This post is dedicated to Lisa…a longtime muse, source of encouragement and dear friend.
Lisa posted a link to an article on Jane Long‘s ‘Dancing with Costică’ series…with ‘The Juggling Act’ being a favourite of mine. In this series Jane adds a new dimension to historic images by Romanian photographer Costică Acsinte and is generous with sharing her process. Jane owes a debt to photographer Cezar Popescu who has been painstakingly restoring and digitising over 6000 glass plates and prints taken by Costică Acsinte during his long standing career.
I am similarly grateful for the wonderful photographic collection, preserved by the Burra History Group and Burra branch – National Trust, which resides and is accessible at the Burra Town Hall. I have two pieces, currently showing at Burra Regional Art Gallery during SALA Festival, which draw on this collection.
I have a spot in my yard from which I take many photos of the ever changing Burra vista.
Allan is a friend of mine with a passion for genealogy and vintage goodness, with a large collection of clocks…I took this in the available light, late one night when the ticking would not yet let me sleep. It was just the image I needed.
‘It is photography itself that creates the illusion of innocence. Its ironies of frozen narrative lend to its subjects an apparent unawareness that they will change or die. It is the future they are innocent of. Fifty years on we look at them with the godly knowledge of how they turned out after all – who they married, the date of their death – with no thought for who will one day be holding photographs of us.’
Ian McEwan, Black Dogs : pg 37
Five years ago Putu had framed this small item of clothing, worn by Francis as a toddler. Recently he pulled apart the frame and revealed the long term uv result…so beautiful and unexpected.
It is not uncommon to find broken china when walking around Burra. Discarded as refuse and now my treasured collection of fragments.
Slices of history waiting for the right project…in the meantime a valuable source of inspiration.