Again I have done another shoot at a Casino gig. This was based in a different venue and with different lights. Also I looked at creating stronger imagery and using different angles to before. These are the images I created of Casino and their support Blue Nation.

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Blue Nation

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Extra Curricular Task

A task I was given for my assignment was to create a series of images that was based on something that I do outside of university. As I had already used my key past time before and my other past time was based in a location where photography isn’t allowed, I decided to focus on drawing.

This is something that I do quite often so to relax me and encourage my artistic skills and imagination. This is also a tool that I would like to incorporate in my artwork more often either through drawing or graphic design. Due to this I documented my steps through it by the use of my camera and print screens. These are my final images that I captured.

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Influenced – Music

To help me get through my university work I found that I work better when listening to music. From this I resorted to some old stuff that I hadn’t heard for ages. These were:

Nine Inch NailsThe Hand That Feeds

This was based on the tone, the way in which the tune can change from one style to another yet still have the one set theme throughout, like being a dance song with a rock theme. This makes you think about how the art is portrayed.

The lyrics are also encouraging

“when you are telling me,

can you get up off your knees,

are you brave enough to see,

do you wanna change it”

Although you only taking in something that is using one of your sense at the times. You mind is registering it so that it spurs you on to gets through it. Which at times is all you need!

Guns ‘n’ RosesSweet Child of Mine

They’re album Appetite for Destruction is iconic it has a sense of having a good time feel while being grungy and dirty at the same time. It is an album based on iconic songs. This is due to having their own style, the smoothness so that the different features work well together. The mellow-ness from being mainly instrumental so that they don’t run in to what you are thinking and start writing them. It also runs like a poem in many like with Sweet Child o’ Mine, which works well as a narrative and even more so alongside the video. Which uses a set tone so to be uplifting while dark at the same time. It gives a story that means one thing yet at the same time can mean something different to someone else. The imagery is also simplistic so that there is a main feature like with just Slash playing his guitar, in the song it’s just his instrumental and in the video it is just him away from the world. Making it the main focus. Which is key to photography also.

Foo FightersBreakout

This is one of my favorite songs, a song I can relate to. This was due to the person Dave Grohl, the vocalist and main character. Is based on something that I used to be like, someone who was always quiet, never said anything, never spoke to many people as I was too shy. However, like in the song I snapped in the end and thought what’s the point I only live once I would rather been seen as being strange, hyperactive etc and actually enjoy myself be happy being me than care about what others think. From this I grew in confidence and I still am growing. Although at times I do lack confidence it has become clearer even to me that I am now a much happier person who feels more comfortable in myself and around people. Someone who is much happier with their life as it is now more fulfilled as I am prepared to try new stuff and not afraid to jump in feet first with something. However, when I do feel like I haven’t got my full confidence, shy or afraid to try something this video is always available to show me, remind me how it is a sort of reminder that I can do anything and how life is better from it.

Papa roachNo Matter What

A song based on different tempos; here it had a dark sound, a way of fighting through bad times yet sticking together. It is a mellow sounds for them, yet in it the song when reminiscing on the bad times and facing problems it has more of a mellow reminiscent sound. Compared to the fighting being more of an upbeat tempo. This I though was creative and gave me ideas of how I could create set pieces of imagery.

However, what set out most on this album is that being live, they encourage the viewer more I what they do by getting them to join in. A feature I feel is key to getting people interested in your work. They do it though by telling people what to think and how to feel… an interesting feature to use.

LostprophetsIt’s Not The End of The World

A song with key lyrics when after watching the video based on how art needs to link with what is happening at the moment but also make sense n the future. This song reminded me of it. As throughout time, especially recently, after this song and video was created. These words stick out of

“It’s not the end of the world now baby,

So come on dry those tears,

It’s not the end of the world now darling,

But I can see it from here”

Something people say regularly and frequently, too much of sometimes, their world is going to end because something hasn’t gone right for them. It’s like the world is coming to the end because of how dark it has suddenly gone from the weather etc.

Yet as shown in the video, which mimics the 9/11 attacks, the people’s worlds have come to an end and people (the band) still carry on. This made me think of how people on regular basis lose someone/something they love yet still carry on because they have to, because they have strength, it’s the way the world works. Whether it is down to illness or down to someone/something else you have to.  This is something people have always done, do and will do, just like the meaning of art.

