Nicky Bird

Prestongrange (2002)

Prestongrange (2002)

August 2002: Prestongrange Industrial Heritage Museum, East Lothian

In this experimental two-week residency, I converted the Hoffman Kiln into a giant pinhole camera. The camera-as-kiln resonated with Prestongrange’s past in a number of ways. The role of salt and chemicals is one connection, which in turn has relevance to early photographic processes, such as salt prints, pinhole cameras and camera obscuras. In 2002, the camera-as-kiln was also a way of making photographs of the area, which included people who passing through Prestongrange. Today the Kiln is now out of bounds due to its increasingly derelict condition.

Thanks to Alan Chapman, Ewan Wilson, Iain Petrie and East Lothian Council

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