in Deference – a collaboration of photography, light & projection.

When time has passed and things have changed. Do you remember that feeling of that time, place, person or feeling or do we
move on? 


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“No matter how much time passes, no matter what takes place in the interim, there are some things we can never assign to oblivion, memories we can never rub away.” 
― Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore
I am currently working on a collaboration with local artist and educator: Jayne Simpson http://jaynesimpson.co.uk/
Using a film of a shrine I had made for a previous project based on memory and remembrance we set about projecting the film into the concrete space, onto walls of the
vast arch above us, in small nooks dripping with stalactites we
wrapped the projection around pillars and plinths and Claire began photographing this amazing space whilst trying to capture those qualities that were not visible, like the damp stench and the diesel and water on the floor. The atmospheric and narrative based images that Claire
captured led the way to further collaborations and individual work whilst retaining the sentiment of our curatorial idea - Jayne Simpson artist.

'One must always maintain one's connection to the past and yet ceaselessly pull away from it'.

Gaston Bachelard - The Poetics of Space


The projections placed into the space of The Boathouse which 
was due to be filled with concrete had such an ambient feeling and clues to a narrative of its former life.

“When I was fifteen, all I wanted was to go off to some other world, a place beyond anybody’s reach. A place beyond the flow of time.”
- But there’s no place like that in this world.
- Exactly. Which is why I’m living here, in this world where things are continually damaged, where the heart is fickle, where time
 flows past without a break.” 
― Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

Our investigations led us to The Regent a former cinema and bingo
 hall in Blackpool town centre.


The Regent - CJGriffiths Photography and Jayne Simpson (15)


A place where dozens of people had passed through shared joy and
 laughter now selling antiques and collectibles on the ground floor
 But above lay a labyrinth of old corridors, staircases and
 balconies with a suggestion of what had gone before. 


In the Spring/Summer we got access to ‘The Regent’ on Church Street Blackpool, now a thriving Antique/Secondhand centre the building had been rescued and given another purpose and gratefully we were 
given access to the upper floors of the building that had once been used as a Theatre but retained some of the original stall and lots of ornate, although crumbling plaster work. We ventured further into the enclosed spaces at the top of the building including the
 original projection room. - Jayne Simpson - Artist.

Following Jayne's residency at Fleetwood Museum and it's recent
 news of loss of funding, I was invited to photograph inside,
investigating its exhibition and space with my camera. I wondered 
how Blackpool Museum could help with their recent good fortune,
 could the exhibits be shared. If Fleetwood Museum was to go, how 
would we remember the rich fishing towns history? https://www.blackpool.gov.uk/Residents/Libraries-arts-and-heritage/Blackpool-Museum.aspx

 As art galleries and museums get closed down. As creativity
 gets removed from education.

  That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is 
the most important of all the lessons of history.
  

To see further work, installation and exhibition.
Jayne Flyer finished
 
'A rather large dossier of literary documentation on the poetry of houses could be studied from the single angle of the lamp that glows in the window'.

Gaston Bachelard - The Poetics of Space

 

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Dance with The Devil.

As I continue my photographers journey – I have the current good fortune to work with Sam Jayne Simpson a unique artist and lover of music and dance. Read on as I introduce you to our current project.

 

Dance Studies by Sam Jayne Simpson.
Dance Studies by Sam Jayne Simpson.
Dance Studies by Sam Jayne Simpson.
Dance Studies by Sam Jayne Simpson.
Dance Studies by Sam Jayne Simpson.
Dance Studies by Sam Jayne Simpson.
Dance Studies by Sam Jayne Simpson.
Dance Studies by Sam Jayne Simpson.
Dance Studies by Sam Jayne Simpson.
Dance Studies by Sam Jayne Simpson.
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I had noticed the Artist around for a long time in Blackpool. I had noticed her getting “lost in music”.
Dance Studies by Sam Jayne Simpson.
Dance Studies by Sam Jayne Simpson.
Dance Studies by Sam Jayne Simpson.
Dance Studies by Sam Jayne Simpson.
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As I lured the Artist under the pier and asked her to stand in the sunshine and yes, you guessed it. Get lost in music.
The Artist naturally dances towards the warmth.
The Italian Steps on Blackpool sea front – a natural place to dance.
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The Artist dances to the sea as the ocean dances back.
Blackpool tower gazes on.
Dancing to my own beat.

Dance with The Devil is a classic house music track circa 1987/88 – that’s a pretty old record now. Do people even call music tracks records now? The reason I ask is because I have been collaborating with a amazing Blackpool based figurative artist: Sam Jayne Simpson https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sam-Simpson-Art/1559607450973781  Phil-Winstons-TheatreWorks/102117523184811.

