Book Production #1.

BREAKTHROUGH BOOK
Breakthrough book.

I received the first copy of my photographic book from Blurb in the post today. I thoroughly feel the book is effective in terms of book layout, image quality and use of text as well as being successful in compiling a wide range of my work in an order which expresses my thoughts and feelings in such a manner which is ordered and accompanied by text.

However, in the introduction I would realise that there was a major typing error.

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Typing error in book

Throughout the book, some of the images appeared twice, as the images are so detailed it can be confusing in recognising which image you have previously seen; despite proof-reading multiple times. On further research on Blurb’s website, I have been enlightened to find that Blurb do not proof read and work but rather they print what has been submitted, as well as that Blurb will not accept any returns as a result of typing errors. Furthermore, being unfamiliar with the ‘Book Wright’ program which Blurb offer, the navigations and options of the program in my opinion are confusing and not very user-friendly.

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Image repeated twice.
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Image repeated twice.

Learning from this mistake has been a costly one, I rectified the errors which were present within the first copy, have sent this to print and now I am eagerly awaiting its arrival on 24/25th of April, ensuring that somone else has also proof-read the book this time, not just myself.

As the book cost £60 for the large landscape size, this time, upon reflection I chose a standard landscape size book: one with a hardcover for the purpose of my portfolio and a soft cover as I felt a soft cover book would be more easily accessible to those attending the exhibition and decide to view my work. Furthermore a smaller format book (as the large book…is large!) would offer a more intimate, personal experience for the viewer.

 

Book Production

As suggested in the proposal it was an intention of mine to get a book produced to exhibit a more extensive collection of imagery created on the module then it would be possible to hang on the wall (for the exhibition) … it has been sent off to print and now I eagerly await its return!

I chose the book title of ‘Breakthrough’ as I felt it was a short, captivating title which is effective at summarising my photographic and personal journey…it really has been a breakthrough.

To add additional context to my images, on alternate pages I have included poems which I have written, which link thoughts and feelings to the landscape and personal, inner thoughts.

The book size is: a large-format, landscape book: 13x11inch, 33 x 28cm, 60 Pages.

Poems

Poem 1:

Today the wind howls through the branches of the trees

They continuously rattle as if they sense an uncertainty.

The ground is green and fresh with dew

There are obstacles disrupting the beautiful view.

Standing upon the earthy ground

A dragging sensation pulls me down

The world begins to fragment.

 

Poem 2:

Today the sky is grey

The time is midday

As the day turns to nightfall

The forest trees begin to sprawl

The pathway which I am walking has become unclear

Whilst the trees surrounding me begin to groan and whirr

 

A sudden gust pushes me off

So far from home

I feel so lost.

 

Poem 3:

Today the alkaline green land

the damp grass floor

So much detail

A beauty unrecognised before

 

In that moment, an appreciation

From the heart, through my body and being

Embrace on the hike

The wonderful nature and

The warmth of sunlight

 

Revelling in this opportunity of peace and quiet

I felt a heaviness in the air

It was darkened clouds

Rolling towards angry thunder

 

Despite this changing weather

How the earth is full of beauty and complexity

I shall always wonder.

 

Poem 4:

Today the reeds were standing tall

When I tripped, and took that unfortunate fall

But not down that rabbit hole

As that kid, Alice did

 

Instead the reality for me was hard concrete

Any safety net to cushion the fall was gone

Standing up and brushing myself down

Innocence vanished upon that ground

 

It was time to stand tall and strong

Taking it in my stride

In this game we call life, there is no place to hide

 

Amongst the bouts of confusion

It began to emerge the disappointment

I was feeling was a result of

Disillusion.

 

Poem 5:

Today the branches fell from the trees

They were brittle and the strong smell of manure

Blew towards me on the chilly breeze

 

Overhead there was a flock of American Geese

I wondered where it was they were going

Perhaps to the east?

 

Being encompassed and surrounded

By the natural environment

Helps me feel strong and grounded

 

The jury was out it was left to the attorney

To decide where it is we are going

On this rollercoaster

Journey.

