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Bēhance

  • You Are Here
    Major Project
    Part 1/3 – Research Photographs
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    This project, entitled You Are Here, represents seven months of collaborative work during my final year at university, and is inspired by Traquair House. Traquair is Scotland's oldest inhabited house, dating back to pre-1107, and is a remarkable living archive of history, art and culture throughout the ages.
     
    I worked with author Janice Galloway to produce a series of 11 mixed-media, mixed-format posters on each century of the house's existence. Janice wrote poetry inspired by the overarching themes and events in each century from 1100 to the present day, which I then played with and interpreted as posters.
     
    This part of the project – the first three – shows some of the research photographs I took while on a specially arranged trip to the house. It was opened on a November morning when it's usually closed to the public, and I was permitted to photograph the interior as well as the exterior to build up a visual archive of the artefacts and architecture. I created two hand-stitched, French-folded books of the photographs I took, which form part of an exhibition of the full project.
     
     
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    Many thanks to Catherine Maxwell Stuart (21st Lady of Traquair) who gave me permission to visit, to Sarah McDonald who organised it, and to Helen Mitchelson
    the housekeeper.