The Black Out Boom Shake Shake The Room

No matter how embarrassing some songs can be the tunes are still always good party time songs that make you feel upbeat, energized whenever you need uplifting from what ever is happening.  Just because they always remind you of a good time and due to the feel to them you can’t help but be upbeat and have to join in. This is an impact that I find interesting to include in art. Something I’d like to try in my imagery.

New!

Alongside the old stuff I also heard the new stuff of:

Kids in Glass Houses

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Since their last album In Gold Blood, I hadn’t really listened to much of Kids In Glass Houses songs as they wasn’t played so much on the radio. However, when I heard that they had a new song out I decided to buy it as I’m love the different tones that each album seem to hold that I have come to expect with Welsh bands in particular. This was the case with the new song Drive.

The first time I heard them was when they had out the album Dirt out with some of their most known songs on. Yet I got into most when I saw them perform support for Stereophonics around releasing the album as a celebration for the Millennium Stadium being opened in Wales.  This gave them the standards of which I come to expect them to reach, for me to be impressed with their songs.

The new song Drive reached this, starting off with low tone like it was going to be a ballad but hinting at more to come from the enthusiasm in the vocalist’s voice. This lead into a sudden upbeat playing with the instruments and vocals with high-pitched turnings yet still sounding tuneful although different to previous songs. The part that I found most strange yet interesting was how the lyrics seemed to hold a contradictory turn compared to the tune. The lyrics were more of a dark appeal, being harmed and hurt by the one they love. Being in a dark place where they are feeling low and haven’t got anything left to live for. There life is terrible as it can get yet. At the same time the sound was upbeat, hyper and conjured up the image of having a good time at a party, laughing, enjoying yourself with people you love while the song being blasted out the speakers till late. A confusion in the mind of all thee different moods and feeling being felt all at once, a sense of good and bad. Yet at the same time they work well together to create a musical tone.

This I felt worked well together and although is darker compared to the previous albums it encapsulates a lot in one song. Makes me excited to hear the rest of the album.

The Rolling Stones

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A legendary band, the Rolling Stones, have been round for many decades now. Most of which they had their songs as being number 1’s and are still classed as being iconic now such as Gimme Shelter and Jumping Jack Flash. Recently though they had a new album GRRR! With the song Doom and Gloom on it, this had much of an anticipated comeback.

The song started off with a in your face outburst by Ronnie Woods guitar, quickly joined by Mick Jagger’s vocal. Tunefully coming together to give a high melodic tone as Jagger speaks of financial implications and how the media only advertise the doom and gloom. Yet all they want is to have a good time and enjoy themselves, not get tied down by the bad stuff.

This I found to be iconic and interesting as it relates to what is going on throughout economy at the moment yet while hearing it. You hear the same strong and tones from Mick Jagger as you do on his past songs when younger. Meaning although it is clear about here and now all you envisage is the band performing the song on stage when being years younger.

This was a nice sound to hear as it meant that although time moves on you could keep that tone and having a good time as you did when young without it going wrong for you. I feel that the song is still of the standards expected and that the Rolling Stones still have that spark that they had when they first reached the heights of their career.

Stereophonics

Stereophonics are one of the bands that are underestimated bands in my opinion. Throughout their time they have had many number 1 albums however they are mainly known for their only number 1 single Dakota. I think this is due to them not being classed with all the other songs that they have done and had do well in the charts over their 16-year career. As with each album they have a new tone that always holds a surprise to listeners. This was the same with the new album Graffiti On The Train.

A usually pop sound to the album’s, which has gone darker over time, has reached an all-new level of darkness for them. With a sense of anthemia feel to the sound, a theatrical feel with high influences of James Bond films throughout.

The songs have a sense of mellowness, creates a relaxed feel when listening which adds a haunting chill from the instruments of the band, orchestra and Adam Zindani’s backing vocals plus guitar playing, especially on solo’s. With so much going on it is busy yet not overdone, just enough so that you feel energized yet calm at the same time. Creating a mix of emotions for the listener.

