This project started off as a study of urban regeneration looking at the development with business growth, transport infrastructure and the needs to fulfil population growth and needs.
I’ve taken the time to research and look at the transformation in towns and cities we’re surrounded by to view how places have been created to offer the communities the benefit of modern architectural thinking with the historical building. While creating plenty of work, the work wasn’t going in a direction I wanted. I’ve had to carry on taking photographs to see whether viewing the images by myself and others, would identify the meaning and purpose behind the created images. As well as taking photographs I’d began researching into the Manchester, especially after the 1996 IRA bombing and how it changed the way people viewed the city, the ways to redevelop and improve their homes, businesses and resources available to bring back confidence for the local population and to increase tourism to the area after the destruction. Another example I took interest in was the Piece Hall situated in Halifax. Present day, the old Victorian cloth exchange and market place is having the structure improved and made to fit shops and restaurants to improve the business opportunities increase revenues and strengthen tourism trade.
Basing a huge amount of research of these regeneration circumstances on my final major project as well as using them as case studies for my dissertation I’ve found it interesting to learn about events causing us to change and places willing to change to fit into today’s society. Having a project like the Piece Hall undergoing changes from the old to the new I thought this would be a fantastic opportunity to highlight how planners develop strategies for regeneration I tried several times to organise photography shoots but down to time frames available and health & safety to achieve access became impossible. This caused a setback in my project as I was basing the Piece Hall to be my final outcome as a series of photographs for the end of year exhibition.
Keeping my work connected to urban regeneration I wanted to source construction sites in different locations in the north. looking at how we see developments and how developers/construction companies try to prevent this by building barriers placed to protect the public but I wanted to see what goes on and capture the growth of urban regeneration and development. After plenty of photoshoots my work developed from looking at construction sites, to completed developments and modern buildings. Using close ups and angled shots to create abstract pieces of work making the audience question what they are viewing, and questioning what they were seeing which relates back to how we see development sites, and the benefits of urban regeneration and its use as an art form. Taking my photographs and experimenting with layouts and producing series, picking out images relating to ‘vision’, ‘construction’ & ‘reality’ helped in the process of finding my final outcomes for the exhibition. As well as having several images to be placed on show, to accompany the work a newspaper will feature more of my images as I feel more need to be seen to understand the project fully. Within my final major project what I would have done differently while working on the dissertation on the Piece Hall, that due to time constraints within the construction industry I realised that I needed to open communication far earlier with the team in charge to photograph the changes to the structure as well as the series of portraiture featuring the workers.
These three images are going to be the images submitted for the end of year exhibition and will be placed in the layout above. The images are going to be printed on a ‘Pearl photo board’ from the print bureau at the University. I went with this option as when spoken to one of my tutors about using a Foamex mount board they suggested the print would sit too far from the wall. To save money I didn’t want to be printing my photographs on a type of paper than having to find the right supply to attach the images too, to make them stronger. This way by using the print bureau I haven’t had to worry about looking for the right materials, plus the fact the board I’m using isn’t super thick but it’s just right for my display and not heavy enough I’d have to nail it to the walls.I’mm hoping to fix my images for the exhibition by using the double sided velcro tape.
It’s the time of year where I and the rest of the students on my course are finalising and arranging the photography work as well as exhibition setup and have been asked to produce a short Artist Statement. So before I started writing endless amounts, I wanted to research how and what to include in the statement.
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Today was my last tutor discussion with Richard. We looked through some of my final sets of photographs and we discussed possible images and ideas I have for the end of year exhibition. I had already created experiments with sizes and placements for the show ready for the selected images to get sent to print.
Below are the sketches and computer designs showing ways to exhibit.
The design I am going to use is the 1st image as I like how its simple and shows my photographs in a professional manner.
After my last talk with my tutors reviewing my work and the last experiments, I’d created for the exhibition. I was asked to create a few more designs based on the idea of looking at ‘Vision’, ‘Construction’ & ‘Reality’. These ain’t any final designs, just experiments to see how well they work as a series together.
Each of these series are based on one city only. the top one is Manchester and the bottom is Sheffield.
I decided in the last few weeks before submissions and sending off images to be printed, that I wanted to go back to Manchester to the centre where I photographed the hoarding with the construction appearing slightly at the top of the image. I just wanted to go back and reshoot see if I can improve on the image.
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Going back to reshoot months after the first image, the place has changed and the construction site has developed. The hoarding I was looking for had been replaced by metal fencing and the developers have obviously built up around the tall concrete towers.It was good to go back to see how the construction has changed so quickly, just goes to show the equipment available to us to create these building quickly to better the community and economy
After discussion with my tutors, Liam and Richard about my final products/ pieces being submitted at the end of the year. Been asked whether I was creating a book, my reply is no. it has never been my intention throughout the year to create a book due to the style of photographs I am shooting. The work I have made I don’t feel fits in a clean cut finished book. My work can be carried on further and as it’s construction and having places being built, lots of dust and material, I feel would suit better in a newspaper as any construction you might hear of or see will be from a newspaper article.
I’m going to create a digital tabloid using their own design layout, ‘Arthur’. It will mainly feature more of my own photographs as I can’t display all in the exhibition. It will be 4 pages and will include text on my project throughout the year as well as text to summarise the year- what worked, what didn’t work etc.