Large print photography exhibit with editorial sub-images describing the story.
Approximately one hundred abandoned 35mm film slides were discovered in a ghost town 10 hours north of Vancouver. The slides appear to be from a European vacation, sometime in the 60’s or 70’s. Time and exposure to the elements has altered and distorted the images in wonderfully strange ways.
The images are most stunning when printed very large. One can lose track of time, trying to put the layers back together or studying the transition from reality to surrealism and back.
Perhaps 10 or 12 images as the final number to display. Because of the large amount of slides and the diversity of aberration, a few different themes are possible. Most images are of architecture, with fewer of people and the very rare landscape. Some are distorted beyond recognition.
There is more work to be done in regards to curating the images into a cohesive theme.
Next to each of the large slide images (see below) will be a much smaller editorial image.
This is the road to the abandoned ghost town called Lamming Mills which was inhabited from the 1920’s till around 1969, with various drifters staying on and off since then.
The slides were found near this house
The forest is reclaiming this old ghost town
This is what the discovery looked like. It’s hard to say how long they were left out in the abandoned house. The writing on the slides is in French, and some of the locations in the slides appear to be of Paris.
Here are the scans
There’s more, from lightly distorted to unrecognizable swirls of colour. I’m still going through them to determine which theme seems most compelling.
- Find curator who aligns with and can help bring out the best of this concept.
- The final printing method is still being researched. The images feel like they want to be printed on cibachrome, or some similar modern equivalent perhaps Fujiflex.
- There has been some experimentation done with the scanning technique. The images you see here were done with a sophisticated camera utilizing a highly random color filter sensor arrangment, which is much more film-like in reproduction.