Assignment 1

For my assignment I was given the brief of

“You will be looking at the thesis in classic and contemporary photographic texts which layout specific ways of considering and making sense of photography…

Choose the argument in one of the texts read to frame the perspective of your practice, and link it to one the topics areas.

Eating Disorders

American Culture in the UK

The Freedom of the press

City Regeneration

The Occupy Movement

Ownership and property

Representing Another Culture

You will need to produce either a physical book (artifact) or a digital book for your final submission that link the text to the topic, with between 12 – 18 pieces”.

For this I have decided to look at Ownership and Property, through looking at people through their belongings instead of looking at them based on the perception received of them at first look. This is linked in with the text of “When Is A Photograph Worth A Thousand Words”. I chose this text as it links in with my theme through Tsinhnahjinnie H J speaking about how a photograph means more through it explaining it’s context and when you can relate to the photograph by memories.

From this I turned to looking at pieces that I could research, for this I found these artists.

Jon Crispin

Nan Gouldin

Todd McLellan

Sydney Marie

Claudio Parentela

The one that stood out to me most of all was it links in with my idea of representing people through their belongings that they carry.  This work was based on the photographer Jon Crispin. Where he took images of suitcases that had been left behind at a mental health asylum. Here he photographed the people’s belongings of how they had been left in their suitcases when first packed. In tern showing the people and their personalities through the items rather than through the people themselves. 

I found this work interesting as a way of depicting what the people was like.  So it has become the main influence for my work.

My idea that has formed is that of getting people to place items that are important to them on the front of their bag. In tern capturing the things important to them, how much they hold onto their key possessions, what they find important and how much care they put into the item by how neatly they place the items.

Today I did my first shoot for my work I based this on my bag and the items in it. Here I was able to see how well my images would appear and also try different techniques and angles to capture my imagery through.

From this and other peoples opinion I found that the best way to capture the images in a simple fashion of straight down on to the bag.  (The bag of which was used as a base as it made the items more personal and showed the case of which the items were held in).

These are all the images that I have captured.

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So to make my book more personal I have decided that I am going to create it in the format of a physical book. This will be created through the format of a Japanese Stab Binding so to keep it in a simple, original format. Also keeping the images of the precious items hidden between the covers. Enforcing a personal outlook to each image.

When I was led onto my other shoots  I decided that the most interesting way of capturing the imagery was by capturing different age ranges between forties and teens, both male and female. Here showing people at different points in their life and from different backgrounds through the way society has moved. 

From this I have narrowed my images down and after speaking to my lecturer, I also took headshots of the people so to show them without the influence of their items.  These are the headshots that I have captured.

Editing

From the idea of my book being based on the items and the people. I came to the conclusion that the best way to have the images would be that of in colour so to enforce the people’s personality more. Alongside keeping the images raw and honest. However, so that the main focus that would be based on the images of the possessions I have also decided that I will change the headshots to black and white. This will mean that the colour will attract the viewer first and bring them towards the main focus of my work. So that it is based on looking at the person through their personality than the first response of the person.

This is done through Adobe Photoshop. Through using Adjustments – Black and White.

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I have also made the images into a set format for the headshots also, through the use of crop.

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This has left me with these images.

Layout and Sequence

For creating my book I have come up with these ideas for layout.

From this I have decided to go for the theme of a diptych. Here a large-scale version of the images of possessions on the right hand page. Making it the first image seen each time. While on the left is a small headshot so to add extra information and also place a face to the property. Alongside this it also makes people look at the person with more of an insight of them than just a simple look at the person.

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Today I have created my book through Adobe InDesign and Adobe Photoshop.

At first I changed my images to being 300dpi.

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This was done with the settings of 5p0 for the slug and bleed and with it being set at landscape.

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Using the master pages I also added the images in the exact same place so to have the book running consecutively.

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Along with adding black boxes for the covers and black or white text depending on the page colour.

This gave me my final book that I saved as a PDF.

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This is my final product.

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Assignment 2

For my assignment I have been given the brief

“You are required to make a 3‐5 minute photofilm, which examines and challenges the idea of representation”.

This is through either of the categories

A Successful Small Business

Personal Hobbies – The Need for a Balanced Work Life

An Inspirational Person

A Personal Obsession

From this I have decided to create my video based on my personal obsession of music. This will be based on how I got into music and how it influences me from when I was younger to nowadays.

For my starting point I have decided to look at the meaning of what is a hobby and an obsession in terms from the dictionary.

Hobby – An activity done regularly for pleasure.

Obsession – An idea or thought that continually preoccupies someone’s mind.

