image of the week..lost & found...

With less than a week until the opening of my solo show at gallery One and a half the hunt for a negative began. This is an image I had given up on reclaiming after trawling through boxes of negatives some time ago. It wasn't scanned high res and was a small mission to capture. Veering away from portraiture, I knew, would be a challenge. Always game for a dare, I decided towards the end of last year to embark on a journey to capture the enviroments in which the project took place. I wanted to show the clubs and their sense of history. Many of the naturist resorts in the UK were built in the 1930's and are now maintained with little funding from membership and by those who first established them. Pheonix naturist site in Manchester was my main visit and I knew that spending a weekend there alone would force me to overcome any frustration and boredom I get when attempting to shoot spaces. Through perseverance I battled documenting the site. The pool was my main interest; a green house containing a shallow pond of chlorine rich water. I recall once taking a dip and smiling to myself as my stomach grazed the floor. For hours I frustratingly attempted to portray the strange atmosphere but soon realised that the random architecture and structure were proving too challenging and in fact the smaller details were more interesting and still revealed an insight into the overall feel of the camp's dated decor. Two to browse over as I am insanely delayed on this post...will you join me Thursday to see it in the flesh? http://www.one-and-a-half.com/

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