Archive for February, 2013

Story-Board Task

We were asked to choose 3 minutes of a film and print-screen 10 moments that story-board what happened.

It was surprisingly difficult, especially with the print-screens being blurry and trying to decide what moments would make sense in the set to somebody who had never seen the film.

I chose the Avengers film.












I don’t think the moment where it cuts from Iron Man to Pepper Potts in the jet makes sense, though I did consider it important to the scene. I possibly should of done another print-screen explaining that moment more, but at that point I would be sacrificing other parts.

To put it shortly, it is incredibly difficult to storyboard, but at the same time vital. I think it will be easier to storyboard when I am sticking more to my own images and footage as I will not have to conform to something that I know must happen.


<p><a href=”″>Walkthrough: Japanese Stab Binding</a> from <a href=”″>CU Photography</a> on <a href=””>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>


<p><a href=”″>Basic introduction to bookmaking</a> from <a href=””>Jonathan Worth</a> on <a href=””>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

Digital books give people without the money/ means to create there own book without costing the earth.

Different websites for making print ready digital books.



  • Digital Era – Information
  • Look for information through ‘linked digital devices’
  • Digital natives born into it but don’t necessarily understand it

How does this translate for books?

  • Information is King
  • We have the ability to find, share, edit, copy and produce information – but we can’t do that with books – it is difficult to share the information in a book without showing the person exactly what you are talking about.
  • Books only purpose is to be read – can’t do nothing else
  • We used lined digital devices
  • Convergence culture
  • ‘A book is a sequence of spaces. Each of these spaces is perceived at a different moment’
  • Images and books are rectangular because that is easier for distribution
  • Quote Dick Higgins
  • Difference between photography book and photo-book – the photo book is an artefact in itself. The photography book is a collection

Hans – Georg Gadamer – Horizons

  • First ‘Horizon’ we have is the Artists Horizon – Vision/ Ideas/ Agenda
  • Viewers ‘Horizon’ – Shaped by ‘past experiences’, what we have seen/ upbringing/ personal pros/ personal cons/ likes/dislikes/ memory/ knowledge/ experience
  • When the viewer sees the artists work those horizons fuse – we want to understand the artist point of view, we want to see what they see.
  • Horizons – our presentation choices must reinforce the communication of our message or theme
  • We don’t want to confuse/ isolate the viewer, so our point must be clear
  •  Nobuyoshi Araki ‘Sentimental Journey + Winter Journey’ – personal and sad
  • The book is in a slip case and is hardback – cumbersome to carry around, can’t read on train – invites you to sit down with the book and almost share the intimacy in the way it was intended.
  • Broken Manual, Special Edition Alec Sloth, Steidl, 2010 – book about hermits and monks and homeless – book is hidden inconspicuously within another book.

What will the photo book have to do to survive in the digital age?

  • What is bad about photo books?
  • Cost, Distribution, ease of production, time, space, storage
  • You can have hundreds of books on your phone in the digital age
  • What is good about photo books?
  • A photo book is self-contained artefact, it will always work, you can always read it, experience, generative. It cannot be taken out of context unlike online objects in the digital age.
  • Kevin Kelly – better than free – Generative qualities – we need to find things that people value – people value what can’t be copied, can’t be replicated digital – generative qualities
  • Embodiment Quote –
  • People do not want to rebel against the digital world, but we want to embrace qualities like getting together to read books. New books (not just photo books) are being designed to be more generative – more beautiful artefacts.
  • Indie photo-book library
  • Self – publishing scene challenges what a book can be
  • Craig Atkinson: Bits – low edition personalised ‘books’ that are all completely different
  • Digital age allows us to discuss books with thousands of different people.
  • Few people are making money from books, but books are doing very, very well. It isn’t about making money, it is about getting people to see something and making a point.
  • ‘Our Age of Anxiety is, in great part, the result of trying to do todays job with yesterday’s tools and yesterday’s concept.’ – Marshall McLuhan
  • Books can’t be updated, digital books can.
  • ‘Between Page and Screen’ digital book.

One Purpose for the present is to see what alternative forms and materials ‘the book’ can take: can it be a pack of shuffle able cards? Can it be a long folded accordion strip? Can it have two front covers and be ‘read’ in both directions? Can it be a single chart? An audiotape? A Videotape?

NFB – Welcome to Pine Point


– Not a digital book but a digital publication?