From this I followed on my work by looking at videos and artists. These were that of

Amy Hodges

Left Fork

Christopher Durst

Dan Massey

This video I felt was key to the work as it showed a good narrative and even though my work is based on music. It helped me come up with other ways in which to look at the items involved in music that are usually found around the home.

These videos are one’s that I found on YouTube. Here people speak about how music influences people and society and how much of an impact it has. These videos however only look at the negative aspect and are only shown from the one perspective.  Yet it doe show the impact that music has.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHr6hGnIwGs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKxOuCx9R8Q

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UC5Sszqp_J4

Where as this essay looks at music with a good outlook.

 

Another video that I looked at was Lostprophets 4am Forever. This is key in my work as the fine art fell and the use of colour balance so to affect the work enforces a set tone, which is quite cold. Although I want to have mine warm I think this is a creative way in which to go about the imagery.

After this I have created my storyboard along side this I have come up with my ideas for what I am going to photograph. However, I have come to these through the use of my script and what I have available that link in with my story so to create the chronological story.

This has created my basis of which I am recording using the Edirole R09. Here I had the settings set to being wav files and high so to gather more sound and have more detail in the sound. However, this does take up more file space.

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Today I shot the imagery for my video; this was all based on the moving imagery using the Canon 5D. Here I created my work based mainly on the lighting available, which was low so I added extra to it. This was by the use of the lamp, in tern the lighting and settings enforced more of a cinematic affect.

After creating my video I have now captured my imagery to go along with it using the Canon 5D again. From this I have managed to capture a lot of my imagery that has covered the basis along with my video clips. However, due to the timing and availability I have also had to use found imagery so to show the live music aspect. These are from recent events that I have been to where I have used wither my Canon 1000D or my Nikon Coolpix camera. These intern show photography captured through a range of cameras.

After I have uploaded all of my imagery into Adobe Premier where I’ve arranged them into a coherent order that fits with my storyboard and script. Here the settings were based at 25 frames.

I also added extra affects so to separate and show new chapters throughout the film.

Along with running the order along to the beat and tune of Stereophonics Live ‘n’ Love.

I chose this song as the band is one of my favorites and the lyrics go along well with the theme of my video.

From the adjustments and the alterations to the clips I created my video that exported the video as a H.264 and preset as 25.

This gave me my final video

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/61276694″>Deana Chantler Assignment 2 Personal Obsession</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user14186181″>Deana Chantler</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

Sequencing

When sequencing a photobook you need to consider what you need in it and what you don’t. This consists of covers, images, (after deciding which are good, bad or ok), motifs (recurring theme) a structure, concept and text that adds information put means something to the work. To be able to understand how to create the book you need to be able to read the imagery so that it makes sense. This is done through trial and error so that the images flow. For this to work though you need though you have to consider the order by deciding the way the images are paired. In some cases the images can be in a cluster sequence meaning that different themes can be shown through images so to form chapters. Another way is by scatter where the images are easy to read meaning that the viewer doesn’t have to do much but the work does need to ask questions. The best way to decide this for you book is by bringing the information together and forming a structure. This will help me create a theme with my book as it will make me consider how I will set up my final images

Premier Editing

So to create my video I have been asked to use Adobe Premier. This I feel confident with as I have previous knowledge of using Final Cut Pro. However, I will have to get use to the layout of Premier first.

 

The first thing that was new to me with Premier; was having to choose the dslr,  this was between 24 and 25 depending on which I shot in with the camera. In my case 25 frames as it was more documentary while 24 frames is more cinematic.

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After I had to navigate to where my work was. A key tip for this that I was given was to keep all the files in a folder so that they are easily and found and all together. This I feel is key in creating a video but is easily said than done.

 

From this I was given my timeline where I could create more timelines but given a set amount of 3 so to piece my footage together into how I wanted it to be laid out. This is the main base I have to work on for me to get the video the way I want it.

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Here is also the main location of the workspace. This is where my files and sequence will be kept. Alongside it is also the main tools need so to select only the parts of my footage that I need.

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Using this is a main focus to me as I enjoy videos and ways in which to display my imagery. However, being that most of the products available and what I use are Adobe. I feel it is more important to have an understanding of Premier. Also I find creating my imagery in a video makes using a narrative more important and thought through thoroughly. 

Photobooks in A Digital Era

A photobook is a book, which shows a narrative through a physical or digital format. These can be accessible online or from a library and many sites use them. However, there is also a range of books that could hold a collection of imagery, which would be more of a portfolio if it doesn’t hold a narrative.

With physical photobooks you are able to emphasize images through the space that they take such as going over two pages along with enforcing a feel towards imagery before opening up to the pictures. This though is not enforced when on a device as it is all in the same format. Taking away the quality. Due to this physical books are important as it can enforce the emotion.  Yet a digital photobook would connect more people and cheaper.

