What I love about photographing art projects is that every one is completely different and they are always interesting. I really enjoy working with visual artists and trying to interpret their vision photographically, finding that spending time with them initially to understand the project and what they are trying to achieve with it is immensely useful when it comes to taking the photographs. The artists always have their own ideas about the kind of images they want and of what or where they want them taken but what is nice is that they always ask me to just take whatever images I want to as well, as they like my interpretation of their work.
This project by Blackpool artist Lisa Wigham, took place in the waiting room on platform 4 of Preston railway station. It was challenging in terms of being able to document the installation of the installation, whilst members of the public were using the facility. Working around scaffolding also presented its own problems.
I am used to working with changing natural light in my nature photography so was not concerned about the glass ceiling or huge, expansive glass walls – indeed they offered ever-changing lighting and reflections which enhanced many of the images so that I found myself taking the same shots over and over again but with completely different lighting.
The installation forms part of the Preston Guild opening on 9th September with tea and cakes being served in the waiting room.