Directed Study


4 people per book, sell me the book in 4 minutes (15 mins prep)

–        Generative qualities

–        Narrative/ sequencing

–        Concept

–        Before/after

My Part to Research and Talk about: Generative Qualities


–        The book invites you to sit and pull it out of a protective case – what you are about to view is unnerving and isn’t something that can just be displayed anywhere.

–        The cover is made of just simple cardboard and the book itself is made of very thin paper. It is cheap and very simply bound

–        The front covers material is like wallpaper, and looking through the photographs you can see that the paper for the front cover is the same and the wallpaper in the background of some of his photographs. This helps draw you in to the atmosphere and situations he is laying out for you.

–        ‘Weber and publisher Schilt also made the decision to bind it in the same wallpaper stock that hangs on the wall behind many of the detainees. Weber has come to see the modern State as “a primitive and bloody sacrificial rite of unnamed Power.” The choice of the outmoded wallpaper is an unnerving nod to the Power of a throwback era and brings us closer to the outmoded policing within these outmoded spaces.’

  • Tools – Meta Data – Apply a creative commons license.
  • Good to view files in and organise photos through
  • Key wording will become more useful the larger your library grows. But you must keep a good and uniform system.
  • Edit – Find (command F) – Smart Collections – Keywords, Contains, Name of what you are looking for.
  • Everything that contains that key word will show up.
  • Next to Filter Bar is ‘Collections’ Bar. Can be used to cross-reference folders

Refining Decisions

  • This is about selecting the better images to be carried forward for editing (and can be a surprisingly lengthy process)
  • A star Rating system works well
  • In adobe bridge – below thumbnail are dots – click on dots to make star ratings – helps you refine your photos till you have your final perfect set
  • Editing decisions can be tough, but are crucial
  • Give yourself time and breathing space
  • Bear in mind editing for different uses/ output

Correcting with Camera Raw

  • Raw is unprocessed and uncompressed image data (unlike jpegs). Hence, much more can be altered with raw data (adobes camera raw plug in)
  • Double click on raw files or right click (opens in camera raw)
  • Slide of images down the side and you have a lot of control including white balance
  • Can change exposure, brightness and contrast in bridge but better to use Photoshop for that (curves)
  • Select all images and then click synchronize. You can select which edits you have done on one image and apply it to all of your other images. -> AWESOME!
  • Can click done and it will save all of the changes and put a symbol over picture showing you have edited the raw data.

Different File Sizes

  • Keep different options for different uses (original raw, medium size hi – res jpeg, small low res jpeg)
  • Good idea to have a folder of publicity images of your practice.
  • Resizing in Photoshop and batch editing (actions – also image processor)
  • Remember: ’Bicubic smoother’ to size up, and ‘Bicubic sharper’ to size down.

Back Up and Storage

  • Back up both your original files and your finalised edited images.
  • As standard aim to always keep at least 2 copies of your work.
  • An external hard drive will be worthwhile purchase.
  • Archiving can be done both offline and online

Step 8: Output

  • Using the print bureau, preparing the files

-PDF, TIFF, or JPEG format

-300ppi at the exact output size.


-Preview Monitor to check colour depending on paper.

-But worth testing different papers before final print

  • In Photoshop Colour settings – Edit Adobe RGB (1998)

Visit to the print Bureau

  • Have special papers
  • Have a screen that is colour collaborated to the printers
  • Between 2 to 5 days for printing depending on how busy it is.

(I could of stayed in there forever. The history of the books was phenomenal. They were such beautiful artefacts from so many different cultures and religions! I am a sucker for things like that, they hold so much historical value and so often they are as beautiful and awe inspiring as any painting or photograph, sometimes even more so for me. It’s a shame that you were not allowed to take photographs, but I understand why due to the fragile nature of the materials. I was however able to get some photographs of some japanese bottles and some information about them)

I would of gladly stayed in that beautiful building during my whole time in Ireland. I went there on the final day, on my own, in the rain. From what I had been told I expected a small room with some old books inside. I couldn’t of imagined that I was stepping into Irelands equivalent of the British Library!

They held some of the most outstanding historical artefacts. Religious texts from religions that have survived till today and even texts from those that did not. Books from every corner of the globe, with detailed descriptions of how they were made, bound and what materials were used.

I was amazed by some of these books, that in there own right have become beautiful artefacts. The lotus Sutra was particularly eye-catching. It is thought to contain the final sermon given by buddha. Their copy was from the first century AD!