This is important to photography as it means you have to consider how you place your work and which is more important. Having the imagery more accessible or creating the set expression.

Storyboarding the Italian Job

I was given a task to create a storyboard of a scene from a film of my choice. For this I chose the chase in the Italian Job. This I felt showed a good collection of scenes through a storyboard as the angles showed the scenes from characters perspective. This intern created a sense of difference and and off action being portrayed.

The storyboard also made it clear for scenes that took over some time yet narrowed it down to small select clips without needing extensive space to explain them.

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This is the scene of which I storyboarded…

Book Binding

As a final piece I have to create my assignment 1 as a Photobook. This could be done through 2 formats, either a physical or digital book.

So to create a physical book I first done testers. These were of Japanese Stab binding, where I used this video

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At first I found that pulling the cotton through was tricky so I managed to get it tangled mainly. Here my loops were also loose and messy, as I hadn’t held the pages tight enough.

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However, I had another attempt that came out better.

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Here I could choose the size and layout of my pages. Whether it would be landscape or portrait and the bleed, margin, column and slug sizes. Meaning that I would have a set guide to work to of my choice.

From this I could then create my pages for my book from the box. Here it held the pages and the colours I wanted mainly. The master pages also allowed me to have set pieces on each of my pages and in the exact location throughout.

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After I would finish the book by saving it as a PDF through export.  This I could then upload to mag cloud and have printed out to be a physical book like with the stab binging and Concertina books.

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Out of these I found the Japanese Stab Binding most interesting due to the layout being in the style of an original book that could be held. I also feel that is a good way of showing imagery and skill to have. Due to this I found it most interesting. However, being that a lot of work is digital nowadays it is also useful for me to create digital books. Even though I prefer the physical books due to their presence.

The other way I could create a physical book was through a concertina. This was by folding the one page into equal but a set amount times so to create separate pages where both sides would be used. This book would then need extra planning so to work out the layout more than the others would. To make sure pages are in the correct places for them to run consecutively.

Another way of creating the book was through digital. This would be done in InDesign by creating pages in Documents. The layout for this would be set up before coming to the first page by the window option open.

Book Binding

As a final piece I have to create my assignment 1 as a Photobook. This could be done through 2 formats, either a physical or digital book.

So to create a physical book I first done testers. These were of Japanese Stab binding, where I used this video

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At first I found that pulling the cotton through was tricky so I managed to get it tangled mainly. Here my loops were also loose and messy, as I hadn’t held the pages tight enough.

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However, I had another attempt that came out better.

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The other way I could create a physical book was through a concertina. This was by folding the one page into equal but a set amount times so to create separate pages where both sides would be used. This book would then need extra planning so to work out the layout more than the others would. To make sure pages are in the correct places for them to run consecutively.

Another way of creating the book was through digital. This would be done in InDesign by creating pages in Documents. The layout for this would be set up before coming to the first page by the window option open.

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I was given the task of travelling to Route 66 in America through Google images. Here I found 10 images along the route that I felt explained the theme of people travelling to get a better life through the American Dream by print screening the locations that I found. Doing the imagery this way was effective as it meant I could capture imagery of a location that wasn’t local at any time and still manage to get the imagery the same way. This way was also cost effective. Plus the imagery is actually created by one’s self as the artist decided the concept and captures an image of that area out of all the parts available like with walking a route.

However, at the same time the imagery is questioned as being valid as the person who creates the imagery is not the one who selects what is available – they can only use what is available online. Also the images do not have the same aesthetics as what would be captured in the imagery along with angles and certain territories not being available of what would be in general.

This makes me feel undecided about creating imagery this way as I feel that I am not forming imagery as I usually do and through my own means. Although I am putting in the amount of work as an image that I capture through the use of a camera and also able to cross examine the area and it’s context at the same time. Which I feel is more helpful to use.

I do believe though that although it is a new experience to me to capture imagery like this. In future I will be sticking to using the camera to capture my imagery. I have however decided that it will be an idea to research a location more by viewing it on Google images instead of just visiting an area.

Photography and the Future

Photography and the future

Ritchin F (2009) Truth in digital images in after photography Norton Press

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On the other hand this text speaks about how images are easily manipulated today and how honest these images are. Here it speaks of at the beginning analogue was seen as being more truthful yet digital is seen as being more creative. Yet with this creativity comes dishonesty as this has led to images being created in two locations yet being placed together to create one image otherwise leading people to believe things that don’t actually exist such as beauty regimes. Raising the point of when is it acceptable to use editing and how much is acceptable or is too much being used nowadays.