Using photography as a therapeutic tool is often considered to have benefits such as encouraging personal growth, development and the understanding of emotions. Alongside this, the potential to develop an appreciation of the beauty of the world which we inhibit.
Stephanie Murton has pursued this approach within the solitude and seclusion of natural landscapes; using the camera as a therapeutic tool to explore emotions which are both difficult to communicate and understand from the perspective of an individual with autism. In the accompanying photo book, there are additional photographs from the Breakthrough series, with poetry which aims to offer further context into her own perception of life.
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.
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.
The photographs will be mounted and ready for collection on Thursday … and I cannot wait !
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.
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…
What images are going to be shown or exhibited in the Novus show?
I have chosen x5 A2 Photographs to exhibit in the Novus exhibition
I selected Oyster paper, and had a sample of my photography printed on this by a printing company prior to committing to the A2 prints.
I am thoroughly pleased with the high quality printing and the level of detail which has been maintained throughout the printing process; initially hesitant to source an outside printing company, due to the lack of control or input that I would have on the images. On reflection I must admit that I do not regret this decision, and it has developed my confidence in my photography, knowing that the work I am producing is of a wonderful quality, my images can be sent away to be printed – in the future I hope to print more regularly.
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.
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.