They also had a Jade Book. It is ‘The song of the Jade Bowel’, written by the Imperial Brush (Yu Biyu Weng Ye) – Qianlong Emperor. It was created by tracing poem onto thin paper then engraving into the surface of the jade.

A text I was especially impressed to see was from one of the oldest Gospel texts in the world. It was a tiny fragment that contained chapter 19, verses 25-28 (Crucifixion Account) and was from the Gospel of Saint John. This fragment dated to the second half of the second century AD.

I learnt so much while I was there. I discovered that there was a religion called Jainism, which was one of the three major religions of early India. I also found out what the first rule of Japanese painting is/ was, ‘grasp the living spirit of a subject rather than to deceive the eye with the reproduction of it’s presence.’. I also learnt about different kinds of book binding, including ‘Pressure – Moulded Binding’.

One of my favourite things to see was the European books. They had some of the most beautiful book bindings. Imprinted patterns, leather of different colours, mouldings and thickness. Tiny books to absolutely massive atlas’. It is amazing to consider that our ancestors put so much effort into making these books that have survived to the present day, yet this was common practice in their time, while today it has become so rare.

I was disappointed that I couldn’t take photographs, however I do understand the reasoning behind it. I found the layout confusing at times, and would find myself reading about texts from islam when I thought I was still in the Christianity section, only to discover I had gone a way not intended and missed the introduction to the section.

However, I absolutely adored it, and would definitely like to return. My mother and sister would adore it as well.

Belfast Exposed Gallery

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Belfast City

(The weather was horrible so didn’t get many photographs!)

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Coach Ride to Dublin

(Mainly photographed some of the impressive cloud-lines, by the time we got into Dublin it was very dark so not many of my photos worked what with us moving at the same time.)

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Dublin Gallery of Photography

(The old Camera was actually in the museum just across the road from the gallery, I just thought it was such an exquisite example of true craftsmanship!)

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Dublin City

(Found some of it, with the old high buildings and the river running through reminiscent of Amsterdam when I went there last year, though they have water-ways running through all over the place in Amsterdam, not just one river running through the middle. Both are beautiful places)

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Dublin National Gallery of Ireland

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Merrion SQ 

(It felt like I was in a miniature Kew Gardens. So beautiful and the sun was beginning to set so I had a lot of fun experimenting with light)

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(You had to pay to get into the main area so I couldn’t go through there, but I enjoyed photographing the outside and the sort of ‘hallway’ area)

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Chester Beatty Library Gardens 

(Small circular Garden with a large grassy area in the centre where it appeared they were setting up for an event. Didn’t get as many nice photos as it was raining quite heavily and I was trying to take photographs while protecting myself and the camera at the same time.)

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Beatty Library 

(I could of stayed in there forever. The history of the books was phenomenal. They were such beautiful artefacts from so many different cultures and religions! I am a sucker for things like that, they hold so much historical value and so often they are as beautiful and awe inspiring as any painting or photograph, sometimes even more so for me. It’s a shame that you were not allowed to take photographs, but I understand why due to the fragile nature of the materials. I was however able to get some photographs of some japanese bottles and some information about them) 

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Belfast Exposed

Lucas Foglia – ‘A Natural Order’

  • Lets people he photographs use photos as well
  • Photos have two lives, two purposes
  • Could be used for different purpose than it was intended
  • Good or bad?
  • Does is lose something from it?
  • Benjamin Walters theory – reproduction, Aura ect.
  • A Natural Order – can be linked with Levi Strauss
  • How the subject is shown differently depending on how involved you are

Talk from John Duncan – Source Magazine

  • Colour first introduced to the magazine in 1995
  • Every issue featured 3 portfolios of individuals
  • If want to send work into a magazine – source interested in graduate work – keeps is fresh
  • 2000 – format of magazine changed
  • when making a book/ magazine, size a format is key
  • for a number of years organised exhibitions to make money/ attract funding
  • Commissioned essays to accompany portfolios – sometimes a few words from the original photographer but mostly commissioned essays from a separate person.
  • Mixture of top end photographers and younger, newly graduated photography students
  • Look at different things – ‘advertising’ = regular column on different adverts from other magazines – By Judith Williams
  • Law Column – copyright of images, social media, protecting rights, original content.
  • Keep work simple, don’t overquote, don’t ramble on – key points when it comes to describing work
  • Need to be aware of what people want to see + hear when looking for work and/ or to be published
  • make sure you have your own website for work by the time you leave university
  • look at Willie Doherty – twice turner price winner
  1. online resource – useful
  • Facebook – source photographic review


