I chose to look at St. Peters seminary as from past experiences the decay and gradual loss of the building are already apparent to me, from an early age the sight of it always amazed me however the sense of abandonment which follows it saddened me.
I chose to project older acetate images of the building onto the model of the present to show the change and contrast over time. The idea that photographs unlock not only our memories but those of others also helped me to bring a more personal mood to the project.
Capturing my images in predominantly black & white was to convey the noir of nostalgic 60’s photography, the decade of which the building was erected. It also helped me create an eerie atmosphere alluding to something that once was, the was helped by the ghostly images produced by the acetate.
The reason in which I chose to build the shell of the building partially was to represent that not all the building remains standing and to emphasise that there is still more to lose. The model also helped create various lights and shadows that are similar to the seminary in the present day, with the light appearing to look as if reflected off water from the water logged sections of the building. The shadows created assisted the projected imagery in becoming captured and framed, creating the illusion of the building housing its past interior.
Experience:Being HUMAN 2020/21
Archive:A Private Collection
Links:60s exterior shot 1 - classroom and library60s exterior shot 2 - courtyard60s exterior shot 3 - south west side of the building60s interior shot 1 - staircase60s interior shot 2 - the chapel60s interior shot 3 - refectory