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It has been some time since I have posted but a few weeks weeks back I took some photographs at Tempest Dance Studios, Gilesgate, Durham.

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Gillian, the studios inspirational teacher is retiring in a few weeks time before handing the studios on. These photographs are a documentation of the Studio space between classes.

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The studios are based at the Vane Tempest Community Center Gilesgate. Which started life as a cavalry army barracks.

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Tempest Dance studios are spread over 2 levels, downstairs which is the larger of the 2 spaces and upstairs a smaller and more intimate space used mostly for small pole dancing classes.

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The studios are constantly busy and Durham University’s Aerial Arts society are based there.

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I ‘d like to thank Gillian for allowing me access to document the studios in this way.

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A couple of weeks ago I ordered Paper Stages, a book available through Live Art Development Agency and you can read more about it here on the Paper Stages website:

The book is described as not a book, but ‘a festival’ of performance pieces.

The stipulation when buying a copy of the book is that you should donate or volunteer one hour of time to pay for it and the team encourage the donation to be either creative or community based.

My donation of time resulted in ‘Ghost’, a free, small paper based work which is based around one of the 120 photographs I took at Empty Shop HQ a few months ago in which there appears to be a figure of a man in the center of the photograph looking into the room.

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‘Ghost’  examines the duality between analogue and digital in our lives today, between rational and instinct.


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This photo came back from the developing lab a few weeks ago. I had 3 or 4 images similar to this and can’t work out what has caused the effect.

I took the photo using TLR Haking’s Halina 120 film camera and it was only one roll of film in the batch that I sent to be developed that was affected like this.

This week I’m posting  a poll hoping that somebody might have  some answers about what’s caused the problem. Thanks!

American photographer  Daniel Gordon:

Daniel Gordon screen grab 1Gordon’s photographic practice,  featured in the 2013 video on Art21 site ‘Daniel Gordon Gets Physical’ questions fiction and truth in photography as well as appropriation.

My understanding is that Gordon’s photography can be seen as a metaphor for the lived body in the digital era; the idea that life is no longer lived in linear sequences of understandings but rather as multitude of appropriations.

Daniel Gordon screen grab 2Gordon’s publications include ’31 days’ and ‘Portrait Studio’ and both are available as a downloads.

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