The journey to the Old Hamsey Church is one of intrigue, one which allows visitors to wonder what awaits them at their destination.
After researching the surrounding area. I discovered Lee Miller had previously lived in the local area. Further researching her work, I was able to discover it was in fact that she and Man Ray discovered and helped establish the darkroom Solarisation technique. This photographic effect results in a partial reversal of tones, creating, in the works of Lee Miller and Man Ray soft pale figures with a dark outline where the highlights once were.
This led me to further research the local area, discovering a hub of photographers based in Lewes, a town located near the site, which helped direct my work towards photography.
I proposed to design a space for both professional and amateur photographers alike to visit and have space to freely work and experiment in the realm of photography.
The space will mimic the church, predominantly open in the summer to encourage locals and visitors to attend exhibitions held in the space. The rest of the calendar year the space is open to creatives, although the building can hibernate when not in use.
I intend to further research the solarisation method in order to effectively translate it back into my work.