The key part that sticks out to me alongside the sound is the strength of the narrative told by Kelly Jones. The feel of the story conjured up in your head just from the instruments, the feel of sinking on the solo. The actions happening, along with being able to envisage them in your mind from how simple yet clear the story is created that for a few minutes you feel like you are watching a short film

This I feel is another strong album from the band yet although they do musically interesting and creative album. This one feels to me as though it has hit a new level to previous albums as if they are growing from strength to strength so far in their career.

It influences me in how it shows me how effective using a narrative can be, the clearness and captivation it holds. How key the imagination can be as a tool in art and how the different emotions can be combined together to make such strong bold work that is eye-catching whether visual or through sound.

Thirty Seconds to Mars

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My first introduction to this album was hearing the song Up In The Air that showed a new direction for the band. A song that made me wonder as it took me some time to get into it however after a few listens I was caught by it. Although an introduction to the up and coming album I could not work out what the album would hold. A sense of pop maybe?

No instead it has a sense of darkness from mainly an instrumental, orchestral introduction based on birth of the album. Soon sent into a level of pop, dance song with a rock tone to it. Holding a sort of strength throughout the songs, like they are against a war, taking everything on as an army together. So to combat the bad and make everything good being led by band, fronted by Jared Leto. All of which is told as a story, that are reminiscent of the past but now telling them as looking back and as a story to the followers of how the fight from being lost and not having much to becoming someone, doing something with his life. How he has won a fight set upon many people in their lives.

This is a key album to influencing me as something that is key in 30 Seconds to Mars work is all based on encouraging people to do better to out-do themselves and go as far as they can. It encourages the listener to do better, no matter what life throws at you if you hold onto your faith in yourself and those who you look to you can get through it all. From having nothing to having the world and everyone looking to you. So long as you want something enough you can grab it with both hands, you just need to keep at it and believe in yourself.

When finding new music to listen to I was introduced to “Of Monsters and Men” by a friend, until this point I had not listened to their music as they were not a band who stood out to me. However, as I was looking for new music I decided to give them a chance. From this I found that there music wasn’t as I expected it. I was expecting it to be more of a mellow quiet sound. Instead it turned out to be a lively, upbeat music that had a cheerful affect on me. From this I learnt that the best way to find new styles is from seeking others opinions as it could also impact and that deciding on something from a cover is not the best option.

Live

Although I like going to music events and I have been involved in many gigs. Something that didn’t really didn’t stand out to me was going clubbing. This was due to how music being usually a key source and club scene music being looked down on by music. However, for a friend’s birthday I decided to try this. Instead I found that clubbing wasn’t as bad as I expected. Instead people were more interested in having a good time together and getting along than how the music sounded which was in fact enjoyable. This makes me consider that I should in fact be more prepared to try new things more often.

Letter 2

Dear Deana,

I have been busy recently due to the changes in my life. However, I am doing well, there is a lot to get use to but I seem to be doing ok with that luckily. I know I had so much I planned to get done in the space of the year and I have got quite a bit of it done surprisingly.

Photography has taken up a lot of my time both educationally and outside. I tend to be going out doing a shoot close to each weekend if I am able to on top of doing all my assignments. I also have plans for shoots to do in the holiday time these are both locally and a bit further a field. I am doing well! I will soon have an even larger range of imagery to choose from at this rate. This is even better for me as I sometimes have this as a way of meeting up my friends from college if I don’t have much free time.

University is going well also, some of the assignments I have done before so I got to spend more time just working on making them better really. Although there were still some glitches, they are better to what they were before. Also I have learnt some new stuff and try stuff that I haven’t done before plus some lovely cameras.

However, I still manage to have time to enjoy myself and do other things. I am still spending a lot of time involved in music, which is going well with being interpreted into my photography more. I’ve also tried teaching myself to play my guitar. Also I’ve managed to do quite a bit of drawing compared to what I usually do and some graphic design.. I am doing well! So really all is going well.

Other than that I am still into my sports quite a bit but not as much as I had planned to be this past year. Nor have I managed to get back into my drawing but there’s still next year for them to join the list. I have got more into films though and have watched more this past year than in the whole of my life I think. It is fun though.