We are working towards an exhibition in July to showcase some of the images we have created.

Sam’s background is a pure love of music and with her background in Fine Art she combines the two for strong visual pieces demonstrating power, movement and the human form.

I discussed with Sam how her images tap into her psyche, what is she communicating to us? I sometimes think that dance, music, art, theatre, film and I am going to throw in skateboarding too can be compared to Zen like experiences – you know? Being lost in the moment – that is when we discover our true self.

Finding Myself Part One

My friend – a photographic onsessibe

jillreidy

Amongst other things, I am a collector, a hoarder, a messy person.  A very, very, very messy person.  I know this because my husband tells me regularly, whilst he’s following me around, picking up shoes, underwear, banana skins, orange peel, dirty cups, scraps of paper, lids off pens……I know this but I never really think about it.

I’m an artist and a photographer, so I notice things all the time: the way the light falls, the colour of a shirt or a fence panel, a handsome profile, the shadow made by a chair leg. Details, so many details.  When I’m out, cameras banging against my body, finger poised over the shutter, my eyes are constantly flickering from side to side, finding the unusual, the odd angle, the strange activity.  Indoors, I notice the way the shadows fall, how the sunset reflects on my wooden desk, my grandson’s mouth as he tells me a…

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Hello World!!

Photography Queens Park, Layton Blackpool.

garden x 020

Yes – I like that tag line. Hello World!! Brand new blog here to start my own reach out of my photography, thoughts and other whims.

One of my initial ambitions was to be an author but oh how I love Photography and gardening (I can be found in my potting shed, should I not have a lens glued to my face).

I want to use this blog to showcase photography that does not quite sit with my events and documentary photography. I am originally from a Fine Art background and use photography to tell stories about people, passion and life. Follow me and my recommendations as I attempt to spin you a yarn and tell you a tale through words, pictures, dance, music and theatre.

Dreams and laughter, a sense of humor are important in life – and so I keep having to tell myself. Have we disconnected with ourselves as we become more and more obsessed with possession of things in modern suburban life? Do we become products of our surroundings – what do you aspire to? Recently I photographed Queens Park Layton, Blackpool as the new development goes up and the sky rises are scheduled to come down.

I hope the photographs tell their own story.

 

Queens Park, Blackpool.

How did it feel to leave here for the last time and move just around the corner?
How did it feel to leave here for the last time and move just around the corner?
There is nothing of value on these premises.
There is nothing of value on these premises.
Prior to demolition.
Prior to demolition.
•1947 58% of houses were rented from private landlords. In 1983 11% •475,000 homes were destroyed during WW2 – the post war Labour government accepted it had to build houses .
• 1947 58% of houses were rented from private landlords. In 1983 11%
• 475,000 homes were destroyed during WW2 – the post war Labour government accepted it had to build houses .
•the 1st multi story tower block was built in Harlow New Town •mid 1950s lower building standards introduced by the Conservative government – a subsidy was given to councils for high rise blocks.
• the 1st multi story tower block was built in Harlow New Town
• mid 1950s lower building standards introduced by the Conservative government – a subsidy was given to councils for high rise blocks.
The buildings take on a new sadness with broken windows.
The buildings take on a new sadness with broken windows.

Prior to demolition.
Prior to demolition.
Wishes and dreams grow up from the ground.
Wishes and dreams grow up from the ground.

Queens Park, Blackpool.

No Ball Games. No fun, no joy, no laughter. NO BALL GAMES - So the sign states.
No Ball Games. No fun, no joy, no laughter. NO BALL GAMES – So the sign states.
A New York Skyline? Concrete jungle.
A New York Skyline? Concrete jungle.

Broken record at Queens Park.

Enter continental pre-war modernist architecture, forged in the creative minds of Le Corbusier, Walter Gropius and others, and kept alive in the fertile minds of Britain's young architects, who had been plucked away from their studied enthusiasm for the new modernism to fight a war.
Enter continental pre-war modernist architecture, forged in the creative minds of Le Corbusier, Walter Gropius and others, and kept alive in the fertile minds of Britain’s young architects, who had been plucked away from their studied enthusiasm for the new modernism to fight a war.
Residents passing through new doorways after decades of the same.
Residents passing through new doorways after decades of the same.
Are the shapes of the building beautiful. Initial thoughts on sky rises were as a solution to housing.
Are the shapes of the building beautiful. Initial thoughts on sky rises were as a solution to housing.
Left derelict. daisy's push through. Nature finds a way.
Left derelict. daisy’s push through. Nature finds a way.

Compulsory purchase order.