As I approached Jules in the Reading Room of the University of Edinburgh’s library archive, I noticed two tables with a series of boxes. Without saying anything Jules pointed to the seat next to her where she had already placed a file for me to leaf through. In that small moment I had no idea what I was about to encounter.
Flicking through the pages I was first fronted with a series of cartoon drawings that had been drawn on a see-through plastic ready for projection. Accompanying this a small series of notes, with rough sketches outlining the contents of each cartoon, what appeared to be an academic copy of a symposium on a subject discussing climate change/population growth and several paper cuttings from various publications all discussing a recent talk from Edinburgh University academic C. H. Waddington. It is clear to see that when it came to his work and also the work of his colleagues within the Animal Genetics Department at the University of Edinburgh, Lucey had enormous passion and pride.
Searching through the series of photos taken by Lucey and by others within the Film Unit in the Animal Genetics department it is clear to see the dedication that Lucey put into his research. Shot lists compiled by Lucey were extraordinarily detailed, storyboards created showed his pure creative talent; files upon files of letters, drawings, clippings, photos and art. I quickly became immersed in his sheer dedication to the craft.
While rifling through photos of Eric Lucey at work I became astounded by the luck of my own encounter with him. I thought ahead to the coming weeks and the oppertunity I have to immerse myself fully within his work.