 

Poem 6:

Today walking through the dense undergrowth

Someone was passing through the clearing

Quickening my pace without interfering

I saw how happy they were and so unfearing

 

The sunlight was dancing in the sky above

Serenading the plants in warmth and love

Whilst the clouds were whispering

I was listening

They were picturing a world of joy and contentment

I could not agree more with this statement, to make someone

Happy is a positive achievement

 

The weeping Willow sings a soothing melody

Whistling words such as

‘This is your destiny’.

 

 

Poem 7:

Today the rippling water stopped

It no longer churned or chopped

Against the steep river bank

 

Someone had pulled the plug

And the nearby land began to sink

Trying to move forward quickly

Was like walking on an ice rink

 

The surrounding plants and trees began to fail

Crashing to the ground I saw them flail and wail

All that now remains is a trail

Of deforestation as there is nothing left

Of that once stable foundation

 

No matter how often you fall

You are never alone and should

Never have to

Crawl.

 

Poem 8:

Today the air was fresh

Not a cloud in the sky yet

The yellow Daffodils were performing

A hypnotising dance

 

If I ever had the chance

To go back in time and tell my former self

To place all my fears and worries upon

The highest shelf

 

If you think about all the worries and

Negativity

It is bad for your health and is a wasted energy

 

Sometimes life can feel like you are walking

A tightrope

But no matter the difficulties

Never lose

Hope.

 

Poem 9:

Today the sun was shining through the trees

The breeze was rustling

Amongst the autumn leaves

 

Arriving at the quiet pond

It was a perfect moment to sit and wonder

What it would be like under

The sky at night in the open

I sent a silent prayer

In which I am hoping

To see the world and all its glory

Add more chapters to the story

To be thankful for all the spaces

The hidden nature within these places

 

I understand now that it is our duty

To look after the earth and its natural

Beauty.

 

Poem 10:

Today I reflect upon my childhood

The London tower blocks

And concrete neighbourhood

 

How I loved the framework

Of the metal playground

Or the underground tube travel which

My mam and I would network

 

However in my thoughts it would never compare

To the autumn leaves

Your sweet brown hair

 

Or when we would visit Dunstable Downs

To eat ice cream, seeing the gliders

Spiralling around

 

Although we visit there no longer

My connectivity to nature only grew

Stronger

 

Just a snippet of some of the stories

We have shared together

Our memories.

Poem 11:

Today I awake from the slumber

Stepping into a universe, it was summer?

Yet the air was cool

The fog was low

 

It quickly turned dark

That squawking Crow

Flying overhead and circling around

I was always looking up but never down

 

I lost my footing

And fell into a river

The water was cold, very deep

I started to quiver

 

My body did not feel like mine

But one that was borrowed

It was too late I was out of time

 

I never did return to the same slumber

The following night, or the night after

I had lost track of the number

Of times, I would sit awake and worry

About the unknown

Reality blurry

 

There is a way to face the fears

But for me, I choose tears

In my mind at night I am screaming

Or am I awake and this is only dreaming?

 

Poem 12:

Today I walked outside into the wild

Taking a deep breath in

I smiled

 

This is a place where I find peace

It is the missing part to the puzzle

Within this haven there is no trouble

An escape from the daily strains in this bubble

 

Admiring the variations of forest trees

Or the gentle buzzing of the bees

Inhaling the fresh scent of spring flowers

I happily could stay here for hours

 

For those who visit nature find relief

If not, you should, no matter how brief

 

All of the colours and textures are glorious

Being in the quiet outdoors is the perfect

Solace.

 

Poem 13:

Today sat upon a log

A wonderful place for an internal monologue

The water was running past me down the stream

The sun would make the water glisten and gleam

 

The path was winding on

Before I knew it, the day was almost done

The views around me were so beautiful to the eye

My heightened senses intensify

A passion for the outdoors

The freedom to walk even through the torrential downpours

 

The gift for this life I cannot ignore

Because life can change

In a blink, no more

 

Being alone with my thoughts encourages a projection

With so many thoughts and feelings

This is my reflection.

