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Business Cards and Logo: Part I.

My logo which was created to watermark my images is very simple, just my first name. I have used my handwriting within the logo and thats where the idea for using my handwriting everywhere started, it adds a personal touch and being a successful photographer is all about be remembered, the same with any part of the creative industry. I have tried to keep this personal touch through to me business cards, using my handwriting to write out my details, I hope this helps me to stand out from the crowd. Creating business cards was harder than I had expected, theres a lot more space to fill than you realise, these won’t be the designs I send off for printing because theres some things missing such as it doesn’t say photographer anywhere. I would like to think longer about what kind of photographer I want to be.

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Transfers and Stencils.

The plain white wall doesn’t really appeal to me much so I am looking to give my images a sense of place on the wall. I hope to be able to achieve this by having a simple line on the wall outlining the coast where the photographs are taken.

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I have been searching for a place to make a stencil/transfer but so far my search is getting nowhere. Companies that make custom stencils seem to go up to around A2 and the ones that make transfers do text only in their custom builds (this only stands for the ones I searched through).

This could be a good thing as it may save me some money, I now plan to make my own stencil. Getting hold of a piece of paper/card the right size shouldn’t be too difficult, I can use cut offs from the studio backgrounds. I will be back with more news on this.

Mounting: Part I

The first post about mounting/framing, but really I only mean mounting because I personally don’t like frames on my work. The trouble with mounting is I can’t do it myself, so I will be looking at a few different places to decide where is best and what material I want to use.

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http://www.metroimaging.co.uk/photographic-framing-mounting

Editing: Part I

Just today I have been introduced to something new, a way of editing that involves spending a lot of time with my photographs. Starting with the always faithful, contact sheet which helped me bring ~100 photographs down to ~50. So onwards from there have prints on roughly an A5 piece of paper, I may be over describing, find a wall big enough an just start sticking them up in the order you want them. Something I did which I would advise if you are also going to use this editing technique is, if you have a rough idea of the order you want say like a timeline or sections have that laid out. Mine vaguely follows a timeline so I had them out in rough chucks of time.

Over describing, this is early days and I hope that I will keep looking at them and seeing ones I dislike and others that I think should stand alone. I will add an edit shortly with how it goes.

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Tactility.

I’ve been creating a book with a body of work called ‘Athair’ (Father, in Scots Gaelic), until a month ago it was naught but printed pages and an idea. Finally, though, I decided to have a go at finishing it. The work centres around me getting to know my father after him leaving home when I was at a young age, but really if you or anyone has a heretofore unknown father then they might relate to this work.

I’ll briefly explain its three sections:

Part I: The Object of Memory: Looks at objects from my fathers shed that I remembered from childhood.

Part II: The Shed: Looks at my father in his shed fixing and working.

Part III: The Boat: Looks at my father at work on his fishing boat.

Part I of this took place in the studio and I still had all of the objects that I photographed and so thats really where the look of the book comes from, I’ve used some of the photographed contents to create a hard, and fair chunky, book. It is a few minor adjustments from completion but all the meat is there.

Creating something from scratch and having such an good time creating this tactile, and for me quite special, item was fantastic. Something I will continue to pursue.

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Web Design: Part I (My own)

Following on from the last post, or as you may be reading them, the next post, photographers seem to end up with the boring end of the creative deal. I understand that my photographs need to stand out and make an impression, but I personally feel that my work doesn’t sit well on a bright white background. This is why my website is a little different from most photography websites, just because I’m a photographer doesn’t mean I’m going to have a website that doesn’t show off my skills, I can use dreamweaver with a small amount of skill, I’ve made a website.

I have kept everything other than my photographs greyscale because this way it still has an element of excitement. I’ve also used my handwriting to make the headers/titles/covers because I think that it gives the website a warmer feeling.

This is the top left hand side of my homepage, I’m going to change the homepage every couple of months to keep the people interested, I also want it to be an image that interests people and the colours in this image are for me quite striking against the grey background.

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This is from my portfolio page again I have used my handwriting here which I think helps the work, which is a part me, stay close to me and not become some obscurity on the internet.

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I have also assisted in the building of a website for my degree show I will talk about that briefly at a later date.

