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/

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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.

The Photographers’ Gallery

The Photographers’ Gallery is dedicated to photography and has collection from the latest to historical artist.

We visited Roger Mayne’s exhibition that includes his work from the 1950s and 1960s. It involves communities from London and outside the capital. He manages to capture street life as well as range of dynamic angles and abstract forms of urban environments.

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The visit to this gallery made me think more on the idea of why today’s society has an interest in old photos. I have seen many street photography that includes people but it does not give me that same feel as I do when look at vintage material. I believe everyone has a collection of old photographs that have a great meaning to them personally. There may be some that do not. However, in perhaps 50 years they will worth a lot.

This is why in the class of this workshop, we were taught not to think so much when we go out to shoot. Because no matter what you photograph is will hold some sort of memory that is different to something digitally produced. Film is personal because it is something that can be stored in a more physically way.

We also visited another exhibition by Diane Lixenberg. Her images were powerful because they were printed on a large scale and were all shot by film. It amazed me how possible it was to create sharp images in the dark room and not digitally.

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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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The Zoo and It’s Textures

The zoo is home to thousands of species from different parts of the world. This means their habitat will vary from one another. I am intrigued by the enclosures and mixture of elements that are in the animals homes. The focus will be on pattern and texture.

Beforehand, I was simply taking photos of the enclosures but I felt that the sections could be cropped to emphasise the theme of patterns and textures. I have altered to the colour so that it has earthy tone which also gives an ageing effect.

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