Project Great Depression 1912-13
is a documentary photography project where in wet plate technique I’m documenting state of a bankrupt companies with an emphasize on things that people left behind after they have been working there for decades.
Why the title Great Depression 1912-13
? My aim is to make a picture series that would look old, ancient, as a document of an event that happened long, long time ago. I want that viewers will get the feeling that this sort of events happened like hundred years ago and since then society has learned the lesson and this sort of things can not happen to us, to a modern man in 21st Century.
The old bellow camera and wet plate technique is perfect to embed in pictures emotional detachment from the event. Of course in my picture series Great Recession 1912-13
I’m not hiding that this pictures are contemporary, just the opposite. I’m emphasizing the tension between the title and aesthetic elements on one side and documentary features on the other side.I started the project in company Novoles
that is about 500 meters from where I grew up. For me it’s important to start small, local and now I want to go to photograph larger stories. I have a wish list of international companies that I want to photograph, like the airport of Ciudad Real
in Spain and of course Kodak company
in Rochester, NY.
More about my work on my site: www.borutpeterlin.com