I still have so much that I plan to do and want to do but I have done quite a bit so far I guess so it’s a good start. Just got to look forward to all the stuff I’ve got coming up. On the bright side though although I wasn’t organized at the beginning, I have become organized at least in this last term. Think it’s due to having little time free compared to usual; it means I tend to be able to focus better. I’m going to stay organized though. Hopefully I will be able to if I try hard enough.

Any way, back to everything I’ve got to do now. Speak soon

Banksy?

On my way home I noticed this image graffitied on the wall by the bus stop.  This reminded me of Banksy’s work although I am not sure that it is his work or not. 

ImageThe part that I found interesting though was that although it may be a piece of work that could be iconic. yet people tend to walk past it easily as if it either isn’t there or just a piece  that tarnishes the area although it may be art.

 

Influenced – Watched

T.V.

Iron Maiden

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Tonight I watched a music documentary on BBC 4 that was based on Iron Maiden. Here they spoke about being on tour and having battle through difficulties such as storms in time, so to perform to their fans while also documenting what they were up to through media. This included them having their own private photographer on tour with them who captured their trip. This interested me, as music is the main type of photography that I am interested in. However, with knowledge I have I never considered really how much you have to be on the ball so to get the imagery plus how much you have to think on your feet. In tern from viewing this program I learnt and had my eyes open to the photography and music in a different aspect that would be something I would have not thought about as much before.

FilmsInglorious Bastards

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After watching East Asian films for my assignment, I decided to watch the film Inglorious Bastards directed by Quentin Tarintino. This film was mainly in German but also had parts that were English that added a mix been the two. I found it interesting though as it showed features that made you think about what people had to do to survive such as turning their backs on what they believed. As well as also looking at how people manage to also stay honest to their beliefs.

The most interesting part that stood out to me with this film though was that how whenever looking at history or being taught it. It is mainly shown as what was happening in Germany at the time and how they dealt with it with the exception of artifacts such as Anne Frank’s diary. However, the film portrayed the Jewish standing up for them selves.

Fight Club

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Some of the most interesting films have been one’s that make no sense at first or you have to watch a few times so to make sense of it. One of these films being Fight Club, a film based on fighting or so it seems! The main fight in this is theoretical; it is based on fighting your own demons. Having a split personality, not being strong enough to lead, be individual, think for yourself so you turn into a sheep and get lost in the crowd, end up in trouble and hurt people.

This is key in society everywhere these days as so many are based on following the trend and fitting in instead of being themselves. Just so they will be accepted as people who dare to be different are shown to be weird like Lady Gaga. However, this film focuses on the elephant in the room. They tackle the issue of having a hidden illness such as hearing voices and tackling them. Although the film is based on theoretical behavior throughout, in the end it all comes clear as this being the main problem behind it all. When the issue is tackled the truth comes out and the loved one stays close. Showing that having a hidden illness is something that shouldn’t be hidden from the one’s you’re close to as they will still see you and see it through to the end with you. No matter what your mind tells you will happen.

Italian Job

An interesting piece of art to watch is the original film Italian Job, with economics being the way they are at the moment with year in year out being a recession. The film although one of the greats relates to the time of now, again like art’s meaning. However, it focuses on a way of Britain being strong that they can get through it by people working together, probably not by following the same route as the characters in the film. However, the film looks at the recession in a humorous way and focuses on the portrayal on how important countries are. This is through interesting shots of different angles, length but the part that sticks out is the colours. How throughout a typical bank heist film, it holds such a high patriotic feel with some of the most inventive catch phrases used everyday. Showing more of a respect and love for a country although it isn’t doing well the people are still proud to belong.

iTunesU

For a way of learning I was told by my lecture to look at Itunes U educational piece so to find resources to encourage my way of learning. This is a tool where speakers have discussions on different subjects such as Art. From this I found 3 different discussions that I felt linked in with my work at the time. These are:

Carter Ratcliff – The Point of Art

Lynne Tillman – Words Are Images, Too

Eleanor Heartney – Art Today: Tales of Plastic Surgery, Genetically Altered Rabbits, and Other Acts of Art

In Carter Ratcliff’s talk he spoke about what is art and what isn’t art so to explain the point in it. It said that art couldn’t be understood. It is something that has different meanings whenever you look at it. It also holds a sense of the history of art yet when viewed in the future it also relates what is happening at the time. This is due to them having a sense of individualism. Pieces of work that aren’t art are propaganda features. This is because they are created for a purpose with an objective in mind. So when the reason behind it is over they no longer have any link to what is happening and don’t link to the past. Just like something that is brought to put on a wall is only made so to be pretty so isn’t art. This is due to both propaganda and decorative pieces removes art meaning.

