Final Crit

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Feedback:

-The theme is very clear in the final images

-Layout works really well – the ‘boxed’ images shown in a series create as narrative of people’s lives.

-Make sure it’s uniformed

-Don’t spread the images too far apart

 

Overall food feedback as I kept to my original idea and people got the meaning I was trying to show, which was documenting different lives and how similar/ different they can be. It was nice to see how the layout that I had chosen reflect on my meaning also, mirroring the chaotic life that is a youth.

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Final Evaluation

When starting the final major project I didn’t have a set idea of what I wanted to do, all I knew is that I wanted to document youths of today. Progressing through the project I developed many different ideas that contributed towards my final images and ideas, allowing me to grow and get more of a sense of what I wanted my final work to look like. As I went on to take more shoots my ideas started to come together more clearly. Carrying out a lot of research on many different aspects throughout the project helped me a lot as it was a way to get inspiration from other artist and adapt and use in my own style. I made sure to explore many different techniques such as doing a test film shoot; creating a moving image and also developing one of my shoots by experimenting with fill in flash . I also experimented with different layouts, captions and editing techniques, finding which ones fit best with the goal I had in mind. I do feel I had a solid plan from start to finish that really helped me stay on track and kept me to the brief throughout.

I am really proud of the outcome of my final images as they really capture different elements of the models and how they all lead a different life but are still able to come together. Using different angles, viewpoints and cropping to ensure I got a wide range of image across every shoot worked well. Adding all these elements together in a grid worked perfectly as it allowed the viewer to see every aspect from the shoot, including wide shots and details. Having the 4 big collages was nice to have as they allowed each of the subjects to stand out on their own. Having the smaller images scattered around each model creates a link; that they share friends and have similar aspirations in life. It also mirrors how chaotic a youth’s life can be, as everything is changing and they still have so much to learn. By having the words on the images was a way to add a more personal aspect as it shows what each of the models were feeling and thinking. I wanted the viewer to feel as if they were looking into someone else’s life, whilst comparing the similarities and differences of their day-to-day lives. As stated in my artist statement my work is not only about documenting their story but mine also. My work makes the viewers see what I see, as these are all my friends and I’m involved in each of their journeys.

To improve my project I feel it would have been interesting to do more shoots with larger groups of people. However it is hard to make that happen, as students are very busy. I could explore deeper into their personal lives, including their family, showing the difference between how they act towards their family vs. friends. I would have loved to get the models to write the text that was across some of the images to make it even more personal to each of the subjects.

Artist Statement

Artist Statement

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Studying photography for the past four years I feel my work has grown a lot with me. Stepping out of my comfort zone was a way to always push myself to grow, even branching out to mixed media and moving image. I have found so much joy in exploring different mediums within photography, teaching me a lot about the technical aspects as well as the deeper meaning hidden behind an image. Every image has it’s own story and its up to the viewer to decipher what that meaning is. Everyone has a story to tell and I want to show mine through my photography, making sure to include the places and people that surround me. You may look at my work thinking I have just shown you the story of another but my story is in there too.

Refined statement for exhibition-

Every image has it’s own story and its up to the viewer to decipher what that meaning is. Everyone has a story to tell and I wanted to show mine through my photography, making sure to include the places and people that surround me. So you may look at my work thinking I have just shown you the story of another but my story is in there too. My work explores what it means to step out of your comfort zone. It is a way to always push myself to grow. To branch out to mixed media and moving image.

Resizing Final Images

As I wanted all my big images to be the same size and have the smaller one as close to the same size as possible (as all the grids are different size the only way to get them exact same size would be to re do all the grids.)

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I first cropped out the large white border on each of the images, leaving a small on that fit with the space that was left in between the images.

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I then looked at my image size. I unlinked the width and height to change the resolution to 300, as I need a high resolution. Once the resolution was changed I linked the width and height back together. Making sure the units were in inches I made either the width or height fit perfectly with the correct 6×4. If there it didn’t fit the 6×4 perfectly it didn’t matter, this just allows the images to be printed the same size.

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After the image was the right size I dragged it into a new blank image that was the correct 6×4 dimensions, with a 300 resolution.

I know that the images will have some excess white border but after they are printed I will trim them to have the small border I want.

I have decided to have the 4 large collages displayed in the size of 12×12 inches. The smaller grids will all have a canvas of 6×4 inches but as they are all of a slightly different size I will remove the excess, this means they will all but roughly the same size.

I have the idea of having the big collages as they show what that person does within their day in a compresses image, while the smaller scatter grids show within those day-to-day lives they all do similar actions, as well as living their own lives. Mixing the images together shows that they all know each other, merging their similarities as well as allowing their differences to show themselves. Also having the images scattered mirrors the chaos of what a youths life can be.

I decided to use to add handwritten words to some of the small grids too add some personal context to the image, as the words say some of the thoughts and feelings while going about their day. This allows the viewer to peek into the models eyes, but I made sure not too add too much to allow the viewer to make up their own mind to who these people are. Having the close up as well as the wide shots add some details within the images as well as seeing the big picture. Having the cropped images also allows the viewer to see what is in the shot a bit better as the images are quite small.

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My first idea is to have my 4 big collages at the top with my smaller grids scattered underneath. Sadly I don not have enough room to have the big collages next to each other and I don’t want to reduce their size to make them fit.

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Another option is to have the 4 collages in each of the corners with the smaller grids scattered in between, this does all fit but I’m not too sure if I like how open it looks. I don’t know the exact measurements for the display board do it may look different mounted.

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I could also have the 4 collages running down the middle of the board, with the smaller grids scattered to the side. This does bring some uniformity to the display as even though the grids are all different sizes they are placed in the same way on both sides. Another option is to have this same idea but have the grids in a way reflecting off one another.

As I have the sizes of my images I know they will all fit on my board, I can also experiment when I have the physical images.

Video Experiments

I wanted to add a moving image aspect as after this I plan on taking film. I also wanted to do it as it really brings something extra to the project, as you get get more of a feel for the life they live. I made sure include all different types of clips from many locations to show more of their life than we see in the images. It also feel very personal to me as I have taken all the videos and each of them hold a different memory. So in a way it’s an in site to my life as well as theirs, except I’m the one you never see in the pictures or videos but I’m involved in them all. In a way it’s kind of a behind the scenes of the shoots, as you see the models moving and also the location is moving too.

I really like how many ways there is to take it within the editing, having one clip after the other, using transactions, having layers or video’s next to one another. I may add some of my images to the moving image, overlaying it so both the video and image is shown, but I want to make sure I don’t overcrowd the screen so will have to choose carefully. When I have my final moving image sequence I plan on taking one of my models favourites, who’s hobby is music, and playing it in the background making it more personal.