I am very precious about film, and when I lose a sheet or a roll due to mishandling or film holders/cameras that die when you need them most, I hold on to it with the thought “I might need that for something one day.”One day finally got organized and I’ve been experimenting recently making latent image light collages.
Sometimes you are in just the right place with a camera and at other times you have your camera and the door of an abandoned house is unlocked.
Cranfield House was was built some time between 1902 & 1913 (the records are murky), and was once the ornate home of William Harris, the founder of W. Harris and Co. that made fertilizers and glues from animal carcasses and the factory was in part “staffed” by inmates of Toronto’s Don Jail. In 1930 the house was sold to the Salvation Army and became Bethany House, a home for pregnant teenagers. In 2013, Cranfield House was designated under the Ontario Heritage Act and is as of writing undergoing modest renovations to be retrofitted for condominium use.
I have been more than a little distracted with papers and books I am trying to finish, mini urbex trips and my work at the improv institute during my “summer break”; but I finally got the Gandhi piece done for my What is Past is Prologue project!
What is Past is Prologue explores a history revisioned and asks: What happens when the images that make sense of our history (and eventually our future), no longer exist?