Past and Present
One of last years assignments ‘Audience and the Community’ gave us the opportunity to start going out and working beyond our boundaries and with people we don’t know, building relationships and forming our own projects.
My work focused on Devonport Park in Plymouth and took on the style of re-photography. It was a study looking at the contrast of heritage and development of this location, working with members of the community to help further shape and develop my initial ideas.
The intention of the work is to provoke questions about the spaces shown and their interaction with history and memory. At first it felt like a very specific study of one particular place but I feel that its message can stretch further beyond the boundaries of Devonport Park and translate to our own histories.
As they are revisited, it redefines the spaces and creates an interesting juxtaposition of what someone once knew of this space many years ago to have it is perceived to a present viewer. Each individual can find a different layer of narrative within the composition whether it be on a personal level or a direct link to particular cultural memories that expand out of the frame.
It has taken me back to a quote I found whilst researching at the initial stages of the project. Sourced from the website of photographer Kurt Tong.
It stated that memories are like jpegs, broken down into smaller pieces and stored away.
For future generations these older images and re-photography as a whole serve as little fragments of that larger personal and cultural memory puzzle that always has pieces missing and faded over time, but if you squint you can still just about make up the whole picture.
‘Past’ images sourced from:
Devonport Online administrator Liz Cook.
Plymouth City Council courtesy of Chris Coldwell.
Many thanks for their cooperation and help. Also Devonport campaigner Eric Johns for his fantastic knowledge and insight.
Devonport online is a fantastic resource for all information on the area. Definitely worth a look so please check it out…..
Images and content 2012©Jennifer-Anne Photography.