Reflective Journal (3)

by Eloni

WEEK 22

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ACTION PLAN WEEK 22

Monday

Identify all areas you want to develop and start searching imagery and possible themes that may influence you and trigger something visual in your mind. 

Tuesday

Identify and finalize a theme and what the idea is going to be for the entire unit 7 and what you're going to attempt to do or make (be very brief, no pressure)

Wednesday

Visit at least 2 galleries today and take pictures, videos and drawings for inspiration. Find practitioners or just images that reflect the theme that you've chosen

Thursday

Find books and other sources to get more inspiration (library) make sure you widen the range of sources you use, try and get a theoretical beginning going, keep the research up and flowing. 

Friday

Continue to research and try to scrap down visual ideas or words that may relate to your theme in sketchbook, that may relate to simply whats in your mind or the practitioners searched or the books that you're reading at the moment. 

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Giving us the four headings:

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I wanted to use the words that i felt moist connected with and the starting point that i thought would give me an interesting outlook on the project. I began to research different synonyms for the words and the connotations they bring visually. I then remembered the bible verse 'Be, still and know that i am God' ... I thought this phrase would be really interesting to translate in imagery, not in a conventional way but something diverse and new. I hen started thinking roughly about pitching the idea of faith, possibly different outlooks of faith and transforming them into pictures to envoke an emotion in every audience. 

 

Firstly I began my research in books, and really trying to develop the sense of faith and different ideologies and opinions different writers and philosophers had before conducting my own interviews and collecting my own findings. I want to try out this technique of responding visually based on a theory or opinion to see how well it comes together and how well it may work. I chose books on different Religions, Sin and Philosophies on Desire. I'm merely using these books for inspiration, possibly a word or concept brought forward could inspire a prop that my shoot could be based around or simply a word that can trigger a entire visual idea. 

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I took a trip to the Whitechapel Gallery, the Saatchi Gallery and the Tate Modern for some artistic inspiration. I knew the Saatchi gallery had a pop culture type concept showing which touched on the idea of religion and ideologies. Because i had briefly looked through the Saatchi in my spare time i wanted to go back and really try to understand the ideas behind it a note down what came to my mind and how i could interpret that using fashion communication techniques and mediums. 

 

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In going to the saatchi gallery and seeing this interactive piece it allowed me to really get involved with the pecs, having the freedom to walk around the moving robots. At first they didn't seem like robots at all but real people that were covered in religious garments bowing to plaques on the wall. When i stepped closer and realized they were robots the whole experience seemed more uneasy and creepy, it also completely changed the ideology behind the entire piece. 

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I did some research on fashion photographers and designers to give me some inspiration for what i want to shoot. I stumbled upon Christian Larsen who was a really clear inspiration with my idea of faith and meditation mainly because of how he captured body language and expression which is key in my images. Christian Larsen's work is not necessarily related to faith or even meditation but the mood is directly communicated to the viewer which is something I want to use and experiment with in my own shoots and filming. 

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WEEK 23

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ACTION PLAN WEEK 23

Monday

Use sketchbook to draw and explore ideas relating to 'faith'. Begin to jot dow idea's for shoots or illustrations reflecting a shoot. 

Tuesday

Model scouting and recruiting props for the first shoot, continuing research on different practioners that may relate to the type of look and feel i'm trying to achieve. 

Wednesday

Carry out the first shoot (possibly a gif or video) and edit after the shoot is done 

Thursday

Sketchbook day, sketch ideas, stick in previous shoot and possibly model scout for the second shoot which will be on location. 

Friday

Carry out the second shoot. 

 

 

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We had a tutorial at the beginning of the week to start off our ideas and i decided on rough ideas for shoots and themes for them referring to Christian Larsen's visual aesthetic. Someone gave me the guide to the exhibition that i went to at the Saatchi and that allowed me to understand the process to the final outcome which is similar to the way i would like to work. 

I remembered Hussien Chalayan's designs with his ideas that stem and reflect religion and juxtapose it with taboo's such as contrasting the fully covered religious garment with the nudity of the model. I think the shaping of the material and the way it falls on the body would be really interesting to shoot. It would also cause a lot of scope for my developing theme. 

Again i was trying to think of a way to deviate away from an obvious 'faith' or representation of religion but come up with a symbol to exaggerate or an idea within faith to develop on. 

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I wanted to begin with the idea of bloodshed, because in the Christian faith the idea of 'blood' can be interpreted as both a sinful thing of vengeance and a purifying thing because of Jesus dying on the cross. I wanted to do a simple test as to how i can communicate my ideas, I wanted to experiment with gifs. 

