“I had heard about plans for a new cinema and wanted to get involved in the best way I know how – with my camera. I suggested to director and programmer Carmen Slijpen that monthly site visits would provide her with images she could use to publicise the building’s progress and the project. Luckily for me she agreed. I spent two years photographing the journey from disused industrial building to award-winning cinema.
My preference is to start any architectural documentary before the construction team have moved in. When I first arrived at the Depot I found colourful murals lining the walls and leftover industrial machinery (a shiny blue air compressor and a bright red petrol tank from the days when this was a Post Office garage). I watched as the roof came off, dramatically changing the light inside the building. White girders replaced the old green ones and the interior was filled with birdcage scaffolding used to build the new roof. Slowly the spaces began to define themselves: dark cinema rooms and spacious, light-filled extensions…”
Carlotta will be giving an illustrated talk about the project at the Paddock Art Studios. ‘Documenting a transition: how Harvey’s Depot became a state-of-the-art cinema’ is on 10th November at 3pm, £4 (for non-members).