Demonstration of technical and Visual Skills, Quality of Outcome, Demonstration of Creativity
The tutor feedback for Assignment 3 is valid for this assignment as David made a point that with A3 that he felt:
“a bit lost in the work when just looking at the prints and the accompanying text. It was almost as if the text referred to what you wanted to be doing vs the prints looked at your reality, but everything made sense when I found a link to your blog”
I agreed with the issue he raised, and I have tried to improve that with Assignment 4, I have spoken to my tutor, David about this assignment and my feedback for Assignment 4.
He suggested looking at Mark Klett and specifically the Third View, Rephotographic Survey Project. (Rephotographic Survey Project, no date). The website has some excellent content and is based on archive photographs of the American West that have been rephotographed. They document the route, time and date of each photographic location and reconstruct the viewpoint from measurements from the original photograph to faithfully reproduce the original. Interesting to see the changes across the landscape and the smaller details within in the frame.
This assignment however is rather more structured and rather than one story it’s a web of stories that all have one thread in common; that people have died, families affected, lives changed forever, and the emergency services dealt with these horrific incidents. For this series ‘Fatal Consequences’. Initially, I felt it should consist of two images one being an overview from the driver’s or victim’s perspective or an object left had been left at the roadside shrine that reflected them from each of the 5 locations. When I talked about this idea to my tutor he suggested that perhaps I should take photographs along the route and include places where nothing significant has happened or maybe not who knows? I thought this was a really good idea to give a sense of direction and sequence. I expanded on that idea and filmed the drive using my dashcam and produced a short filmto add to my learning log.
When I reviewed the footage, it was amazing that as a driver I missed small details such a person standing in a doorway to a pub, yet drove safely without incident, avoided parked cars and obstacles.
The Square Mile assignment, assignment one demonstrated that I had no issues generally and my work was technically acceptable. I would agree that comment and I am comfortable with most aspects of my camera’s functions. I predominately work in manual setting unless I feel it necessary to work in a presetting such as Aperture mode. I used Manual mode for some of this assignment as it would have been quite challenging to work any other mode particularly using long exposures and controlling the white balancing at night. The remainder I used Aperture mode.
I was conscious that some images in the Square Mile were distracting and tried not to repeat that error here. So, to negate that I worked around the time of the original collision to try to replicate the light, traffic conditions and viewpoints e.g. high or low and make each photograph consistent with the next so as not to jar with each other. I also decided on a crop ratio early in the editing process to produce an 8×8 hardcover book. All the images were editing using Lightroom and mock-up books created in Adobe Indesign. These can be viewed here.
Presentation was always a key factor for me with this assignment and I didn’t feel that printing and numbering them was the way I wanted to present this work. I wanted to present them in a logical, almost clinical way which is why I started to organize them into a book. I felt that I needed to at least put some comment not to help the viewer but either put a name of the person who had died or date at each location. Under each collision photograph I placed the date of the accident and left the remaining photographs untitled. I looked Joel Sternfeld’s work as part of the research as suggested by my tutor. I found at least two examples similar to my project where either a shrine had been left or a plain ordinary building both with history of a violent past, but without the knowledge of what had taken place just looked like any other building. In a similar way each of the locations along the A2 may or may not have had serious accidents or none at all.
We often associate death with dates and therefore I have used this format. I have covered the narrative and circumstances in the blog entry and in the book. For each location where a fatal collision had occurred I found the news article, included it and designed it as a newspaper article. Using bold headlines, a sans-serif typeface, gutters and wrapping text around photographs. At each point I took several shots of the overall scene as it would have looked and included in the news article.
On the facing page(s) I then added photos of trinkets, flowers, plaques and objects or marks that had been left by loved ones. In the bottom left-hand corner, I added the date of the collision. For some photographs I decided to crop to a 1:1 square as these photographs in particular 7th September, where the heart is the main focus, whereas others such as an overall scene I changed the ratio to landscape.
For those photographs that make up the remainder of the journey I have placed them in between each event and left them untitled or dated. These pages I wanted to appear as ordinary rather than significant.
I consulted with David (my tutor) about my idea and apprehension about producing/making a book as I have never tried to this. He suggested reading Indie Publishing: How to Design and Produce Your Own Book (Design Brief). (Lupton and Maryland Institute, College of Art, 2008)
I found some helpful YouTube videos about Japanese Bookbinding. My tutor and I agreed if I was struggling for time to complete this assignment I could photograph my work and he would assess it on that basis. I managed to make two mock-up copies to ensure that the binding and page layout was correct before completing the final printed photobook.
I created a colour profile as part of the colour management printing process. I printed my own 8×8 prints using my Canon Pro10 using Fotospeed paper. However, I quickly discovered that Adobe Indesign does not colour manage well, and the examples demonstrate this. So, the solution was to export the book as a PDF and print using Adobe Acrobat. I was then able to print using the icc profile in the print settings, which achieved the correct colours.
I found researching this assignment quite a task. I had to trawl through the internet to find each article. To help me keep track of my research I created a mind map, which I have included in the link here. Some of my ideas have come from previous assignments such as the Decisive Moment and HCB’s work. My learning log has been updated regularly and with a suggestion by my tutor to divide the research and research within the assignment into separate posts little has changed in the style of my blog.
I created a colour profile as part of the colour management printing process. I printed my own 8×8 prints using my Canon Pro10 using Fotospeed paper. However, I quickly discovered that Adobe Indesign does not colour manage well and the examples demonstrate this. So, the solution was to export the book as a PDF and print using Adobe Acrobat. I was then able to print using the icc profile in the print settings, which achieved the correct colours.