A Sense of Someplace began during my Visual Artist residency with NHS Forth Valley Hospital, Scotland in 2011. Part of my arts residency was socially engaged and I wanted to use existing photographic material as a starting point for working with narrative. I started to collect anonymous 35mm slides and taking them apart by hand and seeing how I could rework them. As I began to pair them and look at them in the projector, I discovered fantastical scenes and seemingly impossible places. We used this approach for a year making images and made a publication called ‘A Sense of Someplace’.
My residency ended in October 2013. I continue to collect anonymous 35mm slides and make these photomontages. This year after encouragement from people seeing the publication and framed work in my own home I’ve built this website to show the images and sell as limited editions prints.
Everyone sees different stories in these images, and sometimes it takes several views to find out what doesn’t seem ‘quite right’. Some are oddly beguiling and others unsettle but we can’t stop looking. All of them are made from two timelines, two places to make a new story.
Lindsay Perth is based in Edinburgh, Scotland.