I went into town for food and as I walked I shot some of the signs in the shops and windows.
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.
The person may also carry a life line with him inside.
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.
Nasty Women art show and march in Stroud, October 2017.
I am amazed by how moving it is to watch two people commit to each other and to see their families supporting them. Once again I felt incredibly privileged to be invited to witness and record this day for Fran & Dave at their wedding in Stroud and reception at the Bear of Rodborough.
This couple wanted informal shots of their wedding – photographs for people who don’t like having their picture taken. The privilege of shooting a wedding like this was immense.
Another letterpress in the area, this time we are at John Grice’s Evergreen Press. I did some printing and took a few minutes to grab some snaps with five minute’s worth of battery power.
I have had the great pleasure and privilege of working at the Whittington Press for a couple of sessions. Its a big workshop near Cheltenham, with lots of letterpress machines, and type, and paper. Here are some pictures. Click on any of them to view as a slideshow.
Laurie Lee’s famed Slad valley has been protected from a development by the government planning inspector.