Really excited by a new project. As some of you may know I have recently released some of my images with Creative Commons Licences. This allows people to share them for personal use. With some of my political work I want to get the images seen by as wide an audience as possible. Next month I have three exhibitions celebrating the end of the 1984 Miners Strike. I am going to experiment with a way of letting people download the images onto their phones, as they view them….. the beauty is that it doesn’t even use an Internet connection. You can use it anywhere, even in the middle of a field and costs less than £30 to set up. The exhibitions are in Leek at the Foxlowe Arts Centre, in Arras in northern France and at the Upton Community Protection Anti Fracking Camp. I will be posting technical details, so other artists can do the same. Watch this space!
One of the things I try to instil in students, is the importance of backing up images. Pictures you take today, could become an important archive for the future. Nothing illustrates this better than the story of my good friend, Daniel Meadows. In 1973/74 shortly after leaving Polytechnic, he travelled the country in a converted bus, documenting ‘British’ life. The full story can be found on his website http://www.photobus.co.uk/
Daniel has recently moved his archive to the Library of Birmingham. Here is his post from Facebook: ‘Today art movers came and took my entire documentary archive to the Library of Birmingham. Thousands of photographs, rolls of film and contact sheets, posters, magazines, books, receipts, newsletters, correspondence, notebooks, audio and video tapes, 16mm footage and digital stories together with many contextualising documents and a shoebox full of data discs. All in 209 boxes. The work of a lifetime’.
Whilst it must be strange seeing your life’s work being taken away in boxes, it is equally important that a body of work as important as this, is kept together and made publicly available. To mark the 40th anniversary of the start of his ‘Bus’ project, he has recently released the first in a series of short videos. They give us an important insight into both his approach as a photographer and the lives of the people he photographed. The first can be seen here: