Self-Reflection (Final Post).

I felt that on completion of this assignment it is important to reflect on how I have thought the assignment has progressed. Prior to writing my proposal I was uncertain of which direction to explore; the original idea was interested in advertising; however not being entirely sure with the direction that I intended for the work to progress, I decided it would be more beneficial to rethink my ideas — and I have not regretted this decision. I have explored landscape with different ideas and processes, arriving at a high quality, well executed body of photographic work which I can easily explain. The use of image and text has begun the process whereby I can begin to try and express myself in a ways which I, and hopefully others can also understand or relate to.
Furthermore my printing and paper handling has developed significantly, as a result my confidence has increased, I feel indepedent, empowered and in complete control in the printing and paper handling of my photographs, which is a wonderful feeling and experience.
I am pleased with the professional development which has been made on this assignment. However my development is not limited only to university, but the skills and knowledge I am aquiring as well as the photographic series that I am producing can be applied within a professional environment as well as the skills can be built upon in my independent time. I have learnt how prepare photographs for exhibition, when they are framed you need to attach mirror plates to the frames; once this is complete you can begin to measure the space where you intend to hang the photographs. Using a spirit level (which I haven’t before) you accurately ensure that the images will be hanging accurately and straight upon the wall. I am pleased with my knowledge and practical development, here are some examples of my work now …
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Exhibition hung on in the Novus 17 show.
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Exhibition hung on in the Novus 17 show.
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Exhibition hung on in the Novus 17 show.
The exhibition is now hung on the wall and awaiting the opening night this Friday. I cannot wait, it is easy to see that many people have tried extremely hard with their photographic projects and this is reflected in their work which is upon the wall.

Hanging the photography for the Novus exhibition

Hanging the photography for the Novus exhibition
Hanging the photography for the novus exhibition
Hanging the photography for the Novus exhibition

Although it is slightly difficult to see the photographs due to the reflections, my imagery is now mounted onto the wall space for the opening night of the Novus Photography exhibition on Friday 5th May. 

I have learnt a great deal about what is required to prepare and complete an exhibition. I am thoroughly proud of how the work has come together. 

Framing – What Decision?

What framing style did I decide to choose?

I visited a local framers this morning; after viewing their extensive collection of framing samples, the decision was made to pursue my original intention, which was to select a black frame.

Furthermore I decided upon an ‘artic white’ mount, rather than a cream-white mount, this provides the photographic series with a clean, crisp finish as well as adding an additional layer to the image encounter, drawing people into view the photograph.

 

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The photographs will be mounted and ready for collection on Thursday … and I cannot wait !

Framing Sampling

I decided to utilise Adobe Express ipad app, to gain an insight, or sampling of the different frames and how they would appear on my selected photographs… below are some sample frame ideas.

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After much reflection, I have decided that a black frame (as seen below) with white mounts suit the photographs collectively… I am due to visit the framers tomorrow, to drop the A2 images off, I will see what options the framers offer at this moment I am intent on using black frames…

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Vistaprint Business Cards

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I opted to create my own business cards, for the sole purpose of showing my online portfolio. I selected a 250 pack of folded business cards; although this is not a high-quality preview, vistaprint do not provide a high quality sample in case customers decide to print at home, which would take business away from vistaprint…

I feel this design and layout is effective as it is eyecatching, informative and supports the work which I shall exhibit on the wall.

Now I am awaiting the arrival of these cards, they shall be delivered during this upcoming week.

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 Post-Production Process

This process, although simplistic was applied to all of the photographs which have been selected for exhibition and book presentation; the principle works extremely effectively at creating an escapism, a new location.

The intention was to complete as much of the work as possible, in camera. Therefore ensuring the settings, exposure, lighting, etc is a close to final as possible was intrinsic to remove the requirements of lengthy post-production in Adobe Photoshop.

The photograph process includes:

  • Initially opening the images in camera raw to adjust any settings in a non-destructive manner.
  • Remove Chromatic Aberration.
  • Enable Profile Corrections – to ensure any lens distortion is corrected.
  • Open the photographs into photoshop as Smart Objects; for quick linking to and editing of the saved camera raw settings.
  • Open the images in Photoshop.
  • Changing the blend mode to overlay.
  • Save the photograph file in the appropriate format.

Below are a few examples of this process.

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Ωzz Making adjustments.
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Dehazing the photograph.
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Opening the photograph in camera raw.
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Editing For MG_7327 & MG_7393.
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Photo-Shoot #5 Edits & Reflection.

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Upon reflection of these image edits:

  • Collectively the photographs are aesthetically striking.
  • Careful camera control (Iso, Shutter speeds, Aperture, Exposure).
  • They contain a wide depth of field, with lots of details.
  • Compositionally intriguing images, aided by use of tripod when necessary.
  • Beginning to find my speciality as a photographer, and knowing why I am taking these photographs; as a journey of self discovery provides me with the ability to argue an opinion successfully.
  • Wonderful tonal ranges and pastel/autumnal colours.
  • Being within the environment has enabled the opportunity for reflection / thought.
  • Naturally shot, utilising solely daylight.