Day Trips

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Over the easter holidays, I managed to go on day trips to Keswick and Maryport. It was two places I had wanted to visit to take photos for my final major project since the start of the semester. I waited until the easter holidays to go as there was a better chance that the weather would be good, and also because I had more days off so I could pick the best day according to weather and travel times.

Keswick is one of my favourite places in England, and with the quiet nature and stunning scenery, it is also a perfect place for me to go to take photographs for my project about the highly sensitive person. The walk around Derwentwater is a gorgeous combination of walking through woodland and enjoying the calm water lakeside. I also ran into a curious little lamb, who was more than happy to pose for a photo before I moved on.

It is a common thing for highly sensitive persons to feel at ease around water, especially a calm lake like Derwentwater, and it is perhaps this that draws me so much towards Keswick. I enjoy sitting by the lake and look at the peaceful movement and the reflections created on the surface of the clear water.

It was also the water that made me go to Maryport. There is something cosy about small seaside towns, and I usually prefer them outside of the season where they are more quiet, as Maryport was on the very windy day when I visited. The wind didn’t stop me from going for a walk on the beach where I stumbled upon several interesting things along the way. Especially the colourful ropes caught my eye.

I have taken the shots I wanted on my day trips, however, I was also hoping to record some of the audio I am going to use for the degree show, but because it was so windy in Maryport there is nothing but noise on the recording. It worked out better in Keswick luckily when I could avoid recording other people talking in the background.

The trips were also a great way for me to get away from Carlisle for a bit as I didn’t have any other plans during the holidays, so all in all, I had some great trips and I would love to visit both places again.

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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.

Another Day – Another Shoot

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I went for another shoot for my final major project today.

For my highly sensitive persons project I have to different approaches to the shoots. One is where I go to a populated and noisy place, and the other is where I go to a quiet place where I am less likely to run into too many people.

These are the two major aspects of the trait I have chosen to focus on, being overwhelmed and needing peace and quiet before dealing with stimulation again.

These are some of my latest photographs for my project, I am still happy with where it is going, and I am planning another shot this weekend.

 

Research Presentation

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This week I did my Research Presentation. It is a presentation where we talk about the research we have done for the Final Major Project, which photographers we have looked at and how we want to expand on the project and work with the research.

As my project is about the highly sensitive person, I talked about the different aspects of the trait and about how it affects people day-to-day lives. I started the presentation by showing the photographs I took in first year when I initially started the project. They only just touch the surface of the subject but are still helpful to my project.

I also talked about some of the photographers I have looked at for inspiration, I talked about William Eggleston, Rinko Kawauchi, Pat Walton and Gergana Petrova. All of these photographers have done projects that have the aesthetic I am hoping to create with my own project.

At the end of the presentation, I showed some of my new photographs for the project and explained that I am currently happy with the progress I have made, and I can’t wait to show everything at the Degree Show.

Overall I am pleased with my presentation, although It could have been more fluent. I had so much I wanted to say about the project, but only 20 minutes to do it in.


This is one of my newest photographs for my project, and I absolutely love it. The way the sunlight disrupts the reflection in the puddle, it is such a great spring photo.


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.


https://sihlmasterclass.com/product/metallic-pearl-high-gloss-photo-paper-290/

Booklet with the church art I have photographed

 

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.