After talking to a prospective publisher, the title of the manuscript has been changed from Bowden Archives and other Marginalia to The Bowden Archives. This cut down means that the book will be about Bowden as the non-Bowden images–eg., the coastal beaches, Port Adelaide, Adelaide hills etc– have now been pruned from the draft manuscript. They have been shifted to the historical section of the proposed Adelaide book.
I have been going through and scanning the 35mm negatives in the archive. The picture below is from the Kelly Dance–an evening of jigs and reels — that was put on by The Bush Dance Theatre:
This evening was sometimes in the 1980s. Unfortunately, I cannot recall where the musical evening was held or when.
I have this photo of the poster, but I can find no trace of the event or the musicians on the internet.
The proposed change makes for a more sharply focused and contained book, one with a strong historical focus. I haven’t figured out the subtitle yet. Maybe something along the lines of Photography, history, memory? It is photos from the archives and me looking back on a lost Adelaide trying to remember the events I photographed.
The prospective publisher also made a suggestion to include some re-photography. I will have to have a think about that option as a lot of what I photographed in the 1980s has gone.
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