Reflecting on Lucey

In encountering a personal archive it is often hard to anticipate how ‘personal’ the content contained within may be. Boxes upon boxes of documents and photographs, from an exterior perspective, can look like an overwhelming number of hours spent sorting and organising. However, to the archivist every box is a puzzle piece eventually helping to create an image of the creator.

In our journey through the archive of Eric Lucey we were quickly able to begin to gather a picture of the kind of person he was, mostly through the help of his personal autobiographical notes. In all reality our time spent researching Eric Lucey so far has been extremely short, however it is surpirsing how well we have gotten to know him. With the help of the staff at the Edinburgh University Library Archive we have heard countless stories of Lucey and his collegues, had unlimited access to his proffessional and personal archive and had the incredible oppertunity to be the first people to read/watch through some of his work. We have been offered an incredible oppertunity, to be able to explore through the life of a man who not many know of.

The scope of Lucey’s work is so incredibly diverse and wide, its incredible to be able to explore even a small section of it. It is clear when researching the life of Eric Lucey that his work is one that needs care into preserving and maintaining. Hopefully through the work we and others have been doing with Lucey’s archive he will become a name more regularly spoken of.

“That Exponential Thing”

Eric Lucey wasn’t only a filmmaker. At heart, he was also a scientist. The below photo set is an example of this. “That Exponential Thing” is part of a symposium that C.H. Waddington put together about the adverse effect humans have on the planet. These hand drawn slides are from Lucey. Together they created an opener that would show the negative consequences of industrialisation on communities. Though Waddington was the Director of Animal Genetics, he did not only study animals. He was fascinated with the effect of pollutants and industry on agricultural societies. Many cultures world wide are economically tied to the success of agriculture. Following the slides were a series of graphs showing the rise and fall of pollution from the birth of a community to its “death.” All visuals were created to support the statistics supplied about quality of life, industrialisation and population among small communities. Waddington had the science part completed and ready for this symposium but without Lucey’s projector slides and artwork, the audiences may never have truly seen his vision.