2016 - The year of 'Partition'
Good evening everyone,
I hope you've had a wonderful Christmas and New Year. I was hoping to get this post up over the festive period however the day job kept interrupting things - has a bad habit of doing that! Not to worry.
The reason for this post is probably hinted at within the title - its basically some text to give you an update on the status of the project.
Firstly, the photographs. I am on course with the timeline that I had in mind in the infant stages of the project. The work is 65% complete and will be finished by the summer of this year. In truth, there are 4 photographs at two locations that I would like to complete again however I have factored these in to fresh locations. The reason for these are down to user error (i.e. me!) however I knew this near the time and will be comfortably covered in upcoming trips. The successful work has all been drum scanned, with exceptional results gained. This was the initial batch and its fair to say that the work has increased in quality since.
My most recent trip covered some of the strongest work so far and I am very excited about what I hope is within the rolls of film. As ever, only when I have the film in my hands will I be satisfied that I have managed to do the scene justice. The next trip will occur in the next 8 weeks too.
The exhibition has now been booked and will be held within the Ulster Hall in Belfast for the entirety of December 2016. The opening days of the exhibition will also contain a presentation by myself along with workers within the community and interface projects. Academics will also be invited to engage with this side of things too. The remaining images from the exhibition will be given to a Belfast based peace consultancy service that have been supportive of the project throughout. It is hoped that the images can remain within the community to support and highlight the positive steps that have been made within Belfast but also to encourage further effort.
In the short term, details regarding the book will be decided - I hope to announce the plan with that after my next trip. I'll also have a little taster of the the most recent work. Overall, the project is well on-course with the schedule initially set. The excitement and commitment within myself to make the project succeed has only increased as the project continues.
As promised, here is a new piece of work from the project:
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