Last night we were really thrilled to be featured on STV’s late Bulletin alongside Glasgow Open House co-director Phoebe Barnicoat. STV journalist Allison McCallum joined us on a shoot with allotment users in Dennistoun in the glorious sunshine last weekend. She interviewed Paula as well as some of the residents to hear their thoughts about community, washing and Dennistoun. She created a really beautiful piece which includes several images from the project. I was invited to the studio to talk to Lucy Whyte about the logistical and creative aspects of the project. With only one week to go before the exhibition, I feel I could talk for an hour, but the final images will do all the talking for me.
You can watch the full Bulletin here, though apologies to visitors from the future as the link may have a limited life span.
Pretty much this, my local launderette, the source of inspiration that sparked the entire project. I must have walked past it a hundred times, but I’d never been in. Partly because I’m too lazy to do my washing anywhere other than in the comfort of my own home, even though I crave the fluffiness that only a tumble dryer can provide.
For some reason it caught my eye one day a few months ago and got me thinking about how communities function. Everything is becoming much more insular, something that I don’t feel too comfortable with, I decided not to have a smart phone as an act of rebellion! I love meeting people and having conversations. It got me thinking that Dennistoun must be full of rich stories that I have never heard, but that inevitably make up the fabric of where I live.
These ideas are always formed in the shower. So, one morning during a very long, prune finger inducing one I came up with the project, to use washing lines as a way to engage with the community and hear as many stories as I could. But, I needed a photographer, and Eoin loved the idea. Through his artistic vision and passion for colour, I knew he could bring the project to life in a way that I couldn’t even yet imagine.
So here we are! 2 weeks to go and many more people to meet. A few very exciting shoots this week, anecdotes of which we’ll be sharing with you.
You can also keep up to date with us on Twitter @PaulaCreateStir // @eoin_carey and use the hashtag #washinglinesdennistoun to share your anecdotes with us. Funny photos of your washing would go down a treat!
The launch will take place on May 2nd// Whitehill Laundrette// All welcome.
Colour is one of the main building blocks on which my relationship to photography is based. It amazes me all the time because it can be found everywhere. It is inherent. Symbolic in its own way on many levels but fundamentally for me, colour always signposts me to people. Wherever the human species passes, we leave a trail of colour in our wake. Not always in a good way, but more often than not, in a surprising way.
In the last few weeks walking the drives and closes of Dennistoun, I have seen colour in more unexpected ways. In the forefront of my mind over the last while are questions of Dennistoun’s identity. On the surface I have been fascinated by the image of a changed landscape. There is visible disfunction in the area’s graffiti, litter and disused spaces. On a rainy day, Dennistoun can look grey. But look a little closer and there are signs that life is stable and vibrant. The little surprises of colour are all around and give a more profound flavour of the area than a birds eye view. But like all good things, you have to slow down to notice them.
Welcome to Washing Lines! We are creating a photography project with a community at its heart. We will be working over the next 2 months to produce portraits with Dennistoun residents that will form part of a bigger commentary about this special area of Glasgow. This project is all about our stories, our community and our washing. The final body of work will be exhibited as part of Glasgow Open House in a local laundrette in Dennistoun from May 1st.
This blog will be our diary or activity over the coming weeks in the run up to the final exhibition at Whitehill Laundrette. We are looking forward to meeting so many people and learning their stories and finding a way to tell them through photographs.
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