Jessica Cappuccitti: What was your favourite part of this residency?
Ursula Handleigh: Experiencing a new city, especially one like Syracuse which was nothing like what I had expected. I wasn’t expecting it to be so abandoned and so big... so different from Toronto.
JC: What was your favourite thing about Syracuse?
UH: I biked around a lot so everything was really different. My favourite place was this really old camera store in the middle of this suburban setting. It had all of these really old things that no one ever bought... except for me!
UH: No. It was THE camera place. I think it wasn’t very popular so there was stuff that had been sitting on the self for like thirty years. The antique feel wasn’t intentional at all which was what made it so cool. The signage was old, everything about it was old. But it also sold digital cameras and stuff. It was this weird mix of old and new.
JC: Tell me about the work you created – from inspiration to final product.
JC: Not even at the mall?
UH: No. There was this drug store down the street that had a sign that said "1-hour" photo and then when you went there it turned out it wasn’t an hour because they sent it out to be developed. You also couldn’t get any photographic colour paper anywhere. The camera store sold some black and white stuff because you could do it yourself.