Evaluation…

For this project I had to design a successfully and fully functional website, C.V and business card. I decided to use both dreamweaver and word-press to design my website. I wanted to use both programmes, because word-press allowed me to have easier access to galleries and templates, it overall had a simpler handle and allowed me to focus on the content. Dreamweaver was a challenge to use, it was freer in design, as I could literally have any design I wanted for my website. However the technical aspects of using dreamweaver were very difficult to understand, although i managed to design a simple website on dreamweaver which is fully functional, i do not think that it was particularly beneficial for me, as learning to build a website from scratch although is a good skill to acquire, meant a lot of time and energy, which when working self-employed i wouldn’t necessarily be able to afford and put into the development of my website. word-press made it easier and  more efficient for me without losing any technical aspects or design quality.

To completely understand my website and acknowledge that its working as sufficiently as possible i thought it was a good idea to ask the opinion of another internet user to evaluate my website for me. The response i had was good, with only a few critiques. They thought that the website was good in design, simple but very easy to handle, the navigation was easy to use and self-explanatory, without the need to excessively use the ‘back button’. They thought that the social networking links and icons could have been made more apparent, and also that there could have been more content within the website, which hopefully will come with time of adding work. They also said that they liked the simple-viewer gallery and that it efficiently showed my work and appropriately reflected the page, another criticism was that the slide show on the home page could show a more varied account of work, however unfortunately due to the theme i chose this isn’t entirely possible as it only allows one set of work to be shown at once, nonetheless i can look into the possibility of  investing in a slide show through the use of a plugin. Overall their impressions of my website was  good and the response was that it works well, its easy to use, efficient and reflects my work well.

I had a few challenges with word-press, which meant a lot of research, the most poignant problem i had was the size of the simple viewer gallery, as it was cropping my photographs and the size of the gallery was to large for the template of my website. So i found out after a lot of communication with my tutor and online research that i needed to change the width of the gallery to fit inside my template, which was made possible by using the simple-viewer edit button on the homepage dashboard. i have now fixed this problem and have learnt how to mend this problem, if i should  come across it again in the future use of my website.

Overall i am very please with my website, i believe that i have managed to create a fully functional website that completely relates to my own form of photography, but that also allows the viewer to have an extended amount of contextual background information along with the photographic images. The galleries are appropriate for the purpose of my website, as they use flash and allowed the viewer of my website to have a simply stress free experience, which is important when viewing work. I had a very good response from another internet user, with only a few minor criticism which i can review later. Although i found this project a challenge, i feel that i have successfully accomplished the task put to me and that i have honestly managed to create a website which i will be proud to use to display work and to show potential clients in the future.

Examples of Good and Bad Business Card…

here are a few examples of good and bad business cards:

here are some examples of good buiness cards:

 I like these three designs, as they are simple clear and apparent to who they belong. For my own design i will be looking for a clear and crisp method to display my own work within my business cards.

here are some examples of bad buisness cards:

These are some very bad examples of business cards, as they are hard to read and although creative not the best representatives of their company.

For my own business card i will be wanting to create a crisp and clear representative of my skills and business.

Examples of Good and Bad C.V’s…


Here are a few examples of good and bad C.Vs that i have had a look at:

Here are examples of good C.Vs:

The first example isn’t the best example for a photographer, however the layout and design of the c.v is good and for a non-photographer or designer i would say was a very good and well design c.v.

My favorite image is the second C.V, its artistically design, it doesn’t look like a C.V but its a polished designed that is well co-ordinated and displays their level of skill without having examples of work.

Here are a few examples of bad c.vs:

These are bad examples because of their lack of design and also the basic information put into the c.v’s. These are not examples that i would want to use within my own work.

The title of the project

The title of this project overall will be “Spaces” – but the individual titles of the work will be completely dependent upon the name of the street or place that they were taken in. So for example one of the photographs may be called ‘green lane’ .

Evaluation

For this project I wanted to look at the idea of how space is created and used within different environments and therefore how we interact with that space. I also wanted to show the idea of space as a non – materialised form, what I mean by this is, to use an area within the landscape that depicts a specific space, but which could also metaphorically relates to other ideas of space, for example our relationships with other people. I wanted to show the everyday spaces which we as a mass move within all the time; I also wanted to look at the variety of spaces we inhabit, those being, urban, rural and industrial. Although I realise there are other formats of space these are the three main environments I wanted to investigate.

