The final show has come (16th June), and was filled with friends, family and others!. It was so amazing seeing my final work up on the walls and viewing the other work that other students had completed. The achievement of creating an exhibition space in itself was an amazing feeling, aswell as seeing how my work and skills have developed over the course of the year. Today i also received my final grade – Distinction!, which has just completely made everything i have done for this project worthwhile. Being lucky enough to study and develop in a creative environment has been such a exciting oppurtunity for me, helping me realise what i would like to move on to aswell as being able to recognise what excites me and keeps me going. Thanks to everyone who helped me realise the end project!! I hope for more exciting things to come..

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15th – 26th May // Week 9&10

At the beginning of the 9th week, i had my completed shoots and found successful imagery, reflecting my interests and progression so far.

I began to plan what i needed to do in order to complete my final exhibition in time. I started the week with the clear idea of keeping my space simple and minimalistic, reflecting upon the area’s only and the spaces within the images. I had a group crit and a talk with a tutor about creating my book and selecting the final imagery. I concluded that i would include previous images from shoots earlier on in the project and combine them all to showcase the different locations all in one. I chose imagery from a number of locations, combining simple elements from each photograph to pair them together. I designed my book online on blurb, using the Bookwright tool, and kept the layout simple to reflect the imagery in a modern approach. I also included nouns on same pages, of simple descriptions of words commonly attached to the area’s of interest. I also decided on a final title for my project, naming the book ‘Turf –  a collection of spaces’. What i really liked about this title was the images it instantly reflects, Greenery, shown through my search for beauty and nature within the shots, aswell as the representation of someone else’s space. When visiting the locations, i was always on someone else’s ‘turf’.

I began to also finalise my proposal, not rewriting it to much but adding bits of information, aswell as my statement and evaluation. This i documented through my journal, planning on what i need to include in the pieces of writing. As soon as the book arrived (thanks blurb), i put my selected 4 images in for printing and prepared the space by painting and cleaning the floors so it would be clean and ready for presentation. I chose 4 images that reflected the spaces i had visited in a compositional way, aswell as using my planning to choose 4 that worked together well. This allowed me to evaluate my area and see where each image would look best, aswell as constructing a shelf for my book with help from my tutor. Having two people help put the space up meant that i could see whether they were placed right and receive feedback. I really enjoyed this as it has helped me prepare for future exhibitions by analysing and being selective with what i wanted to show. I carried on evaluating and finished of sketchbooks, still drawing and exploring ideas. I played around with the idea of showing drawings of the images i had taken also, however decided that they work better with my sketchbook and development work.

After the last shoot i had completed, i realised that i work best when i am more spontaneous, therefore allowing myself to be free when working. I think this shows through my research styles and how my project has developed over the course of the FMP. On Monday and Tuesday (22nd and 23rd) i collected my imagery and placed them on the wall, with help from my tutor in preparation for the deadline. My aim was to completed my exhibition space by Wednesday, in order to focus on completing my written work, blog and review of my project. By Thursday i had completed the final parts of my exhibition space and also written up all final documents ready for Friday. Whilst writing the evaluation, i realised how far my idea had come and felt an enormous sense of achievement in how far i have come over the last year of the course, especially the FMP. It has been a really encouraging year for me, seeing all different works of art, taking in new knowledge and research and also developing my own ideas into a real project and exhibition. Everything i have learnt this year has really pushed and inspired me to work with my ideas and explore as much as possible, something i was not so confident in before. I am really happy with the final outcomes and definitely believe i can build upon the project in the future, hopefully showcasing new imagery and building upon my development further.

FMP / Week 4 / Planning and Production

Week Ending 26th // Week 4 // Planning and Production

We are now in the 4th week of our FMP and its become apparent of the planning and production that not only me but a few of us should have explored form the start. However, its not to late ever to bring clarity and anticipate change in ones own work. Production allows you to keep you eye on the end result aswell as develop imagery and work that is in keeping with the aesthetic you are working towards. The processes i use within these are key for the experiments i will test out. A part of the planning and production is attending the morning lectures and group crits in order to receive feedback on the work i am doing, something i have found very valuable to my work. We looked at Chris Shepherds work this morning, using his style to remind us to be coherent and work towards creating something that truly reflects us. Another artist we looked at was Garry Winogrand. ‘His work has been the subject of many museum and gallery exhibition, and was included in the 1967 “New Documents” exhibition, curated by John Szarkowski at the Museum of Modern Art, New York’ (1). It was really interesting to see the visual connection between his imagery, following city streets, people etc. We also looked at John Szarkowski’s work and his influences, being a legendary curator and critic. Essentially, the morning  talk was looking at how artists structure their work and develop their projects also, therefore being aware of time allows you to achieve your goals.

This week proved a bit difficult having previously discussed ‘time management’. I had basically hit a ‘wall’, however, i found that this has been crucial in terms of me developing as an artist and overcoming problems in order to create something that truly works with who i am. What became clear was the change in my projects direction, although it isn’t major, it definitely has changed my views on what i want to achieve. I began on the Tuesday by evaluating what i have done so far, and whether it is enough or coherent in terms of development. Essentially what i found when evaluating, is that my ideas and progress have been steady so far, however they haven’t truly inspired me to explore and look further into my subject matter, something i believe has been restricted by my constant focus on building upon the exact same idea i began with. From this i began to write down key words that i identify from my work on post it notes and laid them out, this helped me identify current working theme’s within my work. I then brainstormed from this, identifying the key concepts i want to work with. On the Friday, i shot round the local estates in Canterbury focusing on the unusual and ironic parts of the buildings.

Later on in the week Me, Gina and Zai began to photograph around UCA in order to gather imagery for the Book Workshop. These images were really fun and successful, reminding all three of us to be playful with the camera and not feel stiff and restricted when taking photographs. We began to learn how we could develop our work and showcase it in a professional way. This followed examples such as Kettle stitch, perfect binding and Japanese book binding. Next week i would like to use my current shoots to create an example of a book using perfect binding in order to experiment.

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FMP / Week 3 / Problem Solving

Week ending 19th //  Week 3 // Problem Solving

The Week began with the third topic being about Problem Solving and exploring ways in which ideas can be resolved and developed. Essentially, ideas can be solved by progression and making conscious independent choices that will influence your work and the experiments you produce. Hendrick Kerstens images that refer to dutch styles of paintings (Vermeer) have their own essence of problem solving and how the artist has worked around his initial issues. By playing unpredictable sometimes, you allow yourself to experience new outcomes. John Smith’s film by the name of ‘Chewing Gum’ 1976 was also a project that was planned but turned out differently to initial ideas, inspiring the final edit. All these things lead to problem solving and effectively using the time we have to create work.

Ironically, this week has been a slow and dead one for me in terms of experimentation and development. My ideas still represent excitement to me and validity but i seem to have hit a wall because i have allowed my idea to block me in, leaving little room for experimentation and exploration. Therefore, i spent most of the week looking at artist works and films, including the abstract series of Netflix, and films with little reference to my current work at the moment such as ‘Wish you were here’. I used these to draw from them the beauty of film and shots each one is taken in. I also practiced camera basics and proceeded to update my knowledge on the kind of images i am currently shooting. There was also a group crit in which we discussed my ideas, and i began to look further into this community social aspect of social housing and photographing this hidden beauty aspect. This could include portrait images of people, the juxtaposition of beauty and purpose built and so forth. The idea was to play, therefore i planned a shoot for week 4 in order to inspire myself into beginning to photograph more for the project.