I began simply doing little tests with a small number of images such as 6. I made a gif of water running, i used this idea of water because water also symbolises purity because of the idea of baptism and just the general connotation of water itself. I think my first gif is a simple one, i just wanted it to be a test to see what time of lighting i could work with and the positioning of the model and the blood that would be used etc. 

Unfortunately, the continuous shooting on my camera doesn't take the images as fast as i would like it to making the final piece more 'chopped up' than i prefer.

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I like this gif, mainly because it's simple and a direct progression from the previous gif which was only water. I think the idea of bloodshed is evident here because its falling simultaneously with the water ... I like the direct comparison between both substances, both possibly being seen as purity elements, cleansing factors but at the same time a contradiction because blood is something that can represent 'sin' and 'guilt'. Also the connotations of the red and white of the sink, a tainting of what is clean.

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Both gif's are supposed to bring be an obvious idea of 'washing sins away' or 'washing blood off her hands'. I mainly did this to tests out how well the fake blood works, the staining and how realistic it looks against the skin. I think i communicated my message well enough however, i think a video may have worked better because the choppy'ness of the moving image makes it less effective

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I originally wanted to do a shoot representing Jesus on the cross or about to be crucified, however i wanted to extend the idea of people being in sin or dirty trying to 'wash' away sin of some sort. I wanted to portray the idea of a 'sinner' in an obscure form, less so a perfect obvious photograph but something artistic and possibly an expression of an emotion or mentality. I shot in a landscape area because i wanted to capture a wilderness. Some of the images came across looking very zombie like, however it was difficult to rectify this on the actual day because it was raining very heavily and there was no form of shelter for the model. I wanted to capture a mood of confusion, loss and pain and not anything to 'horror film' and cliché, which is why the images are blurry, i used a slow shutter speed to get a slow movement in some of the images intentionally creating a blur and illusion of several faces/bodies. This shoot again was mainly testing out a possibility and experimenting a type of  idea and playing with technicalities such as shutter speeds and lighting. 

I will probably re-shoot this because i would like to explore more possibilities without the weather interrupting and being a barrier to outcomes.  

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WEEK 24

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ACTION PLAN WEEK 24 (PROGRESS TUTORIALS)

Monday

Edit images from latter shoot and select the best images. 

Tuesday

Go to progress tutorial and work in sketchbook 

Wednesday

Do more research on practitioners and people that work in relation to faith. Jot down ideas that you want to do next. Research different ways of presenting the outcome. 

Thursday

Sketchbook day, sketch ideas and thought processes. Begin making a publication to display all the different images taken in the shoot, sketch down sizes and layout thoughts. 

Friday

Make and print this publication. 

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My shoot with the bloody model in the wilderness and the different gifs with the washing of the hands reminded me of Marina Abromievic's performance of her washing the blood off of cow bones. The concept and ideas of blood representing guilt and not being able to remove it is what i thought was really interesting. The performance itself was captivating simply because it was the public watching a woman sitting on bloody cow bones attempting to scrub the blood off to remove the guilt and residues of disasters. 

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wanted to show how my work evolves and can be communicated to the public through different means such as billboards, campaigns, bus adverts etc ... 

i think that it is important to have my work displayed in public mediums, or something directly related to its audience rather than just a gallery space so that i can show the effects it has on its surroundings, or how different it's effect can be presented in different mediums. Such as, having my work placed on a billboard rather than an intimate zine personally given can change the meaning of the images possibly because of the scale, possibly because of the environment given. A zine will have to be looked at in a personal space and have personal thoughts and can be presented in a more obscure way whereas having a billboard would need a striking message and a direct audience and clear motive to whats its advertising or saying. 

I did a few mock up's of what my images would look like in public areas, and i think they look interesting but because of the content and the references to blood, and a darker side to religion it would have to be in a more personal space communicating directly to the audience. I think a zine would suit this type of imagery best or possibly simply hanging in a gallery space.

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I'm really happy with the outcome of this zine, i'm really impressed with the layouts and the feelings it gives off when first received. I'm going to receive feedback from the public about what they think when they receive/read it. I think the size could go as little bit smaller that A5 but not exactly as small as A6 which is something i can improve on for my next publication. In terms of the way it functions, i think i would have preferred a perfect bind however because there weren't enough pages it couldn't be done but the staples work well enough. Also the paper quality i would change, i wanted to keep it simple and use ordinary paper because it is just a test but in future i would change the paper. 

