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(June 13-23, 2013)

Gerardo A. Sanchez

1998 Jeep

George Row

Sewing Machine Orchestra

The Shirt Factory Exhibition, Derry, Northern Ireland, UK

Saturday 22nd June 2013 17:30 BST

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Artist Martin Messier created the Sewing Machine Orchestra.

As his website says: “Messier doesn’t sew, he resuscitates old Singer sewing machines put asleep years ago in order to release, in some magical ways, the luminous and sonorous presence of the past. He carries his public in a dreamlike universe where each machine, as singular subject, is magnified. After years of silence, sewing machine orchestra is giving speech to these surviving objects of the industrial era."

Having performed live in The Shirt Factory exhibition his orchestra of sewing machines remained on exhibition under automated control, switching on whenever anyone entered the room.

The Shirt Factory exhibition is one of the featured events in Derry's year as UK City of Culture 2013.

The sound heard looping here is a small fragment recorded at The Shirt Factory exhibition while shooting the photographs.

Throughout the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries Derry had a long history as a world centre of shirt manufacturing. In Das Capital Karl Marx mentioned Tillie and Henderson's shirt factory in Derry as an example of the forefront of factory automation in his era.

Right up to the 1970s the shirt industry shaped Derry and was the heart of employment for many families in Derry. In the last decades of the twentieth century shirt making faded. Almost all the factories have now closed. The building housing this exhibit was once a shirt factory. Now it is a Visual Art Space.
My print on demand service has Prints of Photographs from Derry’s Year as UK City of Culture

I have also made this and other Photographs of Derry available as:

Europe / UK-Northern Ireland

Lat: 55° 0' 0.28" N
Long: 8° 20' 22.92" W

Elevation: 5m

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Precision is: High. Pinpoints the exact spot.

Equipment: The source images were taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mk II, Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye lens.

The camera was mounted on a Kaiden Kiwi panorama adapter on a Manfrotto 190XDB tripod.

Horizontal photographs were taken at 60° angles and also two ground shots and a sky shot. Each "shot" consisted of three bracketed exposures from +2 to -2 stops.

A total of 27 separate images were combined using Hugin in order to achieve this High Dynamic Range type result. Hugin in turn invokes Nona/Enfuse/Enblend in order to achieve this High Dynamic Range type result.

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