Category: #Picbod


#Picbod Final Evaluation

This has been an incredible term for me in so many ways. The sheer amount of emotion I have placed into my final project has turned this into something that means so much to me.

Overall, I am incredibly happy with my #Picbod journey. I feel that I have experimented in so many different ways and really had the opportunity to explore different outlets of photographic creativity.The Nude and Naked task was what really put me on the road to my final piece. It pushed my personal boundaries and made me really consider what I wanted to show through my work.

I had to develop my ideas and photographs to suit each other, and feel that this was a very interesting experience for me and my work processes.

My favourite part of this project was probably the sheer amount of thought and feeling I put into this project, especially after being intent on doing a Artefact that would of allowed me to stay detached. The change in direction challenged me in a way I really enjoyed and has helped me grow as a photographer in confidence.

The video was difficult for me technically, and I have always hated listening to my own voice, but it was really fantastic to have the opportunity to communicate my ideas in a different medium and be able to see them come together fluidly.

If I was to change anything about this project, I would spend more time on the Digital Exhibition piece, and book out a Canon 5D instead of using my Canon 550D, as for some reason my camera would automatically stop the recording so I was relying on taking multiple different videos and stringing them together. I would also like to remake my photo book with pages that were not all just on the right. Though I am really happy with my photo book overall, making some of the pages double-sided so there was images on the left hand side as well could of been an interesting addition to it as a whole. I need to get more confident with printing things out of my comfort zone (like double sided images).

In conclusion, I have thoroughly enjoyed #Picbod, and do not regret choosing it as my module one bit. The exhibition has been an incredibly stressful part for everyone involved, but I am confident that our hard work and effort will pay off, and either way, being able to say that we arranged our own exhibition is something that everyone can be proud of being able to say.

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For #Picbod, we were also required to create a digital version of our work, that took advantage of the digital medium in a way a physical artefact couldn’t. With this in mind, I decided to create a video that had me speaking about my ideas and thought processes for this project. I wanted to take the opportunity to express my thoughts and opinions of this work in a way that blog posts and books cannot.

I wanted the emotion in my voice to mean something in video, so it is the only sound. I decided to accompany it with different pictures from the the project that didn’t make it into the book, along with some other pictures that help add weight to what I am saying in the video.

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I added this photograph in at different points in the video to contrast with my final images. I felt that showing how I like people to perceive me compared to the truth I was showing people would add more weight to how personal this project was for me.

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These images were added in because they were a part of my research about how the media and society places unrealistic expectations of beauty on us. I wanted these in the video because being able to have the right next to my photographs I feel helps people to visualise what I am trying to put across in my project.

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I chose to add video along with the pictures because I still wanted to be able to translate the physicality of the book into the video. I want this video and the book to be noticably connected and this felt like a solid way to achieve that notion. I don’t want people to consider my Digital Exhibition and Physical Exhibition piece as two separate entities, but rather each as one part of a whole. I think this helps them compliment each other and also makes the viewer aware of the existence of a physical artefact, like how I made the viewer aware of a Digital Artefact at the beginning of my book.
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This photograph appears at the end of the video, and carries a lot of weight for me. I wanted it to be there as a full stop to this project. I am not hiding behind angles or makeup. It is a straight on self portrait of me in my truly comfortable state of being, undeterred by the knowledge that these people will see me in a baggy t-shirt and unprotected by my barriers of make-up and attractive clothing. I wanted the viewer to see me in this light to put a face to the images in my book. I believe that adding this will hopefully make the viewer feel more connection and empathy towards the project and its purpose/ meaning.

This the final, completed, physical artefact for #Picbod.

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I changed the ordering of images slightly. Swapping the last page with the 7th (6th if not including front cover). I think having the front cover being a picture of my front and the last picture being a picture of my back creates a more complete journey through the photo-book. Also, the original image I had at the end, though a photograph I really like, is not as strong an image as the photo I now have as the final page.

For the purposes of my photo-book, I researched and practiced multiple different stab binding techniques and patterns to make sure my final Artefact was to the best quality standard I could make it.

