Stellarton, Nova Scotia! Their gallery space is big enough to accommodate a number of large photographs and jewellery pieces and we couldn't think of a better fit, thematically. We've decided to call the exhibition, What Remains, and it will open in October of 2014. More details to come!

Reviewing the proofs; discussing Windsor Salt in Pugwash, NS.
Liz sketching out jewellery designs. 
Allen Crooks, providing feedback on the project.