Final Lecture

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Today we have had our final lecture. We had visitors in to tell us about the amazing services that are available to us through the university after we graduate. There is obviously the Alumni Association who will keep us up to date with what it going on at the university. They will also let us now about any workshops and opportunities available to us and possibly get in touch if there is anything we can do for the university in terms of giving talks or participate in events. Most important of all the Alumni are arranging the reunions, which really isn’t relevant for another 10-15 years but still exciting.

There is obviously the Alumni Association who will keep us up to date with what it going on at the university. They will also let us now about any workshops and opportunities available to us and possibly get in touch if there is anything we can do for the university in terms of giving talks or participate in events. Most important of all the Alumni are arranging the reunions, which really isn’t relevant for another 10-15 years but still exciting.

The careers service is also available for us to access for up to three years after we graduate. They can help with job interview tips and creating the best CV. They can give advice on different careers and help you work towards our dream job.

We are also able to get advice from enterprise about setting up our own business and everything that goes along with that, tax, payments etc. This is a particularly useful service to have access to as a creative student, also for me as I am possibly going to be doing some event photography, I need to make sure that I have the necessary paperwork in order.

We are very lucky as students of the University of Cumbia to have access to these services and a lot more for free. Some universities do not offer these things, and I think we need to take advantage of them to be able to build the best career for ourselves.


It is such a sad thing to know that this was the last lecture I will have, but at the same time it just opens up a whole new world that I am excited to enter. The next month will be planning and setting up for the Degree Show. Next week I am going to be printing all my photographs, and then we just need to prepare the studios so we can put our work on the walls.

Today we got the floor plan for the Degree Show and I was lucky enough to get the spot that I wanted. I had requested a corner spot and I am very pleased to have this big corner space to fill with my photographs. I am going to have to revise my plan a bit as I will have more space than I expected, but I have plenty of photographs to choose from so I won’t have any problems filling the walls. Our studios will work as a contemporary gallery space with white and grey normal straight walls, but we all get to put our personal touch on it.

It is all about the exhibition from now on, and what I am looking forward to the most is being able to show my work to my family when they visit for the Degree Show. This semester has by far been the best, with a lot of freedom to just work on my project, but I still can’t believe it is all coming to an end.

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Exhibition Booklet

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As part of our Degree Show, we have different responsibilities, my responsibility is designing our exhibition booklet. It needs to contain artist statement from the exhibiting photographers and possibly a foreword as well.

I have been working on finishing it to have it hopefully test-printed this week so I can tweak the spelling and layout before the final print-run. I have struggled to reach everyone, but luckily I am currently only missing statements from two of my classmates.

I have spent a lot of time finalising the design even before receiving any statements, creating the cover and the general layout for the booklet. Another classmate designed the exhibition logo that I then needed to use to create the booklet layout. As the logo in itself was grey I decided to add a bit another colour to the design to make sure it doesn’t look too boring.

This is an example of the layout from the booklet. This is my own pages, complete with name, title, statement, links and photos. I decided on a light blue colour as it was something we suggested for a logo colour at a meeting with the class, it also works well with the various shades of grey from the logo. The background is also a light shade of grey, as I wanted to avoid having it white as it would create too much of a contrast and make the text harder to read.

I experimented with different colours and layouts, but I am quite pleased with the end result (the first photo). The only thing I have really stuck with from the beginning is the cut logo in the corner, I just really liked the idea of the logo appearing on all the statement pages. I am still debating whether or not to keep it, but I will make a decision when I see it in print, it will be easier to tell on paper than on the screen if it really works.

As we decided as a class that we didn’t want a photograph on the cover of the booklet, it was up to me to create a nice eye-catching design. Again I wanted the logo to be the main feature and as it has the name of the exhibition in it there isn’t much need for much other text on the cover. I have used the recurring design with the box and the logo, just the two elements and a bit of text makes up the front page, clean and simple.

Overall, I am happy with my design and can’t wait to see it in print. Now I just hope that the class are pleased with the design as well and we can print the finished booklets soon, after a few tweaks to fix spelling and grammar.

 

 

Final CRIT

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On Friday we had our final CRIT of the semester and the final CRIT of our education at the University of Cumbria.

It was our last chance to get feedback from the lecturer on our Final Major Projects and therefore a very important session.

I had printed out 4 sets of diptychs and two contact sheets with most of my edited photographs on.