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WEEK 25

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ACTION PLAN WEEK 25 (PUBLICATION WEEK)

Monday

Tutorial day with Jo 

Tuesday

Use feedback to push the ideas forward and make them more realistic and solid to actually do. Experiment with something different in terms of ideas.

Wednesday 

Research 

Thursday

BRUSSELS - Experiment with photography 

Friday

BRUSSELS -Experiment with photography and begin to plan a publication 

 

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At the beginning of this week we had a tutorial which pointed me in the direction of looking at the idea of cleansing and water a little bit more in depth than i have already. Also continue to think about different ways to communicate my work to the public and how they would receive it. I've created a small zine to create a more intimate setting to place the images and pit them back into the context i would like them to be viewed in. 

I was advised to try heading back down the fashion route rather then branching deeply into the fine art area. So i thought it would be really interesting to think about religious garments and how that could affect someones opinion and mood when associated with it. I want to incorporate a styling and art direction element to it. 

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When in Brussels i wanted to mainly capture the scenery, mainly get the vibe of the country rather than focus on the idea of faith. The scenery was really beautiful because of the sunlight and the narrow roads. I do think my approach to the photography related to the idea of faith. I really tried to get the bus skies in contrast to the buildings because there was a certain peaceful, joyful and beautiful element to the contrast. I didn't want to capture much people but mainly focus on surroundings and how nature and can reflect and affect the feeling of faith within a person. 

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I really liked most of the images i took because i believe they captured what i wanted them to however i did feel some of the images of the streets were very 'touristy' so i didn't want to use or edit them. I focused on the ones that had a rurally good scenery and a really good reflection of peace via sunlight. I made most of the images i edited black and white to reference what inspired me in the first place. Taking away the colour adds to the peaceful and emotional feelings because too many bright colours portray a different feeling. 

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WEEK 26

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ACTION PLAN WEEK 26 (PRINT WEEK)

Monday

Begin to arrange and edit all the photographs from Brussels. Start sketching ideas for a woodcut print from images in Brussels or prior.

Tuesday

Finalize what you're going to put in the woodcut, make sure it relates to the theme of faith. Possibly try and go down a different route of faith to explore all areas. 

Wednesday

Get editorial inspiration for the publication from brussels and try to start arranging the content. 

Thursday

Draw, cut and print the woodcut. 

Friday

Model scout for the publication

 

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This week was mainly focused on producing a print, i was slightly confused as to what my print should contain and how it could possibly relate to my theme. I wanted the content to link back to what i've done before so i decided to use an illustration that i had done which stemmed from my visit to the International Fashion Showcase. I wanted to use this because i had an idea to use what i saw at the showcase for a shoot. The illustration and garment ha religious connotations which works well with my theme and aesthetic. 

While i was in Belgium i took a few images of an old man and his small dog which i thought was pretty simple but striking. There was an element of love and wisdom between both man and dog which i thought was interesting. I found a few quotes that people referenced dogs as being 'miracles' or man being a 'God' figure. I did illustrate this and decided to include it also so the print became a compilation of my findings and themes i want to take forward. 

Initially the plan was to include text which was one of the quotes i had found, however after speaking to my tutor they recommended that i scrap the text and use the space to create a textures type print. 

Overall i'm more pleased with the painted woodcut than the actual print, i think the overflow of negative space in the woodcut makes the image look more interesting because your eyes differentiates the different tones and organises the composition allowing you to understand what you're actually seeing whereas the actual print is balanced between negative and positive space. 

I don't think think that this week really benefitted me in the way that i would have hoped, i think it was really nice to experiment with something new and different compared to just photography or styling, but i don't think i'll be using this method for my final piece. 

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This week i wanted to create a publication that focuses on capturing faith in the landscape and society. I decided to use the images that i had taken in Belgium because they, to me, seemed the most appropriate, calming and cleansing. I wanted to interview people and get their views on faith and religion to give the publication a wide variety of content and views/opinions. 

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For my publication, i'm using the images from Brussels to explore the theme of Faith in the Landscape and being felt as an emotion by the audience rather than something i am personally giving to the audience. I wanted to explore how i can create a specific mood throughout the entire publication rather than just a specific image, i wanted to use an entire spectrum of ideas of faith rather than just my own or preconceived ideas of faith or religion.  

I wanted to interview a few people and get their take and opinions on faith and religion to proceed with the theme and how to try and not be too direct with my approach in photography, styling and film. I conducted audio recordings during the interviews to keep so i can write up the transcript for the publication, but i definitely want to use audio for my video's and other moving imagery i may use in the future. 

