Steam/Vapor

Ghost Train Olot Catalonia

A nod to Buster Keatons " The General" in this shoot created in Olot with the assistance of: Escola d'Art i Superior de Disseny d'Olot ⁃Students of the 1rst and 2nd year of CFGS Fotografia. 	⁃	Names of the students:Aida Campàs, Iana Cardellach, Susagna Espigulé, David Felip, Damià Marsal, Gemma Milà, Andra Ortiz, Júlia Pagès, Ainoa Tenés, Pol Vila, Duna Carrera, Aline Cortés, Núria Celeste del Barba, Jonas Forchini, Sara González, Judith Marcos, Antia Puente i Irina Torres. 	⁃	Names of the teachers: Anna Casamitjana, Martí Pellicer, Rosa Aguiló i Roger Serrat-Calvó. 	⁃	 	⁃	 	⁃	 (de 1r i 2n del Cicle Formatiu de Grau Superior de Fotografia o també en podeu dir CFGS Fotografia) INS Montsacopa students of  Visual i Plàstica of 4t ESO -Marta Llongarriu -Anna Colom -Diksha Jaswal -Aina Caballero  -Sise Tunkara -Alicia Port -Teacher: Gisel·la Arimany Institut La Garrotxa
Students:
Aina Diago
Enric Leemans
Isaac Morchón

-Teacher: Sílvia Massanella

A nod to Buster Keatons ” The General” in this shoot created in Olot with the assistance of: Escola d’Art i Superior de Disseny d’Olot
⁃ Students of the 1rst and 2nd year of CFGS Fotografia.
⁃ Names of the students:Aida Campàs, Iana Cardellach, Susagna Espigulé, David Felip, Damià Marsal, Gemma Milà, Andra Ortiz, Júlia Pagès, Ainoa Tenés, Pol Vila, Duna Carrera, Aline Cortés, Núria Celeste del Barba, Jonas Forchini, Sara González, Judith Marcos, Antia Puente i Irina Torres.
⁃ Names of the teachers: Anna Casamitjana, Martí Pellicer, Rosa Aguiló i Roger Serrat-Calvó.


⁃ (de 1r i 2n del Cicle Formatiu de Grau Superior de Fotografia o també en podeu dir CFGS Fotografia)
INS Montsacopa
students of Visual i Plàstica of 4t ESO
-Marta Llongarriu
-Anna Colom
-Diksha Jaswal
-Aina Caballero
-Sise Tunkara
-Alicia Port
-Teacher: Gisel·la Arimany
Institut La Garrotxa
Students:
Aina Diago
Enric Leemans
Isaac Morchón

-Teacher: Sílvia Massanella

What would you say with your last breath? What does your last breath sound like?  Some contemplations of my recent visit to Northamptonshire and returning visit and shoot in Catalonia. Steam is the last breath, the vapour that extrudes from machines of a bygone era. I bore witness to the simplicity of the design of the boiler and piston system both in Irchester and in Rushen upon my second visit and made use of my access to these mesmeric machines in some of the stop motion work I captured for the shoot.  The idea of temporality is ever present in this project. Volunteers and railway enthusiasts bring these machines back to life, like raising the dead, or spirits. Steam translates as Vapor in Catalan, which is very close of “Vapour”. This emparts an image of spirit, or of an object of a transmutative capabilities. So in the true history of moving image I bring the dead back to life.. maybe in a kind of Ed Wood way, with cardboard and cotton wool, tape and glue. This resurrection is only temporary, and is done using found domestic objects and materials to recreate the age of Steam.

The Below moving image clip is taken from our observations of the scene whilst setting up for my “Lost Luggage” short. The moving clip was captured by Owen Tooth of Threshold studios who assisted on this scene.  I am very grateful for the staff and volunteers of the Rushden Transport Museum who assisted us with moving several engines and carriages and allowed access to various machines and operating systems on the line.

Still from the shoot in Rushden. The is from "Lost Luggage".

Still from the shoot in Rushden. The is from “Lost Luggage”.

 

Shooting in Northamptonshire

Shooting in Northamptonshire

Then applying this knowledge to the construction of a large scale Mirage in the creation of the Olot Train for the shoot in Catalonia was the logical next step: 

Construction of the Olot steam train. Student of the Olot Art School assemble the large scale cardboard replica of the train.

Construction of the Olot steam train. Student of the Olot Art School assemble the large scale cardboard replica of the train.

Moving Image

Structural supports being added to the prop

Structural supports being added to the prop

 

Some preparatory sketches from the shooting schedule inspired by Buster Keaton and Dress Codes emphasised by Lillias Campbell Davidson:

Pen, Ink and Water colour on paper. Drawing by Aideen Barry

Pen, Ink and Water colour on paper. Drawing by Aideen Barry