As I cannot submit my exhibition layout in the portfolio I have decided to hand in diptychs portraying the good and bad sides of being a highly sensitive person which my project is all about, and diptychs are also a good way of showing that.

It seems to be a returning subject for me to work with the good and the bad sides of things. I like to try to separate the two. Last semester my main project was based on the picturesque and the sublime, whether they could work individually and how they work together. I also did a previous project on the rubbish that is being thrown carelessly on the ground in the Lake District National Park. This was also about taking the bad away from the good, but in a different way. For this project I ended up with double exposures instead of diptychs though.

My CRIT went well and I got some good feedback to be able to finalise my project over the next couple of weeks before handing in my portfolio and then starting to print my photographs for the exhibition. With my contact sheets I, was able to see how my photographs work together put on the wall, and I was quite pleased with how they look. They are colouful, intriguing and works well together. I am considering printing out contact sheets to put in my portfolio as well, I may even try to arrange the photos as I would like to mount them on the wall.

The way I am going to display my work is going to be something close to this:

I like the way the photographs have a sense of continuity and look fluent but still a bit confusing. After the feedback I got from the CRIT I am now planning on having two mp3 players along with my work, one with overwhelming noises and one with pleasant sounds, again the good vs. the bad. I will have room to place the two next to each other as they won’t take up much space. I also realised that the best way of hanging my work will be using pins, even though the photos will be printed full bleed I think that is the best and safest solution.

I am also going to have either one or two spotlights pointed at my work from the ceiling. As I am hoping to make the viewers slightly overwhelmed the light will contribute to that, as the paper I am working with is very reflective, and the viewers may have to move around a bit to be able to see all the photographs due to the glare from the lights.

I have a few more shoots planned over the easter holiday, but I am definitely starting to feel like I am getting there, and I can’t wait to see my work finally on the wall in less than two months.

Exhibition Planning

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Yesterday I received a box of the paper that I am planning on printing my work on for the Degree Show. I am very excited, it is even better than I thought it would be, now I just need to test it out.

I am also getting closer to putting together a markup of how I want my work exhibited. I am taking inspiration from photographers like Wolfgang Tillman and Rinko Kawauchi.

Kawauchi’s installations:

 

Tillmann’s installation:

I like the organised mess on the wall. The structure of the installations that looks professional yet unorganised enough to be intriguing. I am also very drawn to Kawauchi’s use of colours in the first photo, and that is something I would like to replicate in my exhibition.

I am wanting to show my work in a corner, as it will give it a three-dimensional feel, and the viewer can get almost emerged in the work. However, I need to be careful that it doesn’t end op being too heavy and messy to look at. This is why I have chosen some very glossy photo paper that will create a shine if I can get a spotlight pointed at it during the show. This will hopefully brighten up my installation.

I would really like to create an installation that will resemble a stained-glass window of a church. Stained-glass dates back to the 7th century and is a form of art in itself. My family and I have visited churches everywhere we went since I was a child and I always found all the artwork the most fascinating, especially the colourful windows with pictures in them was intriguing for me as a little girl. The church windows usually tell a story, an illustrated story usually taken from the Bible. The artwork in churches, including the stained-glass windows has always been a way to display spiritual or religious preciousness, a way of illustrating one’s belief. Displaying art in churches was one of the first forms of exhibition, and with art also being displayed in palaces it was a sign of wealth, power and knowledge. Later art became more of an attraction and art exhibition was found in places like the circus and marketplaces and the most expensive in private precious exhibitions. Today people associate exhibitions with museums and galleries; paintings and photographs hanging on white polished walls and objects displayed behind a protective layer of glass. I would like to combine the contemporary and the old ways by using the white walls in our studios and also using the visual inspiration from the stained-glass church windows to make my work come together and create a visible experience for the viewers.

I know from photographing artwork at a Danish church that there are certain artists that are known for creating religious art that is then displayed in different churches. It is a different and interesting form of exhibition, but regardless of the settings you are still exhibiting your art. My project is not religious, but if I can make my viewers looked at my work with the same fascination and awe as I looked at those stained-glass church windows as a child it will make me very happy.


The paper I am using is from a brand called Sihl Masterclass. It is not a brand I have come across before, but so far I am very impressed with the quality of the paper, and it has almost exactly the look I am looking for, and I am hoping it will make the colours of my photographs stand out beautifully on the wall.


