Sequencing has been a problem throughout, I originally just throwing my dummy books together. It was only after I did my final few sequences after I had finished shooting I really started thinking about it.
Because of the variety of images I had I thought it was better to have them in threes. I would start with a standard studio one followed by a location one, then finally I would finish with one of my high key idealistic portraits. Though I did use objects or double page portraits as breaks throughout the book. I started off with approximtly 64 photos that I thought counted an narrowing them down!! But I eventually after having to be cruel about my work cut them down to 30 Images in final that I was positive I wanted to use!
I have had such a hard time trying to narrow down my photos for the photo book. I haven’t wanted to waste any of my work. If I could have done my book would have had 300 photos not 30… I have ended up with so many beautiful photos of Jess and some pretty comic ones. But no one wants to look at a book that long of the same face unless they know the person the books about.
I am planning to do something with my left over photos I want Jess to be able to have something to look back on. As I never realised how big this project really was until I looked at all the images I still have left over and barely glanced at twice. But I see this really has been such a big project that has taken so much to develop into the final stage that I am now at.
Recently I have been thinking a lot into how I wish to exhibit my work. I do have a massive space in which to work with it is approximately 4 meters wide then pretty much floor to ceiling. I just want to exhibit my studio work from this year. As if you want the full project the book will say that not a few prints I find.
So I want 3-4 prints, starting from definitely A1 possibly A0 down to A2 or A3 for the three main prints I will be doing. Then for my own amusement I will be almost hiding a small A4 or 6×4 print of Jessica’s first time in the studio. This shot was taken with lighting and everything in the shot, it was just to look and record what my studio set up was. And I have never seen anyone more terrified in my life! She looks so small, scared and young so I think it will be the perfect image despite how small it will be. It will make a big impact on my work. I will soon add sketches to this blog to show what my intentions are…
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…
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!!
The title has been troubling me for as long as I can think of. And it has taken so many revises to get it right. It turns out it is a disaster at first, the ridiculous names that I thought of at the time. Wether I was joking or being serious I could not believe some of the ideas I was coming out with. But like watching the work develop the title develops to.
I had no solid idea I was getting ideas from memoirs of Jess to The models Degree… all terrible and unfitting really. I kept asking tutors and friends for any ideas and panicking that a title was not coming to me. It is a lot of trial and error and even more panic that it will forever be known as Untitled.
It really only became apparent after giving Jess twenty questions about the project and looking at what words or combination of words represented what she was feeling. She felt so many things over this project and the two things that stuck out to me were Body confident and Nostalgic..
I was unsure which one to work with first but though this is really a time lapse in photos, so I started with nostalgic. I started and finished with Synonyms, which in itself started a whole other list of words and phrases and more elimination for me. But really it was the like yesterday that stuck for me. I have felt myself saying was only yesterday a lot at the moment. It has only been five minutes since Jess was saying goodbye to me after coming with my parents to move me into halls. And seeing these photos come together I have found it difficult trying to work out how little she looks in photos from only a couple of years ago, especially when it does not even feel that long.
So this title I find is perfect and it fits so well with my sequence.
Over the last couple of weeks I have been looking at various websites to find free paper samples to get an idea of what I want to print my photo book on. Flyer alarm has so far sent me the most useful sample booklet. It has shown me all sports of papers from metallic to textured paper. I have the problem now that there are several paper types that I want to look at with my prints. I also have to think about if the university printing facilities, do they possibly have the same or similar printing paper that could be more cost efficient. As another problem I have had with paper costs is that they can be extortionate. Which is a flaw with this company the samples are great and have so many options to consider, but what will work best for my book.