I collected the photographs from the framers this afternoon ahead of hanging the imagery tomorrow for the exhibition, I photographed three of the five images which I am aiming to display to highlight the quality and that it is to a good standard and it’s really satisfying and empowering to view your photography in print, a physical encounter, rather than on a digital screen. Digitally viewing photographs really does not evoke a response as much as seeing the print framed does.
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…
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.
I received the Vistaprint business cards sample pack today; it is great to view the different sorts of business cards that this company creates; especially to consider when creating my business cards as well as for future circumstances where I may want to update my design.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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’.
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
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
It is bad for your health and is a wasted energy
Sometimes life can feel like you are walking
But no matter the difficulties
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
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
Although we visit there no longer
My connectivity to nature only grew
Just a snippet of some of the stories
We have shared together
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
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?
Today I walked outside into the wild
Taking a deep breath in
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
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.
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.
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