Charlie Macleod-Adams Link ‘state of decay’ loss of St Peter’s Seminary

IMAGE: Interior sketches of st peters seminary, chapel and main hall, in the present day.
IMAGE: Left : Pillars on the grown floor rising from a water logged surface. Right : Top floor exterior balcony.
IMAGE: An exterior comparison of St Peters 1960s - present day, present day pictures are part of my own collection.
IMAGE: An interior comparison 1960s - present
IMAGE: Model seminary with 60s projected images through acetate - chapel projection.
IMAGE: Projection of staircase from original 60s interior.
IMAGE: Staircase taken from a different angle so as to show perspective.
IMAGE: Process of projecting the images via acetate.
IMAGE: using the shadows created via the model to create the illusion of the building encapsulating the image.
IMAGE: Using acetate and close ups of the model to show how light passing through the acetate can represent the water logged sections of the building.

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.

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