Creative Review Gradwatch 2017

I am so grateful that Creative Review spotted my work at the Degree Show this year. They kindly gave me a feature on their website and Instagram page.

If you have the time check it out and have a look at what else they were inspired by. 

https://www.creativereview.co.uk/gradwatch-highlights-lcc-design-degree-show/

Manipulation Development

I felt that my images could be more stronger within the manipulation. I took the circular shape I was initially using and made a duplicated reflection of the same image.

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I thought they were more interesting to look at, as well as still being able to see all of the details of the photograph. I liked they idea of seeing the shapes outline. I did create some visuals that did not show this and felt that the reflection seemed slightly off and not connected.

How I am currently working is based on how the photograph is structured. Some looked better with more negative spaces than others and vice versa.

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My next plan is to play around with colour and shapes. Since I am focusing on a theme that involves emotions, colour is significant to set a nostalgic mood.

Fonts

After reviewing the work I have done so far, I have decided to chose one diary instead of using text from a range as this would make more sense when displaying the images. Since then I have been working on putting the right image with the right text. I did not want the text to be completely random. Although it would have still had a wildlife and explorer feel, I felt that the text should link to what is shown.

So I have been looking more at individual words from the diary, as well as developing on font and colour.

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I have also tried making some words larger.

Visually the work with a paragraph of text with enlarged words looks pleasing but I am uncertain of having much text as it might be a lot for the audience to take in. Therefore I began to cut down on this and playing with sentences.

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The idea was to have fonts that gives us a reminder of an old diary. The initial idea was to use a type writer font that is still readable. For the image just above, I played with another font that had a bigger weight and was more dynamic in shape. However I felt this to be quite distracting. The colour I do like because it was influenced be the colour palette of the photo.

The image with the blue text was another experimentation with colour. Because I was focusing more on earthy colours, I wanted to try with brighter ones.

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When you hear the word zoo?

I came to a standstill because I was unsure if I wanted to just showcase the photos or add text with them. I had to think of things that linked or reminded me of the zoo. I began to think of it’s history and the types of people that work there or have had an impact on discovering new findings.

I decided to find diaries written,and quotes, by explorers or zoologist and take out sections to place with my photos. A mood is set when the naturalistic image with text that involves an adventure or facts/opinions about the outside world.

 

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Jason Lazarus

Jason Lazarus’ installation, Too Hard To Keep immediately caught my attention because of the name. Lazarus started an archive of photos that were too hard to look at but too hard to destroy. He collected photographic material from participants who had this type of memory.

Some physically show the difficulty, as they are taken from their original narrative contents, or display a hard time in someone life and even torn to crop a person out. But yet the owner cannot throw the material away. Us as the viewer, we come at a stand still as we try to understand the meaning behind each photo.

The layout of the installation gives the thousands of photos its own attention and there is flow. And having the objects in there original form make it more personal and unique in there own form.

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