To begin by looking at other varieties of artists that have approached their photographic projects similarly to me. Photographers who have looked at similar themes or created images which relate with my own work. First of all I looked at the Beuchers, because of their systematic approach to photography, the water towers series was of particular interest; I was inspired by how they composed each shot. I wanted my own work to show a similar trait of identical compositions. I took my photographs at eye level, using a standard lens; I tried to keep the camera as close to parallel as I could without the use of a tripod. I didn’t want to use a tripod because of how static it can be to work with; I wanted to be a bit freer with how I shot my photographs. I then looked at Richard Billingham and the ‘Untitled’ series he shot, although the photographs were taken in a different manner to my own, the compositions of the landscapes and the framing of these subjects were very much the same to what I wanted to achieve. I also particularly liked the unnatural colours that ran throughout the series, although I wouldn’t have adopted this for my own work as I wanted to stay as true as possible to the reality of the landscape. I then looked at Thomas Ruff as I was intrigued by his meticulous approach to photography, I really appreciated how he could shoot a mundane scene and make every detail stand out and be admired.

For my own project I wanted to photograph spaces within certain landscapes, those being urban, rural and industrial that I had never seen before. I chose three places to visit, Sutton Surrey, Hayward’s Heath and Bosham, each located on a train map as being in north, east and westerly directions. I chose these three locations as I had never visited these places before, I thought it was important for me not to have a preconceived idea of the environment I would end up in, I wanted the photographs I took in these landscapes to be as objective as is possible. On each location, I wanted to capture four compositions of the town, to give the spectator an idea of what that area looks like, but also to show that I wasn’t being biased or pre-editing my photographs beyond the nature of my three chosen themes, rural, urban and industrial. It was also important to me that the photographs were taken in a similar manner, all the images needed to be taken at eye level, as this is how I saw the landscape before me quite literally, as well this I tried to keep the camera level with the ground, which wasn’t always easy especially when photographing buildings. The other decision I needed to make was to decide if the photographs should be edited with more than a simple crop and lightening technique; i decided to keep the photographs as true to their reality as possible, so i only allowed myself the use of the crop tool and curve function in Photoshop.

After editing down the images I had collected from these locations, I choose twelve final photographs, four images from each place. I am entirely satisfied that I managed to capture the most well presented compositions within those areas for this project. The final photographs I have produced are a good indication of what each location looks like, they are as objective as I could possibly be, they show in my opinion accurately the theme of space be it urban, rural or industrial.

Originally I wanted to try a much more systematic approach to my project, I wanted to use the statistics of an average walk being 0.9 miles and to then apply this information. I wanted to take a photograph north, east, south and west of the train station I chose at precisely 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm, so that the spectator would be able to see the natural progression of the light within the images, I also wanted to use these directions as it would give unarguable results which couldn’t be questioned as influenced by myself. However due to the specific distance each photograph would need to be, it wasn’t entirely possible within my time scale as well to practise this approach, I would have obviously encountered streets, houses and other such landmarks which to place myself at 0.9 miles exactly would have meant literally walking over buildings, which unfortunately isn’t completely possible.

The exhibition became the last problematic area for me to handle and decide how to display my photographs. I began by looking at using a video and audio, I wanted to present my photographs as stills with audio, which would have been a voice speaking the directions to the location of the photograph the spectator was viewing. There are few reasons I choose not to use this idea, firstly I began to think that perhaps incorporating the idea of the location of the space and fusing that with how the space within the composition came to be created and is now used, would create too many variations for the viewer to think about, to comprehend, there would be literally be too many themes within this project. However I did believe it to be a useful and necessary possibility that each of the photographs would be titled with their location, be it a street name or place. Also the technical aspects of having a projection within the gallery space was far too complex, and logistically difficult, for example I would have had to provide all of the equipment which would have been expensive but more importantly the audio would have had to run through head phones, due to the nature of the exhibition, and I didn’t like the idea of people having to wait to view the work. So then I began to think about using text instead of audio within the realms of a video, I also started to think about then presenting this work on two large Mac computer screens, however i decided against this idea as it seemed unprofessional, but more importantly i thought that the size of the work was important as well and the computer screen would simply not do the composition of the photographs justice. I then started to think about printed twelve smaller images which would be placed together in a grid, however again the idea of the photographs being small and becoming lost upon the wall began to make me think that perhaps the only real way to show justice to the project I have just created was to display the images in larger format A3 – A1 size, this however meant that I couldn’t have all twelve images printed, as there simply wouldn’t be enough wall space within the exhibition for me to present the photographs as I would have liked. So I again thought about having the photographs printed, however instead of all twelve being presented, to show just an edited version of the series by showing only two photographs, the two most prominent and most projective of the theme I was working on.  