CV Research: Part II.

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This is the second part of my CV research so I’m going to look at Experience and Emloyment.

Employment is one I have struggled with every time I fix/alter my CV, and I finally read something by Nottingham University that made me finally decide how to do it. Previously it described each part of the job: KP, Kitchen, Waiter, Barman, Housekeeper. It was just too much so I compounded it into a couple of sentences I am much happier with the way this has turned out.

I have also swapped the position of employment and experience to put experience first, this means that the more important things are closer to the top.

Experience was one that really made me realise that I need to do some more placements/work in my field so for now this section is not very good but I hope being in touch with Street Level and Fotospace will eventually pay out. This has also pushed me to really think about what I want to do.

It seems that photographers have some of the most boring CV’s; Designers and Illustrators can have fun but photographers can’t? I don’t like the idea of not being able to show creativity, I am a creative I should be able to show that in my CV, in the last part I will experiment with some different ideas for creating an exciting CV as a photographer.

Co-creation and Professionalisms.

To create the degree show we have been given different jobs and along with Caitlin Boak, I created the logo for Iris; Caitlin and I co-created the first version (with her doing most of the work) this original was plain and was used very early on in the creation of our fundraising etc. after some discussion we as a group decided to add some colour and refresh the logo, I worked on this and used social media to ask the rest of the group for ideas and we have ended up with the logo you see below.

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I hope that this renewal of the logo won’t have people forgetting who we are and with only a small alteration from the original I don’t think it does. Once this was created we could finally get on with creating flyers and posters, I have created the design for the card we have kept to our new blue logo style. After completing the very simplistic design I worked with Thomas Kiernan (a Graphic Designer also at our university) to work out any bugs within the card itself, he advised some neatened text and that the email and web address should be within the blue at the bottom and here we are.

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We have a craft fair on Sunday and we shall begin handing out cards there hopefully everyone gets the information they need.

THE BALTIC

I want to start this post with something light hearted, recently whilst being given a tour around (behind the scenes) of the Baltic in Gateshead I was typing notes on my phone and just now reading through them I found a note to myself just asking ‘Can I be rich?’ This is a good question, will I be?

Anyway, it would probably be more interesting if I shared some of what I have gained from the experience of seeing these large exhibition spaces in transition. Chris Osborne, the Technical Manager, who showed us around was very honest which was very helpful, he has been involved at every show in the Baltic and he said that there are always different challenges when creating an exhibition of an size. The critical problems are hard to deal with and you may want to leave them to sort themselves out or wait until the end but should be dealt with as and when they arise.

Have a floor plan! Before we can start we need to know how the spaces flows and if people want installations etc. where would they fit into the dynamic. This brings me around to wether or not some of the work could be interactive, are people doing video? Are they having objects under their work? Is their sound? Will this affect others work? I’m starting to stress out just thinking about this.

Try and avoid white walls, this is our degree show, we should be experimenting with lots of different things and exploring how to hang work.

I will continue this very soon.

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FMP (Final Major Project).

Well, this is my last semester at university and so comes the final project, My project will be following on from a previous project and expanding upon it. The title for both projects together is ‘Muinntir an Àite’ which means ‘[The] Local People’ in Scots Gaelic, the first part which is already completed is called ‘Eisg is Dèosail’ which means ‘Fish and Diesel’  and this looked at the fishing industry on the Ross of Mull in the Hebrides. The second part ‘ ’S e Croitears a th’ Annainn’ (We are Crofters).

This part will look at crofting and the history of it. The history of crofting is still clearly visible in the ruins of the black houses and and the droving tracks that scar the landscape of the Hebrides.  I am also looking at some of the traditional uses for the land and what it has to offer. I am currently at home shooting for this project but today is far from an ideal day for heading out so catching up on a bit of editing. The first image below is a slight modernisation of the wool working in the Hebrides. All of the wool work would have traditionally been done in the township but now only a few steps of the job are done on location.

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The next image is the start of a series of portraits that I am doing for this work, I have attempted portraits previously but they ended up looking far different from the rest of my work. So for this dos of work I am trying to approach the portraits with the same sensibility as everything else. Hopefully I can build up the portraits as so far I haven’t done many.