My aim for the entire interview was for it to come across as two people just talking comfortably to get the best ideas out, i want to write the transcripts word for word so that energy comes through to the reader. 

 

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I took inspiration for the layout of my publication during the making process, i looked through several magazines to see how i could layout my images and looked at how they laid out text in reference to related images etc. I really enjoyed the layout where the images were right to the edge of the page, and some of the pages where the images where showing white space. I think white space gives the audience's eyes time to actually focus on the image itself and it's content.

I like the text in columns from the top of the page to the bottom of the page which is definitely the approach i'm going to use when it comes laying out and arranging my interviews. 

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WEEK 27

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ACTION PLAN WEEK 27 (PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE WEEK)

Monday

Interview first model with audio recording and shoot them. Research/brainstorm ideas for photographic image week 

Tuesday

Type up transcript for the first model and interview a second model with audio recording and shoot them. Model scout for photographic image outcome week (shooting on friday)

Wednesday

Type up transcript for second model. Sketchbook work, contact sheets, annotations and continuing making the publication on in design using what is finished and edited. 

Thursday

Shoot for photographic image outcome week. Interview third model and shoot them also. 

Friday

Type up transcript for third model. Edit all the images from all 4 shoots. Continue making the publication inserting the transcripts and playing with the layout. 

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Interviewing and shooting Rhea today was a breeze, she was really willing and relaxed which made an amazing interview. Unfortunately, the interview took half and hour which isn't what i wanted to happen, i wanted to interview to be at least 15 minutes so when i typed up the transcript it didn't take too long and didn't take up too many pages which it did in the end. I had to extend the pages so the text didn't look to crowded on one page. 

 In terms of shooting i wanted to get a natural looking type shot, something simple that expressed her personality so that could be mirrored in the interview. I wanted her hair to be really free and simple, which was mirrored in the simple silver chain and Calvin Klein sports bra she had on. I wanted to make the images black and white to resemble Christian Larsen's work. Also the fact that the images don't have colour  allow for the focus to be mainly on the words but have a nice aesthetic against the simplicity of the publication.

I was really pleased with the way Rhea's shots came out and the way the interview turned out also, i think the occasional random thought in the interview makes its fun and engaging. The images were also fun and engaging because she was caught mid-movement/speech/smile which is fun to look at and relatable which her opinions on faith are too. 

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I wanted to go into the idea of religion acting like something that is hidden behind which was something that i picked up on with my interview with Louise. I also took some inspiration with the Islamic faith and their dress that reflects their community and what unifies them as one people. I wanted to make a comment on how religion is viewed and my opinions on the institution that almost makes us the same. I wanted to use the image i had seen from the International Fashion Showcase and my ideas and views from other people that i have collected. I wanted to portray the idea of community by casting similar looking models and dressing them in a similar way and tying their heads in a similar fashion. I wanted to portray a clear image simply showing the colour of the scarves and the positions of the models. I think the poses where the models are facing a 90 degree direction, i think the interaction of the models is what works well, especially the one's with one model in the foreground and the other in the background, i think the dynamic of the picture works well.

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Continuing my publication and interviews, i interviewed Michael Honnah who i know  has vocal views and would give interesting ideas and personal, very specific answers to my questions.  The interview went really well, it was shorter than 30 minutes but his responses were lengthier than Rhea's which i was afraid wouldn't look too aesthetically pleasing in terms of layout and structure. 

Overall, he gave some really interesting points and insights to the idea of faith and religion, i like that fact that he was talking about institutions and being forced to conform to certain thing which i feel tied in nicely with the scarf shoot that i just had done. 

I wasn't too pleased with the images that came out from the shoot because they were very yellow in colour which didn't work well to my advantage because i like using minimal Photoshop in the images i take. The good thing is that i turned it black and white again to resemble Christian Larsen and not to causes a distraction against the words. I also turned it black and white to keep the mood steady throughout the publication. Fortunately the pose that Michael did in the shot that i had chosen to put in the publication mirrored on of Christian Larsen's newer pieces. I was really impressed and i chose this image in particular because it shows his goofy and loud personality in the publication.  

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Shooting Louise was very difficult because she was very timid and shy but pleasant and lovely nonetheless. I wanted a natural shot which was difficult to direct her into because she froze up in front of the camera. I didn't want to change anything around her because i thought i could use it to my advantage and distract her whilst taking pictures. Overall, there were some really 'pretty' looking shots which reflects her personality and interview so it was a successful one. 

