Week ending 2nd April // Week 5 // Practical Skills
Week 5 is underway and having previously been a tad ‘stuck’, the weekend helped clarify my ideas so far. The Monday morning lecture was on practical skills and what the criteria looks for in terms of understanding aesthetic awareness and using imaginative and flexible processes. Essentially the ‘aesthetics’ of photography are the most important part of the work that we create, understanding the way art looks and how it is put together, something that runs through into the book workshop. We looked at Valerie Belin who photographs mannequins modelled on supermodels. She combines her photographs with vector graphics from the internet, using skills and aesthetic awareness to create final outcomes. Her work is visually exciting and complex, using layering, shape and composition to create imagery that reflects her interests and style.
Imaginative and flexible processes? Dictionary definitions
- Imaginative – Showing creativity or inventiveness
- Flexible – respond to altered circumstances
- Processes – methods/actions
We also looked at Hannah Hoch who worked on a women’s magazine during 1916. She produced images for magazines and the studios would cut and paste different images together. She used experimental processes such as juxtaposition, collage and placing in order to create pieces, using skill and knowledge learned. We mainly looked at artists who have overcome issues by using skill and experimentation in order to further their work. Another artist was photographer Francesca Woodman. We discussed the camera she may be using, the style she is aiming for, her subjects, and what she experimented with. This covered shutter speed, aperture, pose’s, gaze’s and so forth. Essentially, we looked at how extensive enquiry can develop creative solutions allowing our attempts to focus on different ways of addressing current ideas and being open to changes in direction.
By using my journal work and sheet development, i allow myself to experiment with my ideas visually, however, now being in week 5 i do believe it has come to the point where i want to really try different things, therefore creating a book with my work as an example seems to be the boost my work may need. After the lecture, i evaluated my ideas so far within my journal, exploring the ideas behind my interest in social housing having been influenced by friends who live on estates and these somewhat utopian inspired area’s created on community basis. Although some may view these areas as dingy neglected areas of society, i find some enjoyment out of this idea that they all connect in one place. The hidden beauty they also have through the flowers, statues and odd pops of colours are also fascinating, truly looking past the parts that may not be aesthetically pleasing to all and focusing on these random pops of unusual beauty.
By the end of this week, i had created a book using the method ‘Perfect Binding’ aswell as clarified my concept and ideas using the shoot i had completed that week. During the week i also experimented alot on photoshop with my images, creating and using different techniques to create graphical images that were transcriptions of my work. What was really interesting was planning and choosing the images i wanted to see within the book without being to picky. I also learnt how to design a book in different ways using indesign aswell as viewing how the book was glued together. The images looked more raw and real in the book form, an interesting viewpoint in to how i will showcase my work at the end of the FMP. However, as a sample, the book taught me that i need to evaluate my sequencing and cover work, therefore choosing what goes together and what should and should not be included.