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OLD PEOPLE DAY CENTRE –WORKING LIVES

Twin Vision collaborated with older people who attended a day centre in Kirkby Knowsley to explore their memories of working life. The project idea was to re-establish the connection between memories, forgotten landscapes juxtaposed against contemporary Britain presented through one of the oldest visual art forms in pinhole photography using a camera obscura . The project saw participants give oral histories relating to their employment history. This audio formed a backdrop to large scale pinhole images which were displayed at St Georges hall Liverpool UK. Participants decided upon significant locations directly related to their working lives and Twin Vision artists then visited the location with large scale pinhole cameras constructed out of wheelie bins. Locations that were chosen had considerably changed from the time when the participants workplace existed with buildings in a lot of cases no longer around and redevelopment reshaping the landscape. The idea was to reclaim these landscapes through story telling. Long exposures were taken and calculated by a series of tests with the cameras as part of the development of the project.

The resulting images were giant paper negatives revealing striking compositions brought to life through audio narratives, which led audience members through life journeys and anecdotal evidence of a time and place not visible but reclaimed by memories.