Louise interview was the shortest and most concise because she was quick in her sentences although she blushed and stammered quite a lot. I think putting it exactly how she said it in the interview, in the transcript will work to my advantage because people will actually be able to hear a voice in their head that sounded exactly like Louise getting an overall picture of her shoot and interview. 

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WEEK 28

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ACTION PLAN WEEK 28 (MOVING IMAGE WEEK)

Monday

Finalize layout and publication and get ready for printing. Brainstorm ideas and research ideas and practitioners for the moving image week. 

Tuesday

Figure out what you actually want to do for the moving image and how you;'re going to achieve it. 

Wednesday 

Sketchbook day, illustrations or annotations. stick in what you think should go in there and explain thought processes and ideas. 

Thursday

Tutorials for Easter break. Write a brief plan and ideas on what you want to do and get information from the turks that might help you. Shoot the moving image and explore what else to do with it. 

Friday

Sketchbook day. 

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I wanted to create a moving image that related to some of the views that came up in the interviews about feeling the most spiritual when they're at 'one' with God or alone, or in their room. I decided to create a gif looking outside a bedroom window watching the clouds pass by and eventually watching the day turn into night. This didn't go according to plan in the slightest because i didn't have a tripod which made me mark the floor to remember where exactly to stand and after a few shots my camera shut down which cut the gif in half. When i created the gif alone i didn't like the ourcome at all, i think the lack of tripod really affected the outcome even though i tried to stand in the exact same place. I was taking pictures every 10-15 mins which i think would have looked better if i shortened the time to possibly 5 minutes or so. I felt as though this had a lot of potential but wasn't executed probably and a lot of inconvenience occurred all at once. 

Initially i wanted to make the gif into a .mov document and put some of the audio of Michael talking about his experience with God in his room above it so there would be a nice harmonious message to the audience. 

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We had a tutorial today that allowed me to focus my work in one direction and pick my most interesting aspect and push that further. Because faith is such a broad theme i felt as though i had been juggling a lot of sub-themes in one go, i wanted to do this initially to allow me to develop a lot of different outcomes and ideas from myself and different people/books/artists and architecture. In the beginning i wanted to have a final piece that wasn't a direct reference to faith but more obscure and abstract in the sense that people take a feeling away from it rather than just a pretty or interesting picture.

In my tutorial my tutors recommended i use the scarf shoot and push that idea further because that was my strongest shoot and idea so far. I agreed with them because it was in the direction i wanted to go in and develop. However, i did also want to take on board the idea of moving images and the gif's with the audio. I may do something with moving image later on to use as development and see where i can go with that but i'm planning a shoot for next week and trying to see where i can take the idea of being restricted through religion and religious wear further in the way that i did before. 

I'm happy with the work that i've done so far but because it has been really spaced out and really research based i think that the next few week the work will speed up in process and making and i will be able to produce more shoots and create an amazing outcome. 

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WEEK 29

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ACTION PLAN WEEK 29 (EASTER BREAK)

Monday

Plan a shoot, practitioners a different ideas. model scout. 

Tuesday

Finalize ideas and methods of how to go about shooting, update sketchbook.

Wednesday 

Shoot model.

Thursday

Edit images and update sketchbook with contact sheets etc... 

Friday 

GOOD FRIDAY 

 

 

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Magritte's painting were a very big inspiration for this week's shoot. I wanted to really capture the idea of the covered faces but also use the idea of landscape juxtaposing the two. 

I also focused on the idea of colour for this shoot, a lot of the scarves i had got a hold of were colourful and in the last shoot the comparison of the red scarf and the pink patterned scarf inspired me to use colour theory to make these images more aesthetically pleasing. I wanted to use complimentary colour to brighten both and make them each vibrant such as red and green. 

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I had several different scarves that i wanted to use in the shoot for the day, it was a windy and very very sunny day so i wanted to use that to my advantage exaggerating colour by standing in the sun, letting the scarf loose so the wind can manipulate it on the face of the model. 

We started using a white backdrop but the wind blew it away which was very difficult to deal with so i decided to simply use more of the landscape rather than waste more backgrounds. I was really impressed with the images where i had colour blocked vibrantly because they automatically are more aesthetically pleasing and interesting to look at. I like the image on the grass with the red scarf because it's almost telling a story or suffocating, restriction and pain which is juxtaposed with the model laying on the green grass. I didn't want to tie the scarf on some of the images because i think they looked more interesting that way however with the yellow scarf i wanted to reference the religious dress but making the model wrap up completely.

