The Enclosed Space

On Board Ship - Sarah Dixon ©

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A collection of images in response to the inaugural PhotoStroud publication ‘The Enclosed Space’.

On a new project I always start with asking Google: What does Google the Inter-mind say?

The Enclosed Space, it turns out, has a a very specific meaning relating to working on ships. A definition from this article by Captain Rajeev Jassel says:

There are four elements, presence of any one will make the space an “enclosed space”

  • Difficult to access
  • Poor or no fixed ventilation
  • Limited space
  • Not designed for continuous occupancy

This article ‘Procedure For Entering An Enclosed Space On A Ship‘  by Mohit Kaushik says:

Because of zero ventilation, these enclosed places generate and store toxic gases which are either produced from chemicals stored in the place or leakage from pipelines. If a person enters such place without taking precaution, he or she may suffer unconsciousness and sometimes even death.

Yet it will be necessary to enter these places on occasion, for cleaning or mending.

The article lists the safety procedures for entering an Enclosed Space, which are many, and include the following:

  • One person always has to be kept standby to communicate with the person inside the space.

  • Ÿ  The person may also carry a life line with him inside.

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In this set of images, the ship is small and has a hard boundary – it is surrounded by the boundless infinite, the expanding sea, the sky, the universe, the fog, blurred edges, light and dark.

We float through the universe on our little and large ships. We are travelling somewhere, always moving. It might be lonely sometimes. We cannot leave the ship whilst at sea but inside the ships are hidden dangerous spaces. If you go to mend something in there, keep a lifeline to the outside.

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