Extra Places to Visit:

  • Irish museum of modern arts – Earlsfort  Terraced
  • Project centre +arts – 39 Essex st
  • National Gallery of Ireland – Merian SQ (enter Clare ST)

Gallery of Photography 

  • Founded in 1978
  • Building designed by same people who designed new photography building in London
  • Building to small for what they holdRichard Gilligan – DIY
  • Homemade Skateboard Parks
  • Documenting them around the world since 2008
  • Interested in the people that occupy these spaces
  • sculptural qualities of the environment they have created.Martin Cregg – The Photo Course
  • responds to the environment of the CDVEC photographic course at ST kelvins collage Dublin
  • Look at the energetic imprint from teaching and learning, against the fead wood of the institutional building
  • building not designed to teach photography
  • responds to the relationship between photographic discourse, practice and environment
  • Subtle and Ephemeral micro-events – day, week, yearAlberto Maserin – Et Nunc (And Now)
  • Work in progress
  • childhood experience
  • perceived priests as having two identities
  • Before and during mass
  • ‘Sacred vestments of the catholic religion have the ability to transform the priest into an embodiment of divine power.  my work uses documentary photographic portraiture to examine this transformation.’Ciaran Og Arnold – No day or night
  • Subjective documentation
  • life in a Midlands town
  • Try’s to convey emotional response of those who exist on the fringes
  • not necessarily social or political
  • existential in natureAnn Marie Curan – unSaid – La Petite Mort
  •  Work in progress
  • interprets spaces that some consider to be empty in that they are not fulfilling their potential.
  • for her they are embodying a sensual world of be-coming
  • ‘they are little deaths, detached, melancholic, languishing’

National Photographic Archive 

Find something historical you never knew before by looking and reading about the photographs

  • Amelia Earhart landed in Derry – North of Ireland
  • Merrion Square – Laid in 1762 – been home to Daniel O’ Connell, Oscar Wilde, WB Yeats and Sybil Connolly

Talk – Kate Nolan + Paul Gofney 

  • Kate Nolan
  • Neither – three year project
  • Prussia – In between Poland and Lithuania
  • Stayed with young woman who told her about the place
  • didn’t want work to e misrepresented
  • placement in book of images is incredibly important
  • but also important to consider how the viewer will book and interpret photos

National Gallery of Ireland

First Impressions

  • Friendly Staff
  • Nice Flow, they include name of painting, name of artist, date painted, short review of the work and when it was purchased by the gallery

Irish Painting Room

  • Small exhibition of work by Jack B. Yeats
  1. Yeats (London 1871 – 1957)
  2. Work became more chaotic/ abstract as he aged
  3. political paintings showing his hatred of war
  • Imagining the Divine  – The Holy Family in Art
  1. Collection of paintings, sculptures and drawings
  2. learnt what pouncing is (similar to tracing)
  • Frederick William Burton – ‘ The Meeting on the Turret Stairs’
  1. Kept Safe From Light in Special Cabinet
  2. The cabinet is opened for a hour, three times a week for viewing.
  • Mixture of different works – from renaissance age, religious, political, abstract 70’s work (e.g. William Scott) to modern day portraits (Colin Davidson ‘Michael Longley’ 2011 – 2012)

Sculpture Room

  • Small but a lot of interesting busts (head sculptures)
  • More Sculptures at back in Beit Wing

Beit Wing

  • Includes Historical collections like silverware 
  • drawing rooms for both children and older
  • Exhibition of Jack B. Yeats’ Sketchbooks
  1. Small, intimate books
  2. Beautiful Colours
  3. Range of subjects
  4. Kept in protective glass cases but you could easily view them quite close up to properly analyse the interesting details
  5. Books a range of different shapes and sizes

European Paintings

  • Fantastic wall showing conservation work, explaining the process’ and showing the before and after. 
  • They had a Van Gogh Painting – Rooftops in Paris (1886)
  • Picasso
  • Paul Signae

Photo Book Talk

To many people so we had to leave so more people could fit in!

