Paperscopes

Chosen to be showcased in the Cabinet of Curios Exhibition at Orso Major Gallery, 2014.

This was a final year university project, created to celebrate Charles Dickens' 200th birthday. These Paperscopes depict various scenes from three of Dickens' popular novels: Great Expectations, Little Dorrit and Oliver Twist. The Paperscopes are a contemporary approach to retelling some of his best novels - to bring them to life and present them in a more tactile manner.

The first five photographs show the individual scenes from Great Expectations:
1. Pip and Estella near the marshes (boats and trees in background): Pip would visit the marshes to think about the future and dream of becoming a gentleman and gaining Estella's love. 2. Pip and Estella: The reality of when Estella ditches Pip and doesn't acknowledge or love him, even when he does become a gentleman when he is older. 3. Pip with Joe Gargery scene: Symbolising Pip's close relationship with Joe when younger, before he became a gentleman and started ignoring and feeling embarrassed of Joe's low status in the social class. 4. Miss Havisham: The spinster sitting amongst the cobwebs, in the dark, with a clock in the background stuck on the exact time at which she was left at the altar.

Below these, the coloured individual scenes depict the story of Little Dorrit:
1. D.N.F. Do Not Forget: Mrs Clennam was given this watch by her dead husband, who's illegitimate child she took and kept as her own son in ignorance. The watch is engraved with the initials DNF and reminds Mrs Clennam of the tortuous guilt she bears alone all the time, a dark secret which nobody else knows. 2. Rose: Arthur sends a rose floating down the river near Meagles' house, symbolising a goodbye to his youth, desire and hope for a future with Pet Meagles. 3. The shadow of the Marshalsea: The Marshalsea is a prison, housing a variety of prisoners. However, the idea of the Marshalsea shadow falling on someone means the effects on them of having lived in the Marshalsea. This is where the Dorrits were imprisoned in the first half of the novel.

The last two images are of Oliver Twist - this is a large Paperscope which contains all three scenes placed one behind another inside a long tube of paper:
1. Theif: Towards the beginning of the book, Oliver is accused of stealing an old man's handkerchief. Oliver is chased down the street and tackled. However the old man, Mr Brownlow decides Oliver looks too innocent to have stolen anything. 2. The portrait: Whilst at Mr Brownlow's house, Oliver feels a connection to a portrait of a woman. The woman in the portrait later turns out to be Oliver's mother, who had died in childbirth. 3. Recurring labyrinth and maze motif: Symbolising criminality; once you become a criminal it's like entering a maze or a labyrinth: it's difficult to get out of. Mostly in reference to the three criminals in the story, Fagin, Sikes and Nancy.

All four Paperscope scenes for Great Expectations
Paperscope scene for Great Expectations
Paperscope scene for Great Expectations
Paperscope scene for Great Expectations
Paperscope scene for Great Expectations
Little Dorritt Paperscope scene
Little Dorritt Paperscope scene
Little Dorritt Paperscope scene
Little Dorritt Paperscope scene
Little Dorritt Paperscope scene
Little Dorritt Paperscope scene
Oliver Twist Paperscope scene