sunlight

BlindSpot is finished and installed at The Workhouse (National Trust), Southwell in Nottinghamshire. It is open to the public (when a ticket is bought for the house) from Friday 24 July to Sunday 1 November 2015.

The image above is from the very first timelapse photography session I shot in the Men’s Dormitory. I continued to shoot time-lapse sequences during May and June but was often at the mercy of the very unpredictable weather. The images below are from a very early morning in June. I was in a particularly euphoric mood as I walked up to the Workhouse but unfortunately as soon as the sun had risen the clouds closed in …

early morningearly morning again

BlindSpot

BlindSpot captures the slow passing of time in the Workhouse. The film traces the sunlight and shadow, cast by the iron window frames, across the walls and floors of the empty dormitories and corridors of the austere building. Rev. J.T. Becher, the founder of the Workhouse, said that ‘An empty workhouse is a successful one’.

BlindSpot is about time, nothingness and emptiness. Its slow and repetitive form evokes the lives of the Workhouse’s former inmates. The soundtrack features a voice from the National Trust’s Oral History Archive. The hymn tune ‘Southwell’, is played by Derek Wileman on The Workhouse Harmonium.

BlindSpot (Tim Shore, 2015)
Sound: Brendan Crehan
Harmonium: Derek Wileman
Voice: © National Trust Oral History Archive NT/4

BlindSpot is a project for New Expressions 3, an Arts Council England national pathfinder programme that fosters collaboration between contemporary artists and museums.

The Workhouse, Upton Road, Southwell, Nottinghamshire NG25 0PT.
http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/theworkhouse
http://www.newexpressions.org/Events