Chester Beatty Library 

  • Japanese Artefacts – Absolutely stunning!
  • Arts of the Books – East Asia, Islam, Europe
  • Includes ancient texts and beautiful artefacts from the different cultures
  • China – Snuff Bottles – Tobacco, herbs + spices – especially popular 1662 – 1722 – Considered art form, amazing shapes and details made from a range of materials
  • Jade Book – Traced poem on thin paper then engraved into surface of jade – ‘The song of the Jade Bowel’ Written by the Imperial Brush (Yu Biyu Weng Ye) – Qianlong Emperor
  • Buddhist Sutra from Dunhuang – Even though it is just simply writing it has an incredibly beautiful and calming quality – International Dunhuang Project –
  • First ‘Rule’ of Chinese painting: grasp the living spirit of a subject rather than to deceive the eye with the reproduction of it’s presence.
  • Islam – Lasequer Binding – Paint design on pasteboard base, cover with layers of varnish
  • Pressure-Moulded Binding – layers of paper pasted together – sturdy pasteboard – A depression is moulded out of the pasteboard (exact shape of stamp) – Leather pasted onto cover and stamp is forced into depression, transferring he pattern to the leather.
  • Astronomy – Vital to Islamic world – used to calculate times of prayer, direction of Mecca and months of lunar calander
  •  Europe – beautiful bindings – imprinted patterns, leather – tiny books to absolutely massive atlas’
  • Religious Texts Room
  • Buddism, Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism, Christianity
  • Jainism – one of the three major religions of early India
  • Lotus Sutra – ruled gold lines – thought to contain final sermon given by buddha – first century AD
  • The excellent Pharma of the Lotus Sutra (6th Volume) – Gold and silve on paper – dark blue
  • The Qur’an
  • The Gospel of Saint John – Tiny fragment of text – contains chapter 19, verses 25-28 (Crucifixion Account) – One of the oldest Gospel texts in the world – Dates to second half of second century AD
  • So many different gospel accounts – some as old as 180 AD!

The Beatty Library Paintings Exhibition

  • Barbizan painters left paris to portray the countryside of rural france at time of political, social and technological upheaval (around 1848 I believe, not made entirely clear) 
  • Rosa Bonheur ‘A Stag’ 1893
  • Beatty visited Egypt a lot – collected painting and manuscripts – fondness for orientalist painting
  • Thomas Couture (1815 – 79)  ‘Pifferaro’ 1877 – ‘Old Musician’ – Colours remind of Van Goghs warm work but it seems to be only this painting that resembles those colours. – One of the last paintings before his death.


You will be sent to a place you have never visited and be given a theme to explore. You should (through research) choose how you might represent and approach your theme or message in the production of a series of 10 images sourced through google earth and/or google street-view.

Your workshop outcomes, along with a short (<300 word) review, should be evidenced on your blog.

My Task: Seattle, WA – Commercialism


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Task Review

I found this incredibly difficult, I was barely able to get 10 images.

I did look up Seattle and commercialism in google search, and discovered that they were banning it from schools to try and stop children from being overexposed. I print-screened a picture of a school but after that I was quite stuck. I looked up advertising agencies and print-screened how many there were, but this felt like I was being misleading as I was really struggling to find any obvious advertising. I did capture how many very large buildings there were, and did eventually find advertising billboards on the side of buildings.

But again this doesn’t seem like an accurate representation of the city. There didn’t even seem to be many buses with adverts on them.

Overall I thought it was very strange trying to represent a city I had never visited on such a specific subject. I was purposely looking for things relating to the subject which I feel means that any images I did capture were disproportionate to the reality as it is skewed but me not knowing much about the city and only knowing I somehow have to link a subject to it.

I possibly wouldn’t of felt this way If I had had the opportunity to do more in depth research of the city, as perhaps then I would of had a more balanced view and opinion, so that could be something to consider if I ever find myself having to do something like this again.

  • Headphones
  • Microphone
  • Mic Clip so can clip onto stand
  • Remote control
  • Recorder
  • Plug
  • USB Cable
  • SD Card

The red circle is the select button

Go into menu – record and setup:

sample rate (44.1 KHZ)

Rec Mode (Wav 24 bit – best quality)

Press Menu to return

Option number 8 in menu – SD Card – Format

Back out of menu – left and right buttons (<< + >>)

Press red record button once – not recording but red button flashes

Go back into menu and change it to MP3 320 – can record for a lot longer but lower quality

Press red button again to start recording (flashing red = not recording, Solid Red = Recording)


The bar of the front should be peaking between 12 and 6

On side – input level up and down

DON’T CHANGE VOLUME – doesn’t change recording at all, only change what you hears

On the back Mic gain – on high unless you are outside and don’t want to pick up to much background noise like cars

Pop the microphone that is included into the side. It is directional. Better for not picking up background noise.

To take the recording off.

Press and hold power to turn it off. Take out SD card.

Pop it into laptop

Press finder button in on