UCA // FINAL GRADE AND REVIEW

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 satisfying progress 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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FMP / WEEK 9 & 10 / FINAL PREPARATIONS

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 2 / Research and Progression

Week ending 12th // Week 2

We began the week looking at research and what we need to progress in terms of artistry and work ethic. Essentially subject matter and primary and secondary research were the key points of discussion, collecting information and responding to these parts of our project in a way that will benefit our progression and final images/concepts. This experimentation and research also allows for valid design ideas and authority and knowledge of our work to be recognised through our outcomes.

We looked at advertising and the research behind these concepts that we see daily, an example of this would be Felix Baumgartner’s jump sponsored by red bull. We also looked at Miles Aldridge and his influences and research such as ‘Stepford Wives’ and Douglas Sirk’s melodrama’s from the 1950’s. Mark Gertler’s work such as the ‘Merry Go Round’ and how it inspired Miles’ work was also an interesting insight into how research can be a really important and experimental purpose of developing ideas. Films by Federico Fellini were also shown, such as La Dolce Vita, aswell as ‘Blue Velvet’ by David Lynch, inspiring me to look at the cinematic stills and explore within my own work the colours and angles shot. These film stills also have compositional values which can be really exciting in terms of moving image work aswell, allowing for extra framework to experiment.

My personal response to this criteria is the research i have done so far, for instance the study of ‘West Side Story’ and the beautiful cinematography by Daniel L Fapp, aswell as the experimentation of Tilt Lens and aerial shots. What was really interesting for me was drawing upon the key shapes and parts of these shots, put together like a puzzle, inspiring me to create sheets and experiment with previous shoots by blocking negative space and shapes. This week i also found an artist who has explored a really interesting aspect of Brutalist Architecture and the design forms behind it. http://popularuk.com/p/brutalHouse by Peter Chadwick is an intriguing response to the brutalist spaces within the uk, utilising graphic design and lens based work. His use of type and block colour is also really interesting, influencing me to create worksheets and experiment with my current ideas aswell as play with them. By manipulating these shapes i was also able to understand the compositions i want to create and look at within my own work, whether that be manually or digitally.

From the research developed in the week, i went on to shoot in my local town, exploring compositions and place and not restricting myself to the confines of the idea. This was really encouraging as the images that came out looked similar to work that has been an influence on me for a while e.g the Topography movement and Lewis Baltz. For the shoot i used a Canon 70D, in order to experiment with higher range cameras to create a clearer output of imagery. My crit with John also proved positive, linking ideas in order to progress aswell as suggestions like screen printing and film work. I also edited my images using inspiration from the artist research in order to play with graphical elements and how they can enhance my shoots and beautify the areas.

http://showstudio.com/

http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/gertler-merry-go-round-t03846

http://www.milesaldridge.com/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Side_Story_(film)

http://popularuk.com/p/brutalHouse

The Radical Eye // Tate Modern

THE RADICAL EYE: MODERNIST PHOTOGRAPHY FROM THE SIR ELTON JOHN COLLECTION 14th DEC 16

Yesterday i visited the new exhibition at the Tate, focusing on original modernist photography. It was a collection i had anticipated for a while, and was without a doubt a pleasure to view. Elton Johns collection includes thousands, but only around 15o rare vintage prints were exhibited, including pieces by Man Ray, Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange and many more. The rooms varied from experiments, to portraits and then onto objects and the manipulation involved by some of the artists. The obvious shift in time was fascinating, with photos from the Great Depression era and street photography that explored a whole new side to documenting. Herbert Bayer’s photo-montage self portrait has always been inspiring for me as well as Man Ray’s classic, glass tears, in which the model is in fact a mannequin. To be able to see the original prints and analyse and understand the images up close was truly special.

The experimentation within the photos was extraordinary, seeing how their own mistakes or accidents have influenced many photographers to date, such as long exposures, double exposures, solarisation and so forth. Other artists who have also inspired me from the show are the likes of Toni Schneiders, Josef Breitenbach and Llyod Ullberg. Recommend to all who find interest in the era and movement, or even just the diverse art work.

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