A Sense of Someplace began during my Visual Artist residency with NHS Forth Valley Hospital in 2013. An aspect of my residency was collaborative, creative discussions with a group of mental health service users began in 2012. The outcome was a series of photomontages created by using found and anonymous 35mm slides, physically taking them apart and putting pairs together in a slide mount to view what narrative revealed itself. The images produced are an impressive body of photographic work that is evocative, nostalgic and powerful. We wanted to realise the work beyond our small group and see it in people’s hands. The result was the publication, ‘A Sense of Someplace’.
My residency ended in October 2013. I continue to collect anonymous 35mm slides and make these photomontages. They are a fascinating look at the past. But even more fascinating is how crossing these singular and real ‘stories’ can reveal very cinematic and unreal images.
Lindsay Perth is based in Edinburgh, Scotland.