I found a great website that offered multiple different Stab-binding tutorials.

http://lbforgues.blogspot.co.uk/2011/06/stab-binding-tutorial.html

I did the basic one first just to get back into the swing of things

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http://lbforgues.blogspot.co.uk/2011/12/japanese-stab-binding-tortoise-shell.html

I then looked at more complicated ones and experimented with the ‘tortoise shell’ pattern.

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I liked it, so decided to try it on my tester book that I got printed.

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http://lbforgues.blogspot.co.uk/2011/12/japanese-stab-binding-hemp-leaf-pattern.html

However, I then discovered the ‘Hemp Leaf’ pattern. After testing this one, I asked three different people which one they preferred, and they all said the ‘Hemp Leaf’ pattern was their favourite.

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So I have decided to use this pattern for my final book. I think it is an attractive pattern that fills up the two inches of space in a way that doesn’t make the book look lopsided or to ’empty’.

 

I named the work ‘Skin’ to allude to what the book is focusing on, while also hopefully placing the thought in the viewers mind to think about the concept of peoples skin as a whole while viewing the book.

The size I chose for this book (7x7inches) was chosen so that the viewer would have to get close to the artefact to view the contents. This isn’t some large print they can stare at from a distance, but an intimate artefact they must handle with care. I also wanted a small book to give the impression of how I feel about my skin and the imperfections that are this artefacts contents. If I had created a large book I feel that would of suggested confidence with my body. But a smaller more delicate creation, hand bound and the only solitary physical creation I have made for the project (no large prints to accompany it) reflects a much more scared, uncomfortable intimacy with the contents that truthfully reflects my dislike for my imperfections.

Hopefully, this intimacy will impact on the viewer, and make them understand a little bit more about myself and maybe, I hope, even their own personal perceived imperfections of their body.

As I have said before … If I can make one person walk away feeling a little bit more comfortable in their own skin, then I would consider this project a success.

This is my final chosen layout, and final images placed on there pages ready for printing.

This includes 2 inches to accommodate for the japanese stab binding necessary to bind the book together once printed.

They are, including the added two inches to accommodate for book binding, 7×7 inches. Without the added length, they are 5×7 inches.

I added a short introduction page to the beginning. It’s very simply, with just a small quote I created to give a vague explanation of my work, and some text at the bottom to direct people to my Digital Exhibition work which will be created in conjunction with this Artefact.

I am really happy with my final images, and think they will look great as a book.
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I may swap the final image with one of the other larger images, as outside opinion is it is possibly not a strong image to end on. However, I can easily change the images around after the are printed to check what works before binding them.

I have chosen to display my images in a book.

So I have created a few different mock ups in photoshop to help me decide how to lay out my images.

These are the different page styles I think could look good for my artefact.

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Design One
Probably a bit to over the top for what I am showing, possibility that it draws more attention to the book layout than the actual images
Also not much room for larger photos.
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Design 2
Even less room for Large images and the amount of small images is repetitive, so not a good choice. But I do like the idea of having a small amount of text in my photo-book.
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Design 3
Probably my favourite. Varied pages and includes the possibility for some text. Slightly repetitive but I think the different amount of small images of different pages helps break it up and make it more interesting. More than enough room for my large images.
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These are my final photographs from the previous post, but narrowed down to a chosen set to go into my final artefact, and cropped accordingly to fit with my focus on imperfections of the skin.

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These are the images I have chosen for my final artefact.

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I did place them through photoshop to do some basic editing due to my dislike of the colour of the photographs.

However, true to the ideas of my project, I removed nothing from my images.

In fact, I made my images as true to real life as possible, making my blemishes and imperfections as noticeable as they are to me in every day life. The lighting from the studio had washed some of the them out so I rectified that. I did the complete opposite of what the media does.

This is my raw file photographs uploaded to photoshop.
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The main thing I did was drop the temperature of the images and increase the clarity. This got rid of the sickly orange tone and made my skin and imperfection much more the focus of attention.
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This is how one of my images looks after the small tweaks I made
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I like how the image colours resemble that of some of Elinor Caruccis work.

 

I understand that people may think it is hypocritical to edit my images when I want these to be a truthful representation unlike the media, but I honestly believe the small amount of editing I have done to these makes them drastically more truthful and ‘uninterrupted by the noise of unnatural colour and washing out of the skin and it’s imperfections that got picked up in the studio.