Recently, I had to scout locations for my upcoming short documentary film on Hamilton’s Irish Cork-town of the 19th century.
With so much of the architecture and landscape lost to development, I wanted to capture want survived and what might be re-captured via my imagination.
What soon became apparent was how little of Hamilton’s was actually captured by the camera or even drawings. As a result, walking the streets of late 19th and early 20th century Hamilton requires a great leap of imagination.
This won’t be the case in the future.
Using Google Map and Google Street View to chart film locations, I suddenly realized that these images were the first ever publicly documented records of streets and, even entire neighbourhoods.
Google Street View documents everything. There is no editorial or class basis that might favour the corner of James and King over Young and Aurora.
To be poor or unpopular will no longer mean that your urban landscape and architecture will be lost to history.
Google Street View has ensured that a record of all communities will be preserved for future fans of history and urban architecture.
A weekly update on the art related activities of Chris Erskine. Posted every Wednesday morning on Fat Cats – Starving Dogs. This week: work continues on short doc film on Hamilton (Ont) Corktown. Following key events in the life of Sarah Anne Santry who lived in Corktown during the 2nd half of the 19th century. The short film will likely be released during the month of March, if all things go well.
16 March 2015 – Now in post-production on my short film entitled: Irish Corktown. Following the life of a first generation Hamilton Irish Canadian in the 19th century. I am very busy with editing and selecting music. Hope to have the project finished later this month. Over the past week, getting used to using a glidecam for film shots. Steep learning curve. Thanks for dropping by.
Art Post is a weekly posting on the art activities of Chris Erskine. This week: struggling with the filming of “Irish Corktown.” This is my short film of Sarah Ann, a first generation Irish Canadian, who lived in the Hamilton during the 19th century. My hope is to release the film by March 16th.
Working on a new film project and reflecting on different ways of using historical photographs and drawings in modern urban landscapes. Last summer, I tried a technique used in several recent documentaries. I am not happy with the results. As a result, I am still searching for a better way of accessing the past via present day landscapes. I thought, however, that you may find these past attempts interesting.
This is the official web site of the Save Century Manor Task Force 2 (CMTF2). This task force was created not only to draw attention to the existence of Century Manor, an important Hamilton heritage building in danger of demolition by neglect, but also to provide information on Century Manor and to gain support within and outside our community for our ongoing fight to save and preserve this heritage building through restoration and adaptive reuse.