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Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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I've been clearing out the conservatory after neglecting my art supplies pretty much since we moved in here seven years ago.

One of the things I discovered was that some of my works in progress had been water-damaged.

At first I was upset. One single thing made up for the loss of some precious memories: the discovery above.

Those of you with very long memories might recall that when I first moved to London, almost fifteen years ago now, I started quite a number of art projects. I completed some, others were left hanging after I found a job I could throw myself into wholeheartedly. This is one that I never finished. The plan was to take my little Lomo Supersampler film camera up and down every street in central London (using the A-Z to track where I took the photos), and select small but significant landmarks to represent a section of the grid on the OS map. I picked things that weren't obvious or permanent, like the Natural History Museum, but rather a piece of graffiti or a pub sign, something more ephemeral.

The water damage virtually erased some of the original photos. Others are intact. The effect is much more interesting than when all of them were identifiable.

I still have quite a few prints for other sections that I could use to fill in the blanks, carefully filed away in a small plastic storage tub. I'm now torn over whether to do this. Do I use them? Do I take another set of photos fifteen years later, fill it in, and stash it away in the attic, badly wrapped, for another seven years? Or do I leave it alone?

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[User Picture]From: rock_dinosaur
2019-07-09 20:27 (UTC)
If it was me, I would go back and re-photograph the water-damaged locations. I'm always re-doing projects that I've already done - sometimes several times over - such as going through all my negatives and jpg files and re-editing and re-posting them, as I'm doing at the moment. I'm pretty sure most folk wouldn't have the patience, or idiocy as they might call it!

I don't suppose you might still have the original negatives? As another indication of my OCDness, I've kept all my photographic negatives from 1981 to 2007, when I last used film.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2019-07-09 20:43 (UTC)
I like that idea very much. I want to do a mixed-up version now where each strip is alternating 2004 and 2019.

I also want to start a Birmingham version and then stick that in the attic for a while.

I do still have the negatives! I even labelled all of them (thank GOODNESS). Although I can't say the same of my other film collections, unlike you - I wish I'd been more organised.
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[User Picture]From: rock_dinosaur
2019-07-09 20:50 (UTC)
I meant to add that before I looked closely at your image, I thought the water-damaged bits looked like geo-scanned images of what's below the surface, like they do on Time Team. How do they do it? Ultrasonic imaging or something. It looks a bit like a patchwork of x-ray images.
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[User Picture]From: meathiel
2019-07-10 05:19 (UTC)
Oooh ... this is cool.
I think I'd do a new version and keep this for comparison.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2019-07-10 21:18 (UTC)
Thank you! Yes, I think that's right.
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[User Picture]From: alice_mccoy
2019-07-10 13:24 (UTC)
Love it.

Move on to a new project, this one is complete. In fifteen years London might be flooded and water damaged.

Just a question - If that is a set of photos glued on a map why is the map ok and only the photos damaged by water?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2019-07-10 21:25 (UTC)
Thanks, that seems to be the consensus. I mean not about London. Although given the total lack of prompt action being taken to mitigate the effects of climate change, that might be as well.

You're right that the map did better than the photos. I bought it at Stanfords (the London map shop) and I guess the paper was reasonably high quality. I don't think it ever got soaking wet, but it probably stayed damp for the entire winter - seven winters.
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