Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Sarasota High School closed down in 2008 because of too much damage done to the building due to the fact that it was built in the 1920's. Ringling bought it and are currently saving up to rebuild it and turn it into a new museum. My lighting class got to go in and shoot for two of our classes. Most people shot models in the environment but I wanted to shoot the deterioration of the school. Having permission to shoot and being able to bring in lights to shoot was a huge help as opposed to breaking in somewhere and shooting what you can before anybody shows up.
My first time printing using the cyanotype process. I chose to print my board shaping series onto cyanotype fabric. I bought a beat up surfboard and refiberglassed most of it and threw a coat of paint on the back to make it like a blank canvas. Fixing the board was a project of its own. Each image is two pieces of 8x8 inch cyanotype fabric that I put together. The fins are other surf images I printed but they didn't go with the theme of the shaping series so I cut them into strips and pieced them back together on the fins to mimic patterns found on wood surf fins. Because I rebuilt the board I thought it was appropriate to only use the board shaping series because together they tell a story.
The final image is what the board looked like when I first got it.