In conclusion, the journey to create this project has taught me a lot about myself and about my own personal style of photography. It was difficult at times to stay completely truthful to the project in regards to editing the images and how they are being exhibited, it was  hard not to let the aesthetics of the photography take over and allow the concept to become lost. Through the struggle that this project was in parts, I believe that I have fully explored how space, open, empty, well composed and walled-in space has been created.  I liked the idea of how a building and another building have come together to create an anonymous space between, which they now guard and restrict. A space, which we are allowed to enter into and to pass through, an area which can be so simple, so normal and so mundane that they are completely disregarded by us until bought together and to the attention of others. With more time and resources, I would take this project further, to explore other areas in and around Sussex and perhaps beyond. I would look at creating no restrictions, and i would want to explore not only the idea of space and how its created and used by us, but also how it is framed, the geometrical shapes that surround the space and what our interpretation of them is, I would want to explore further the idea of space in a non-materialised form, how it exists within our relationships and how this is projected into our living conditions. I am proud of the project that I have produced, the works that I have created and the theme that I have explored, I feel that I have more than adequately conveyed my theme through a form of photographic practise and I also perhaps more importantly feel that it’s completely relevant to our own modern day approach to living, to where we live and subsequently how we then choose to live.

How I plan to exhibit my work:

After much carefull thought and consideration, i will be exhibiting my photographs in the form of prints.

 I thought alot about having a video with audio, using the photographs as the visual in the form of stills and then having audio in the form of direcitions, to locate the shot spaces within the photographs. However due to the equipment needed to have a projection in ThePrintSpace Gallery, (i would have needed a projector, laptop and an extension lead) it started to become expensive. As well as this, another problem i had was because the exhibition is a class exhibition, the audio would have had to been played through head phones, meaning not everyone would have been able to view it at the same time. So i wasn’t willing to let this be the case, i wanted all the specatators at the gallery to be able to view my work at their leisure. So due to technical, monetry and logistical problems, i decided to abandon this idea completely.

I then thought about using two computers, sitting side by side, one screen with photographic images and the other with text, however i felt that this again wouldn’t really convey my idea, the photographs wouldn’t be large enough, the light hitting the screens would detract from the photographs and i also felt that there was a possiblilty that they could have been overlooked by individual viewers, due to the nature of the way they were exhibited.

So i then thought about having just prints, 12 small lined up prints, all in three sections; urban, rural and industrial. However this idea also started to have problems, the cost to print 12 images, but also the allocated wall space i would be given within the gallery wouldn’t be big enough to have the images printed large scale A3 and upwards.

So i finally decided that it would be a good idea to use just 2 of the images, the 2 strongest images which conveyed my project most clearly and then to print these off at A1 – so that they would be at a scale appropiate to their subject, then to line them up on the wall together. They will be titled with the names of the place they were shot.

Here are the two chosen images from the series of twelve i will exhibit:

I am really happy with my final decision on how to exhibit my work, it took alot of thinking about, alot of working through logistically how each method would work, but i am happy that i have settled on the notion of just two photographic prints.

“Open House Season” by Philip Cole

For this project i looked at various different texts, this particular piece of written work, i felt had a significant impact on how i began to think about space and how the manner in which we use it reflects our daily lives.

