Through 2016 I was able to use my time at BOM to further develop the technical side of my work with Daguerreotypes, which began in 2015. I developed a series of Daguerreotypes for a collaborative project with Pete James later in the year, which explored Birmingham’s important relationship to early photography.
Being based in the Wetlab at BOM was useful as the project I developed involved photographing the city, meaning that a central darkroom space was important. The Wetlab is now set up with the equipment needed to overcome the challenging Daguerreotype process, following a successful Arts Council funded R&D phase in 2015 which concluded with The JHB Archive exhibition.
I also continued to collaborate with other BOM Fellows and identified new opportunities and skills that I was able to develop from being within a supportive network of practitioners, particularly those interested in pre-photography analogue processes and what it means to re-discover these today.