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Peer to Peer: UK/HK – Chris Paul Daniels digital residency 3/4
【#PeertoPeerUKHK】Hi! Chris Paul Daniels here taking over WMA for my third sharing!
My film ‘Northern Lights’ was all shot by myself on analogue film in 2017/18, but presented as if it was archive footage – I was capitalising on the small gauge film aesthetic, the saturated colours and the embedded sense of nostalgia.
A lot of my work has been made in response to residencies, and I was very lucky to be able to spend two weeks in Blackpool as part of Light Up the North’s residency. The Lightworks depot where the Illuminations are stored and built – a real privilege to get to see how this culture is preserved and maintained.
A bit more about the Blackpool Illuminations, the annual light festival was first introduced in 1879, and were first referred to as ‘artificial sunshine’. They have brought tourists to Blackpool ever since and are ‘switched on’ in an opening ceremony every year by a celebrity or popular figure – this has ranged from the singer George Formby in 1953, the Bee Gees in 1995, Spice Girl Geri Halliwell in 2004!
Image Credit: Stills from ‘Northern Lights’ by the artist/ Collection of
Grundy Art Gallery/ Blackpool Council