The final month.

I now have 1 month and a day till the final submission. It is odd to think this is the final push for university, and the fun part that my to do list no matter how much I do it doesn’t seem to want to go down. I still have a lot to consider for my final work and to get it ready for the exhibition. There are some parts of my work that I will be leaving for another couple of weeks to complete.

The CRS (critical reflective summary) which I have two of will be getting done pretty much last minute. As I feel how can I reflect on all my work If I am still adding work in. Although I will be adding the finishing touches to my work after I have completed the CRS I want to essentially done bar a bit of house work around the edges.

This week I am looking to get my book sequence finalised and send off for my photo book. This will be a few late nights in the library for me, trying to balance work with extra shifts and my uni work has been proving both entertaining and tiring.  I just have to keep reminding myself that it is almost the end, and this time next year I will be missing uni terribly.

But overall it is all slowly coming together and I feel good about my work this year which does make a change. And have actually enjoyed using this blog as a way of doing my work! It has been different from what we are use to which has made a change. And makes me wanna keep blogging about things after uni…

 

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Thinking about what’s next…

One thing third year comes with besides the worry of the dreaded dissertation and final project/ exams is what’s next?! All you get asked is what are you doing when you graduate?

Honest answer- celebrating!! Usual answer- not a clue!! What they want us to say- I have it all mapped out and here’s the diagram to prove it!!

As nice as it would be to have no student over draft, a job and perfect house to move into.. truth is it doesn’t happen for many. My mum has been asking for months so what you doing and my answer if moving back in hasn’t been her ideal answer. It was only recently that I managed to get out of one dead end job and land a good one!! Is it anything to do with my degree well.. no it really isn’t. But is it pretty much a graduate job I say yes.

BUT all that aside what is really the perfect answer to the big question of what next… Personally I don’t want to think about what is next. My main concern has been and will be till my deadline is how am I gonna fit all this work in before it is due to a passable quality!! That really should be the answer, when I have a clue we will answer the question.

The idea of what do we do next is terrifying, I mean we joke about it amongst ourselves but really anyone who says they have it 110% together is totally lying to themselves and everyone around them haha. Like no one can tell you anything that will chill you out, recently my partner tried the cliche one chapter ends another begins and we talk about all the stuff we want to happen in the future. Which does occasionally calm you down when you think about all the stuff you can go on and do.

We eventually work out even a draft plan and idea of it can get you through, but it is really like how you’ve got through the past 3 years just wing it and hope for the best!!

Last tutorial.

This week also saw my last one to one tutorial, after so much trial and error with my work I had a final sequence I was happy with. The start of the week saw my last shoot done and dusted, then a very long evening through to morning in the library.

I had got to a sequence I was happy with and added in that latest shoot, I also had tried to print the work relatively similar to the sizes I want to print in the final print.  We talked about adding in extra photos to pages that looked dull with only one image on or adding multiple images like a collage. At this point I was little skeptical to the idea of change this late in the day, but I do have time to add more photos in and see how I find them.

Another point that was brought to my attention was image size and quality. My origional thinking was that all the images had to be same size and placed in such order. Whereas the new idea now is three large prints ranging from A1-A3 stuck in some order but not uniformed. And lastly a small A5 print from first year that is almost hidden. In said image it was Jess’ first time in the studio and that is apparent by her terrified expression, which I think would fit both nicely and humorously.

But overall it was a nice official last tutorial, I left feeling happy about the work I had shown with only small things to consider which did make a even nicer change!! I will not miss the what feels like project re-write every single tutorial. :’)

Planning my last shoot…

Because my last shoot didn’t go as well as planned, I have decided to to another I did not want to have to shoot again. But this shoot I have decided I want to use it to add more images to my final photo book.

But this time I wanna change up the way I photograph her ideal side. Instead of the more body focused voyeuristic style to it, I wanna brighten the colours and do a genuinely pretty shoot. I want to make this shoot more fun and will be including props in this one as I haven’t done before in this project. I want to see if I can incorporate a fun side to the ideal, but only use a maximum of three images in the final edit.

I don’t feel anymore would work and am unsure if the last shoot will fit into the narrative I am trying to make. But either way I think if the shoot goes how I want to then I would like to use them as a final print for my work exhibition. I still want to be able to show her in a way that isn’t over sexualised, more beauty shots and vibrant colours.

Keith Lovegrove- Pageant: The beauty contest.

This work looks at the behind the scenes at all varieties of pageants, he has collected work from all around to create this book. It is almost his the good, the bad and the ugly. He shows us the world we hear so much about but don’t really see as much as we think we do. From the tears to the backstage horrors.

He shows us the world of vanity and backwards morals an opinions. But leads it into the alternative pageants, the best lady boy or drag queen!

So focusing on the whole book and looking at every one’s different definitions of idealistic beauty, he shows how everyone’s ideals are different from others. He wanted a well rounded view on this world of glam and glitz in all it’s forms.

We live in a world that is based on who looks best, and pageants are an extension of that. He has captured this idea of beauty in it’s most exaggerated form and how women strive to be Miss Universe for example. But why is it we only ever pay attention to the big end pageants, why do all the others get so ignored. And he shows all sides of it he doesn’t want any of them going unnoticed.

Michal Chelbin- Strangely Familiar.

Looking into travelling performers, this book has it all. From different cultures to different generations. He doesn’t just document one type he wants to show all aspects of their lives. The side we never see.

He uses a simple set up in his photo book, with both black and white images and colour. He doesn’t bleed his images across the whole page, but likes to show as much of them and lets them fill as much as the page with simple titles that tell us who is in the image or where they are.

His work shows the real life side that we never consider. There is no stereotypical images that cloud your judgement, if you didn’t read his description at the start it would take you a while to understand what you were looking at. I find that could be a good tactic there is so much surrounding this that people judge and categorise the people living that life. Which takes away the focus from the work so leaving it minimalist means they look at the raw work not filled with description.

 

Doug Doubois- My last days as seventeen.

This guy has gone and photographed the youth of an Irish town, he has mixed both portraits and spontaneous encounters and collaborative performances. His photo book is simple and to the point.

He has found a stereotypical council estate style town. That has fallen down and the youth seem to be caught up in this. He mainly looks at the kids- adolescents they seem to mimic a trend that follows on from their parents, with a very 90’s vibe to both the style and location.

He has been selective in what he shows, but not selective in how he shoots. He talks about his spontaneous encounters and to me this makes the work better. He has captured them in the most natural way, he hasn’t forced the encounter or for them to perform for the camera. Even his collaborative work they have chosen how they want to be photographed it is their decision so not a forced performance they are giving him.