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Booklet with the church art I have photographed

 

Degree Show Branding and Promotion

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It is our own responsibility to design and distribute promotional materials for our Degree Show, and we are going to need posters, flyers, postcards and business cards to hand out and put up around Carlisle. We have decided on a name for our exhibition and have already set up public profiles on different social media sites to attract as many people’s attention as possible (links at the bottom of this post). Our exhibition is called ‘Open to Interpretation’.

We need to fundraise money to pay for the materials, and as well as fundraising money on our own, we are setting up a crowdfunding page to raise money to spend on the things we will need for our Degree Show; promotional materials, drinks, paint booklets and more. We are currently working on which rewards to offer people for donating money. We are trying to keep the costs at a minimum and I have offered to give private campus tours as a reward. I am looking forward to see if anyone is going to request one as I would love to do this, campus tours are my favourite thing about my Ambassador job.

Another thing we need for the exhibition is a booklet that contains statements and examples of our work. As I have experience in graphic design, because of my Multimedia Design degree, I have been given the task of designing the booklet, and as I am playing with the thought of getting back into the field of graphic design, this is a great opportunity for me to create something I will be proud to show potential employers.

I am working on a very simple design based on the colour of the logo, and I have sought inspiration from the booklets made for the Degree Shows from the two previous years in terms of what to include and how to lay it out.


We had our interim CRIT today, I got a lot of useful feedback and think it overall went really well. I was mostly excited to see my work on the wall for the first time, even if it was just test-prints. One of the suggestions I got was to print the photographs full bleed instead of with borders, and that is definitely something I am going to do as it will look much better and contribute to the overwhelming effect I hope for it to have.

The Degree Show is something I have been looking forward to since I started my degree, and I am very pleased to finally be working towards it.

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Overwhelming?

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During my day in Edinburgh, I took a lot of photographs for my Final Major Project. As Edinburgh is quite a big city I focused mostly on the things that can be very overwhelming to me as a highly sensitive person. It is all the people everywhere, the constant traffic, the different smells, the bright lights from shops and adverts, the tall massive buildings and the noise bouncing between the buildings. It all creates the feeling of being trapped with nowhere to hide or get away to, you almost get withdrawals to being home.

hsp4 hsp7hsp5 hsp6I would like to convey the feeling of being overwhelmed in these photographs. They are triple exposures done in-camera, and I find that they portray the feeling of too many details to take in, it all becomes a bit of a blur. Editing the photographs made my head spin and I had to take a break, so I think I have achieved the effect I was going for. I am not too sure about the last photograph with the horizon, as it almost seems like there is a way out. But then again, there are different levels of stimulations, so maybe it does work?

I have been out for another shoot today, and I can finally begin to see my project taking shape.

Stills Gallery Edinburgh

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I went for a day-trip to Edinburgh on Wednesday. The goal was to explore the city, visit the Stills Gallery and take photographs for my Final Major Project.

The Stills Gallery is a small gallery just off The Royal Mile and at the moment they have two different exhibitions on within the same theme: The Collection Series.

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The first of the exhibitions is photographs from Scotland-based photographer David Eustace’s private collection. The photographs include works by Paul Strand, Edward S Curtis and even a photograph of Marilyn Monroe by Eve Arnold. Especially the old photographs by Edward S Curtis really fascinated me, and also the many different ways of printing the photographs.

The other exhibition is a selection of photographs by Alan Dimmick, who has documented the Scottish culture and way of life for 40 years. The photographs are a collection from different projects and assignments, and Dimmick named them all, over 500 photographs, for this exhibition.

Dimmick’s photographs are simply mounted to the wall with small nails and displayed in a tile pattern.

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It is such a simple but effective way of displaying Dimmick’s collection of over 500 photographs, spread out over two walls. It was so intriguing and overwhelming at the same time. I had to get closer to the wall to see the individual photographs but step further away to get an overview of the works.

I like the idea of displaying photographs in this way, and it is something I am looking into for my own exhibition, although I think my photos will be closer together. As I would like for the viewers to feel a bit overwhelmed when looking at my photographs, I need to do something along the lines of this. Having a lot of smaller photographs close together will create a sense of organised chaos, and I am hoping to be able to add sound and lights to it as well.

I really enjoyed the exhibition, it is the second time I have visited The Stills Gallery, and I have walked away very inspired both times, it is definitely worth a visit!