The second piece is Lynne Tillman’s Words Are Images, Too. I chose to look at this piece, as photography is a different way of looking at texts such as stories. Also I have an understanding of the use of words in art through graphics and typographic plus my interest in music.

Here she spoke about how words create an image from the description that they give. However, even with this description everyone still has a different image due to everyone having a unique interpretation of it. This is even the case with an existing image.

Next she went on to speak of her own work, Madam Realism and the way she critiques features. This work being based on how she looked at pieces and saw them as ugly, even including a piece that resembled her. Until she had a dream that she had turned into the piece based on her and went into her studio. Here she found her piece based on Michael Jackson crying, asking if she did not love him. From this she felt guilty and like she was being judged by her own work yet at the same time they were looking straight through her. Like when viewing an image, it doesn’t speak about the viewer yet because what is shown it speaks to the viewer. This made her feel like she could control the meaning of the work but can’t decide it due to different interpretations. The key is though that you need to be honest to the work and say why you like it or don’t because of the impact you feel towards it, not because of how close it is to the real thing. This is also important to Madam Realism due to her being a critique of art.

Finally I have looked at Eleanor Heartney’s, Art Today: Tales of Plastic Surgery, Genetically Altered Rabbits, and Other Acts of Art. This one I thought would be interesting to look at as it made you think what is art really about? Also are some of the things done in the name of art really worth it?

This she started off with by talking about other people’s work and how they are art along with how recreations of other people’s art are also classed as art. Yet they may have only taken an image of an image. This lead on to her saying about the piece could sell for $1 yet what else could you sell for a $1, your DNA and if you did who would that belong to? The person who brought it or the person who the DNA is inside of? Plus would that make it art and what else could you do.

For example

A person with the help of a laboratory created a glowing rabbit from injecting the rabbit with jellyfish DNA. The plan of which was to give his daughter the glowing rabbit as a present yet in the end the laboratory said no. Maybe because they wanted to keep experimenting, they had done the experimentation as there facilities were used or maybe because they didn’t want to alter animals and for future evolution to have glowing rabbits running about. This still held the question though is the glowing animal classed as art as it is individual and basically unusual or has consensus gone out the window and people are doing anything and classing it as art to get away with it? Due to a breakdown of ideas, taste and standards!

From this came the question on what is art? The answer being art is something that holds an importance as to how it reacts to society at the moment. Yet when you look to the future it also makes sense then as it still relates to the time. Making it be something that lives in different time zones like with technology today where people watch TV now, but majority of the time it was recorded in the past while being on the internet having a conversation or searching from what has been said in the past but is still going strong. Due to this no one lives in just one time zone any more, due to a manipulation of how time can be used. This is classed as art as it becomes different; it changes how people look at the world, their way of thinking and perception.

For a critique though the way art is looked at is also changed, as art is only a dialect, to then nowadays it is something you can talk about. This is due to the meaning always changing like due to the world around us always changing.

Viewing these three talks was interesting to me as it made me consider things differently. As before I never saw art as being something as everyone living his or her routine life. Yet when you think about it more it shows that art is literally everywhere. Also features that you wouldn’t class as art include art. However, how far would you go to class things as art and how much do you consider art if it was a person instead of material features? Due to this it has made me consider more of what art is actually about and including more meaning in my work instead of creating a piece on the spare of the moment response.

All in all when watching these videos I felt it was an effective tool to use as anyone nowadays has access to iTunes. Yet I did feel that when watching the videos due to the length my concentration dwindled as I had access to other tools. Although I could listen to them as mp3’s when on the move. This was helpful for some except for when it spoke about visuals that could not be viewed as it was based on only sound. As well as this some I gave up on due to the fact the quality of the audio and visuals were bad meaning you couldn’t view the images properly or hear it clearly. All in all though I did find that from the one’s I viewed, it as an interesting tool to find extra references and ways of looking at art. However, not something I wouldn’t use too often, as it wasn’t the best way for me to take in information without losing track quite a few times.

