The first stage of the project involved photographing the installation and the exhibition in the Durham Light Infantry Museum. The cart itself was parked up in a lovely little copse outside the DLI, whilst the exhibition was inside on the first floor and what an exhibition.
From display cabinets containg war medals and memorabilia to drawings and plans of various carts, from framed photo collages to watercolour paintings, a selection of maps from a wide variety of destinations to a framed selection of the photographs that I took of the first Cart project in Preston, along with the showreels of that journey showing on separate monitors. One area consisted of all of the lists made by visitors to the Preston exhibition at Oxheys Mill Studios along with those that the artist had received by email from people wantng to to take part. Each list displayed in a frame made a quiet reflective space in the exhibition where new visitors could consider the lists others had written and then sit in the writing area to complete their own whch was added to the selection. The centrepiece of the show however was a spiral of pots, kettles, jugs and containers of all colours, shapes and sizes which took up quite a large area of floor space and which had quite an impact. Lastly, a small cinema room had been created in which rolling films of carts and their journeys could be watched.
The artists Susan Walsh, in collaboration with Lubaina Himid, had put together a formidable exhibition and my job was to photograph it so that it could be appreciated for the variety of content, the setting within the DLI and its relevance to the overall cart project and its journey through the streets of Durham which was to take place the following week.
Spending several hours photographing the exhibition, I tried to ensure I included everything from at least two or three difference perspectives.
The next stage, the following day, was to shoot the cart in the copse and then as it was taken to Durham University where it was going on display as part of a conference on homelessness. Once the cart arrived at the University, Susan Walsh ‘dressed’ it with the various paraphernalia as part of the display.
I photographed the cart both in close-up and from various angles and then whilst conference delegates braved the freezing conditions to come outside and take a closer look.