This article written in a locally published magazine in brighton, was about the idea of windows and how people frame their windows. For example their use of curtains, blinds or netting. Philip Cole in “open house season ” states :

“Visiting Amsterdam this summer i was intrigued to see that most of the terraced houses in the main streets had large windows without blinds, curtains or nets. On enquiry i discovered that this practise, a legacy of Hollands reformed Protestantism occurred because it was a way of demonstrating to your country fold that you lived in an upright way and had nothing to hide. Like good reformed Christitans you lived beyond reproach and the windows to your home were not only a metaphor for this transparency but that daily family life was lived out on full display.”

For me personally this was the most interesting piece of text i came across, the idea that this little space which framed a larger space within was so important and that our actions and how we treated that space was so completely important, bewildered me. The idea that a window, a litteral piece of framing that focussed on the main entirety of the house, could cause such point for discussion, only led me to wonder how people combined with semiotics would interpret the rest of the house on the inside and outside. This is relevant to my project, as it allowed me to think about how our own personal spaces (or areas that we live in or around) are seen by others and therefore question how other spaces (the kind that i have been investigating) would also be perceived, it also helped me to question how these spaces came to be this way.

The final edited twelve images:

Here are my final chosen twelve images from the three final shoots i did. I have chosen four photographs from each to give the most variation in composition and idea of space within that location possible. I think that its important for the viewer to be able to see a variety of spaces within one area, so that they can then become aware that this project wasn’t purposfully edited to look a certain way.

For the editing, i used the crop tool and the curve option, as i felt that to alter the photographs too much would be inappropiate and false to the project.

Here are the final images:

Next i will show a couple more examples of writings that inspired me, and then i shall comment on my entire project…

Edit or not to edit?

After my three shoots and i had got the photographs that i originally set out to find, i began to think about how the images would look, if they should be in colour, B&W or bleached out completely. I started to think about the meaning behind the images and the importance of them being aesthetically pleasing. I even tried whitening the images to near incomplete unsightlyness. I wanted to find a way to show that the space in the middle is the important punctum of the photograph, i didnt want the viewer to miss out on the entire point of my photographs, so i tried this:

 I put the image in photoshop put a layer of white underneath the image and then changed the opacity to fade away the photograph.

After looking at the result of this photograph and thinking about the theme within this project, the idea of space within different enviroments and its being shaped by different barriers no matter which landscape we look at, i began to realise that i had photographed the mundane, i had  photographed spaces that weren’t inherently special, but were unique and individual to the project and there by they were important and becasue of this ‘fact’ , they should be left completly untouched. Perhaps with only the lightest of touches in photoshop involving a crop tool and curves. The tempatation to glamourise them was very strong intitally but i think that it would have been untrue to the project to do so.

I also began to think about how they would be displayed at the exhibition in The Print Space in London on 6th-17th June 2011. I thought about alot of different methods, small, large, miniscule or even in a minimalistic sculpture of some kind. However the two very simple ideas stuck and they are what i am currently deciding on putting together.

Themes:  

  • Prints – traditional but clear and concise with a static status which isn’t always acheived with video
  • Video- modern, but with the added bonus of being able to entice the spectator with auditory effects as well

Third Shoot in Bosham…

For this third and possibly final shoot, i photographed a rural framed space. I looked at how nature can create spaces around our urban enviroment and how our presence can effect the naturalistic effect of certain areas within Bosham.

Here are some photographs from this shoot:

This shoot was particularly difficult, as i had to find areas that had been naturally created in a sense, which had framed areas in them, which fit with my design of photographing the location. I found it harder than the urban and industrial themes to photograph, purely for this reason. However with a little perserverance i managed to capture several shots which in my opinion really reiterate our use of space within in any location and the effects that that space has on us personally. So for example how we interact with our enviroments and how that makes us feel emotionally.

Here are the street or place names that i visited in Bosham:

  • Green Lane
  • Willow Brook ( a house name in a kind of cul-de-sac close)
  • Southfield Ind Park
  • Hatt House – Delling Lane

My favourite images are the first, fourth, fith and sixth images. I like the openness of the space and in particular i believe that they are good examples of the framing that i have had in mind for this project.

Next i will be looking at the editing process of these photographs and choosing my final twelve photographs for the exhibition in june…

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