Digbeth

On top of my work my friend also a photography student asked me if I wanted to join her on a shoot throughout the industrial area of Birmingham known as Digbeth. A place she was visiting so to get some industrial landscape images for her assignment. On the day OUT i captured these images.

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Carolyn Lefley

As a part of my lecture today I witnessed the speaking by Caroly Lefley about her work and her career in photography up to date and her education in the subject. Here I found that she started her main education at the university as a student. At this time she asked to photograph empty places and managed to get permission through it. Afterwards she became a photographer’s assistant and put adverts in shops for advertising her work. Before deciding to advance further on to a Masters Degree and having an exhibition. This has led on to Carolyn having an exhibition.

This I found interesting as it showed that she had started off in the same place as we had and then how she had managed to progress. She also showed us the work that she had created and what her thinking was behind it. Meaning that we got to view and have an explanation about the work and how it was created. I found this work interesting as it was creative in how the work was set-up and the experimental ways that the images were created so to become in such an experimental way. From this I also found it interesting what technology was used to create the pieces so that they appeared in the final outcome.

As for the actual talk it was good to be introduced too and told about a way in which to go through managing to go to places that are usually off limits. This I had wondered about before but wasn’t sure who to contact about it. However, the talk answered this question for me. As well as this I learnt how different techniques were used to make effective images. Plus it was easy to focus on and view. I also liked that due to the fact that it was a lecturer talking it meant that we came up with questions at a later date then we was able to ask at the other times as the speaker was still available.

However, I felt that I lost concentration when sat viewing the talk for so long. This made me feel that I didn’t capture all what was being said or that I was not registering the information properly. Plus the Internet wasn’t available for the talk meant that we weren’t able to view it all. This though was solved though by the fact that the information was also available online and we was shown where we could view it at a later date.

As overall though I found the talk to be quite interesting and helpful. Plus I feel it was good that we was shown work by a lecturer as it means we get to see what they have created and the way in which they work. This has an impact as it shows how the work has changed over time and improved. Giving the viewer the impression that they can also make their work better also. Along with how the work was done with education at the same place of study.

London Exhibition – Photographer’s Gallery

As a trip, I visited the Photographer’s Gallery in London! Here I saw many different styles of work by a range of artists.  This work I noticed had the theme of the images having alterations such as Photoshop or manually reoccurring throughout the different floors.  This work was based in videos, drawings, books, sculpture, collages, analogue and digital photography. This was so to show a different range of items being shown to just one set style.

These are some of the pieces that I saw…

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The fact that so many different styles were together intrigued me as it meant that you weren’t just looking at one style or theme reoccurring all the time. Plus the way in which each image was set-up stood out to me more through the different layouts used like videos and photographs. Some pieces also reminded me of layouts stereotypical to artist’s studios so to make them feel more familiar to the viewer. This had an impact as it meant that you looked at the work like you could relate to it.

The most interesting layout I feel was the one where the images where the proportion of the image to the scale of it’s base was sometimes much smaller. This meant that when I wanted to view the image I had to move in much closer. In doing so I naturally spent more time looking at the work, as I had to make more of an effort. Like with the imagery where there were pieces missing yet you was able to visualize those pieces. Meaning you spent more time looking at the image without the piece so not to view it with the piece being there.

However, due to the open space and large amount of light I did tend to skip over many pieces compared to the small rooms with little amount of work in and that was darker. This was due to the work being separated from other pieces, which made it seem more of a stand-alone piece and less of a range of pieces being in your face at once so I felt as if I focused more. The darkness also made it feel more authentic compared to the open ness and bright light of the other rooms, which just made me feel as though I was looking over the work when I was in fact taking the images in.

I did also like the pieces that were on the floor as after looking at so many pieces being on the wall and seeing it as room after room like it. Seeing a piece that was located differently was a surprise.

Out of this though I did enjoy looking at the pieces and the way in which artists have portrayed their thoughts through different styles of art. All in all the different types of work was enjoyable and I feel as though some of the pieces I would use as an influence into creating imagery in future projects that I do.