Happy new year! Last year I decided to start a project that was going to be my Masters proposal. It’s a documentary style series of work simply called ‘Ferry Road’ that explores the people and place of one of Christchurch’s first roads formed in 1851. Ferry Road is such a diverse part of Christchurch City that like most cities, is not immune to Gentrification
, and is rapidly changing. What has inspired this work is that it may offer future insights to the people and place of Ōtautahi.
I’m applying the same process to that of the Beekeepers project in that I’m keeping a tight record of individuals and places/ businesses using a CRM due to its scale and duration. I’m also not strict on the types of people and places I photograph – and letting it flow.
What I like about using a tool to manage subjects, is that it makes it possible to weave in and out the project between my day job
, and I can easily pickup where I left it. What I enjoy about letting the project develop as it progresses is that this approach opens up photographic opportunities rather than turning them away.
While black and white film is the more affordable medium given the prices of coloured stock, I’ve recently fallen in love with Kodak Gold. This film has a really nice warmth to it and pushes well to ISO 400 which is very useful. Best of all it’s cheap! So now I’m able to create with colour too.
The project lives here and I’m expecting it to take 3 years to complete.
Are you based in Christchurch and live or work on Ferry Road? I’d love to visit and capture your portrait. Please email me.