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.
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.
I’m at that stage in the year now where I have to think about how my photography work will be exhibited in the final show. What I have thought of doing is to have a size A0 which features 4 of my images. Doing it this way I feel more of my work can be seen and able to be understood better.
Few of my designs are below.
After showing my designs to my tutor he advised me to carefully look at the placement of the images such as the set above, the bottom left there’s far too much blue and stands out from the rest.
This set below is a series of pictures based on the hoarding and barriers I’ve come across in the cities. I think this piece works well the only issue which got pointed out to me was the face the top left scaffolding images was taken looking up towards it where the rest of them are face on. So that image needs to be replaced.
I’ve placed these two sets of images above together to show how different cities can be in different transformation stages. Manchester (Left set of 4 images) is at the stage where it’s heading to be the next London, filled with new modern buildings and skyscrapers, the place is full of construction work. Liverpool (Right set of images) to me is showing the finish, clean-cut architectural structures.
I feel these two sets of images shows the amount of wealth and resources the United Kingdom has to show to the rest of the country and the world.
As a photography group, we had already looked into Metro Print based in London as it has been used by previous students in other years. They have a wide range of paper types as well as being able to frame and mount the photography work at extra costs. Metro Print seem to be popular as their turn around time is quick and efficient.
After my issues with Digitalab i decided to get 5 7″x 5″ of my images printed on different paper types. i sent off work using the standard service…
1x Velvet Print
1x C-type Matt
1x Giclee Photorag
1x Giclee Fine Art Baryta.
The uploading of the images was easy and simple to pick out the sizes and type of paper, also adding in section for any extras you need (mounting & framing).
Since sending my images i recieved quick response from them as 1 of my images had been corupted and recieved email asking for an alternative image to finish off printing ASAP.
After recieveing my prints in the posts it was great to have physical prints of my own on different papers to review each one carefully and come up with a correct type to print larger scale.
The Metalilic print worked exceptionally well due to the colour tones being similar to metal- silver, white, greys. The problem with this paper type it would only look good on certain images from my project, but other than that i love the metalilic look.
The Giclee Photorag paper i find works really well, it is a great sturdy thickness, not shiny as i dont want my prints to be relective and the colour comes up well, it hasnt faded with the paper type. This product is highly recommended.
After talking about the upcoming exhibition and final hand-ins I’ve decided to research different companies where they can print exhibition piece, looking at prices and different paper types.
After exploring on their website I could not find a way to order samples of my own work on the different paper types. So what I did was I got in contact with them over their facebook page and inquired about it. I was told to use a site connected with digitalab called ‘WeTransfer’ to order prints smaller than 10″x 8″ and receive a 50% discount.
I sent off my images with the relevant information they needed and they would be in contact to confirm the transfer. It took a while to get a response. I emailed again asking how much the prints come too and how i go about paying for them. no reply. Emailed once more after receiving an email saying they hadn’t transferred my images and would be deleted in a couple more days.
I hear back eventually with information I had asked for and I got quoted £129.77, I was surprised as I asked for 7″ x 5″ so I doubled checked it was right and was informed they don’t do sizes smaller than 12″ x 6″ after initially being told they did.
I liked this site at first with how quickly I received their samples they give out of paper types. but after having trouble getting in contact and having to go through another webpage it was too much hassle and time comsuming. I’ve decided to look elsewhere.
I was informed by other students and tutors after they visited the area of the amount of work Salford was undergoing. So i took myself to visit the area to see what was happening. There was a mixure structures which had just been finished building/ almost ready to buildings where there in the early stages. Ive photographed both as whole images as well as close up creatng abstract pieces. Some of the images are below.
Im getting to the stage in my project where i am almost done. Right now most of the shoots are going back and relooking at sites already photographed to places i want to reshoot the image. These will be seen in futhure posts.