Works in Progress: South Asian Photo Archive

While I was in Udiapur the first time, I was here for an artist residency. I made posts about that experience and shows how the work progressed while I was there. Now that I am back I am working on several projects. I thought I would be nice to share those projects as they progress and get your feedback on the work.

New Project, South Asian Photo Archive

So, what have I been up to since returning to the States. Well, you all have seen I worked for months on my paper. During the Q&A session after my presentation at the Society of Photographic Education South Central Chapter Conference in October, Dornith Doherty, one of my graduate professors asked me how the research had affected my artistic practice. I told her I had began making an archive of my photographs and other objects from India. I explained that some of these “archived” materials were on display at an exhibition in Arlington, Texas at that moment. Dornith suggested I make the archive online. Thus, I began the process of making a website and South Asian Photo Archive was born.

To make this website, I first, got a domain name and purchased hosting. Now I do not know how to use code, so I use Theme Fusion and WordPress.org. With Theme Fusion you can basically build whatever you want. Now that I have started, perhaps I should have purchased some type of actual database software. However, I am sure that would have been expensive. Furthermore, since the archive is an artistic project, it includes many of my personal thoughts and perhaps the complexity of how I am constructing it with Theme Fusion will add to the art piece aspect of the project.

Above, is a view of one of the pages in the archive. You can see how I have categorized the objects and information. As well, you can see how I have included some personal thoughts under Brief Description. Furthermore, along the bottom of the page, you can access related information and see related images and objects.

The archive will include my photographs, journal entries, photographs of objects purchased in South Asia, and photographs/scans of other things like tickets and receipts. All of this should give some sort of sense of my actual time on the sub-continent, as well as, how I remember the events over time, my recollections, memories, and myths.

This will be a lifetime endeavor I presume. I have not even uploaded all of the photographs from my first trip to India. Plus, I an pretty busy so I can not work on the project everyday. Hopefully, by the end of the year I will be able to launch the website. Though it will surely be incomplete, perhaps at least the photographs/objects from the first trip will be available.

I would love to know what you think about this project. Since I am in the early stages I can easily apply constructive criticism and ideas into the project.

Happy photoing to you all!

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By |2018-10-10T12:06:18+00:00March 6th, 2018|SAP Archive|0 Comments

About the Author:

Betsy Williamson is an assistant professor of art in the state of New Mexico. Before coming to New Mexico for this job she was an adjunct professor throughout Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, teaching photography and art appreciation. Between September 2015 and May 2017, she took a break from teaching to pursue art, research and life in India. Now she is back to teaching and part-timing it in India.

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