 

Poem 14:

Today the hill was steep the path was long

To succeed you must be physically and mentally strong

Despite the battles on a daily basis

To get up, face the day and soldier on is undoubtedly a sign of braveness

 

There will be many times that the road is long and the sky is dark

You just have to remember that invisible anchor

Will pull you above out of the deep waters

Back into the safety of the ark

 

Whatever will happen shall soon pass

Try not to worry about the future or regret the past

Live your life to the full and achieve success

To have a life on this earth we are truly blessed.

Book Title Ideas…

Just noting some book title ideas I have had…

  • Treasured Lands
  • Calm Lands
  • Calmscapes – Calm Landscapes
  • Graceful
  • The Calm Lands of Staffordshire
  • An Alternative Perspective
  • At One With Landscape
  • The Walk
  • A Walk In The Wild
  • The Wild Walks
  • Walking With Nature – An Autistic Perspective on Landscapes
  • The Endless Landscape
  • In The Landscape
  • Landscape Beauty
  • Finally, Time To Relax
  • Loving The Everyday
  • Dreaming Landscapes
  • Freedom – A Photographic Journey
  • Freedom In Landscape Dreams
  • Of Beauty
  • Liberty
  • Banishment
  • Ostracism
  • Breakthrough
  • Progress
  • Enrichment
  • Landmark
  • Evolution

The Experience of Nature: A Psychological Perspective.

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Intrigued by the information which I have been able to source from the internet, it was intriguing however there is little factual information around this subject. Therefore I felt it would beneficial to search the university’s library to see if they have the book…and they do, I cannot wait to try and learn more about people and their relationships to their environments and landscapes.

Charlotte Cotton – The Photograph as Contemporary Art. 3rd Ed.

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This book is extremely informative as it possesses contemporary photographers and examples of their work. A photographer who I found of great inspiration is Thomas Struth (1954) and his Paradise Series (1982) which is concerned with representing forests and jungles, whilst utilising tight framing and the isolation of the subject matter through composition contributes to what Struth states as,

‘Membranes for meditation’
(p105, Struth, Cotton)

Struth employs photography as an aid for evoking both internal dialogue and contemplation in the viewer. What I find interesting with Struth’s approach to his subject matter is that the locations where he records his photographs are not recognisable and there is something calming about this isolation.

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STURTH, T. (2001) Paradise 24. [Online Image].
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STRUTH, T. (2005). Paradise 30. [Online Image].
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STRUTH, T. (1999). Paradise 15. [Online Image].

WHY IS THIS WORK INSPIRING?

 This work is inspiring as with photography the majority of the world has been photographed repeatedly therefore creating something different or unique becomes more challenging. I find it interesting to create a location with landscape photography which in reality does not exist, somewhere you cannot visit, as a means of escapism from the world and its realities.

With my photography work I would like to develop my interpretation on landscape appropriately, to evoke emotion or a response from the viewer whilst aiding and trying to understand expression with which I struggle to comprehend on a daily basis through verbal expression.

Reference List:

AMAZON. (2014). The Photograph as Contemporary Art (World of Art) – Paperback. [Online Image] Available from: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Photograph-Contemporary-Art-World/dp/0500204187 [Last Accessed: March 2017].

COTTON, C. (2015). The Photograph As Contemporary Art. 3rd Ed. London: Thames & Hudson.

STRUTH, T. (2001). New Pictures from Paradise Paradise 24. [Online Image] Available from: http://www.thomasstruth32.com/smallsize/photographs/new_pictures_from_paradise/index.html [Last Accessed: March 2017].

STRUTH, T. (2001). New Pictures from Paradise – Paradise 30. [Online Image] Available from: http://www.thomasstruth32.com/smallsize/photographs/new_pictures_from_paradise/index.html [Last Accessed: March 2017].

STRUTH, T. (1999). New Pictures from Paradise Paradise 15. [Online Image] Available from: http://www.thomasstruth32.com/smallsize/photographs/new_pictures_from_paradise/index.html [Last Accessed: March 2017].