Month: November 2015

Emma Graney DS11-003

I was born with congenital cataract in my right eye. Everything I see out of that eye is blurred and foggy, a bit like when you put eye ointment in but permanently. My left eye is my good eye and even though I am now long sighted in it and it has to work twice as hard to see, to have one working eye is good enough for me.

I chose photography as my profession and I never struggled with seeing until about five years ago when my eyes became significantly worse.

I have worn glasses since I was four and then decided in my teenage wisdom I wouldn’t be wearing them any more. I was finally told off at age 25 by the ophthalmologist and told to wear my super strength glasses all the time and to and start and take care of my eyes as you only get the two you have.

I remember sitting in the eye clinic waiting room after having many tests and there was an older gentleman sat opposite me, smartly dressed in a green suit. He was reading the paper and then he got called in and asked to take out his eye!

I haven’t got a very strong stomach and anything blood or eyeball based makes me feel a bit queasy and sometimes I faint.

I however became fascinated with this notion of the smart old man in his green suit reading the paper having just the one eye like me but also it was superior as it was glass. I wanted to ask him how it felt, what had happened to his eye before the new eye?

I controlled my thoughts as I felt it would have been incredibly rude to ask him such things. I sat back in my chair and said to myself ‘Fancy that, a glass eye’

I really like this slide as it’s from a time when prostheses were in their early stages, I like the selection altogether in their velvet lined compartments. Whose where they? My interest in glass eyes hasn’t gone unnoticed and it’s not something that you can bring up in conversation on a visit to the shops but to have adopted this slide is very special and my one seeing eye likes it very much.

Emma Graney
Photographer, Letter writer and Collector of things.


Sara Davies: TFS.1.BE.79

The Bergman slide, the image of Daniel and his mother is projected on my studio wall. The edges and corners of the room are dark. I am playing with size, height, distortion, angle, mirrors and spotlights. A camera is recording my movement. The shadow of my arm is sweeping across the picture. The image of the child slightly elongated, spreading into a narrow doorway. The meadow is broken by peeling plaster. There are tiny speckles of dust on Daniel’s hair. My eyes pause on the faded red skirt, sure that it once belonged to my mother. I think of Bergman, the most famous Swede, and how we meet in this film still. I think of Daniel and my son both stereotypical Swedish-looking children. I think of the meadow, in Sweden a mythical place associated with midsummer. I move the projector a centimetre to one side then I move the camera to a lower position. In the space between the camera and the wall, I am immersed in the projector light. I lower my head and see a cluster of meadow flowers on my hand. I want to move closer and join Daniel and his mother. I reach towards the image feeling the magic of midsummer. I let my fingertips touch Daniels cheek remembering the feeling of baby skin. I enter the picture, comforting my son, comforting me. I do it again. This time with a slightly different camera angle, and again with my body a step to the left, and again with the light from the projector on my neck and my forehead resting on the cool plaster wall.


Sara Davies

PhD Researcher and Associate Lecturer

Manchester School of Art

Liam John Rotheram: UK8.34

The images I had in mind when I entered the VRC were no more than a flurry in my head, made of a mishmash of information to do with homes and suburban buildings. I knew that I wanted some research into environments that could inform me on how to construct simple, beautiful scenes for projects like comics, but Google just wasn’t the way.

In only a few moments, John led me to images of these Handmade Houses, and they were the perfect representations of what I had in mind. The visual resource centre is stocked with an enormous wealth of serendipity like this.

The slide I selected represents mostly what really captured me, in looking at the Handmade Houses. It is at one with nature, made by and for nature. My personal practice will forever benefit from this experience.

Liam John Rotherham