Overall, i'm really pleased with this shoot because of the colours, the emotion and the indirect reference to my theme

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ACTION PLAN WEEK 30 (EASTER BREAK)

Monday

Brainstorm ideas for something a little different, (film?) get practitioners and inspiration 

Tuesday

Model scout and research the technical things like camera angles and lighting. 

Wednesday

Shoot and upload all the footage 

Thursday

Edit the footage and research more practitioners that may relate too what you've just done. 

Friday 

Continue to edit the footage and update sketchbook during. 

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This week i wanted to create a film, something really simple and mundane to look at. I wanted to take the idea of the interviews and the idea of restriction and combine it in a different way using moving image. I was really interested in the idea of dil and wanted to see what i could do with it. 

I first had the idea relating to SHOWstudio's 'in your face' interviews because i liked the way it was carried out and the way the audience could easily observe what the artist was talking about and really get to grips with the emotion of the interview. I spent most of this week looking at how SHOWstudio executed they're interviews and how i could do the same. 

I wanted to get a tight frame around the mouth of the model to focus the audience on what the model was talking about. i thought about conducting an interview again but this time to catch it on film instead of audio recording but i decided to do something a bit more reserved and obscure. I didn't want to ask questions but give instructions and almost play the role of 'God' relating to the model and what they say. i wanted to get a natural and relaxed view of the model and their ideas. 

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I researched lighting options and how i wanted to achieve a certain look. I wanted harsh lighting and and black and white imagery. I wanted to use Helmut Newton as a reference for lighting because of the harsh positive and negative tones. 

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During the video I wanted to really capture a sense of stillness, i wanted to relate my idea my running theme of restriction by restricting the viewer with the frame, i wanted to make the video black and white to become intimate also relating t the running theme of colourlessness throughout the beginning of my project. However, after reviewing the result and effectiveness of the video and my colourful scarf shoot i realized that i do prefer the juxtaposition of colour. The idea of using complimentary colours against each other really alerts the audience and resonators in their minds which is something that i prefer to happen rather than just having something 'intimate'. I feel as though my colourful scarf shoots worked best so I will be exploring more of how to stay in that direction for my final piece rather than experiment with more things so close to the deadline date. 

 

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WEEK 31

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ACTION PLAN WEEK 31

Monday

Tutorials ... update sketchbook.

Tuesday

Based on what the tutors say try to develop one more shoot out of it. 

Wednesday

Model scout and organize/brainstorm the shoot 

Thursday

Shoot day 

Friday 

Edit the shoot and updates sketchbook including annotations, drawing and pictures. 

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This week i wanted to do my final shoot and really tie in the idea of what i found successful. We have a crit on Tuesday and i wanted to find out what the tutors thought my most successful piece was and do that on the thursday and friday. I realized that doing my film would be a little too detached from the route my shoots were going down even though i thought it was rather interesting. 

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During the crit the tutors told me that they really liked my second scarf shoot on location because i took things further. I feel as though the idea of mixing color and the wrapping of the scarves are really interesting and more aesthetically pleasing because of the locations, the different scarves and the way they are wrapped. 

The tutors were really interested and thought i should do more of what i had already done which did trip me up a little bit simply because i didn't know exactly what 'more' meant. I felt as though being told to do 'more' of the same shoot on a complete different day can go totally wrong or 'off' because the lighting, weather and m0del may not be the same which was my main worry. The tutors al;so mentioned that they liked the sheer scarf which i was initially going to use on the model's face. 

 

 

The plan was to meet up on the thursday and shoot so i could edit the shoot and create a publication based on what i had done, however my model couldn't make it on thursday so we had to do it on friday instead. The great thing about the Friday was that the weather was similar to the weather on the previous shoot, there was a lot of sunlight and a lot of wind which worked to my advantage. 

I wanted to channel the same colours but with different backgrounds, i really was enticed by the effect of the brick walls which was a key thing i was looking for. The location for this shoot began in Old Street because there are a lot of colorful walls around in east london which i also used to my advantage.  I wanted to use a verity of different coloured walls for different scarves taking into consideration the color wheel and color theory. 

Because i was mainly shooting portraits and shapes of the face, i purposely made the model face in the direction of the wind or pull the scarf away from her face to really get the print of the outline of her face and for jot to be more interesting and resemble highly the idea of being trapped, or wrapped or 'influenced'. My favorite shots were the ones with the yellow scarf before the black wall because it had a great contrast and were very bold against each other which is what i wanted. I did enjoy the sheerness of the red scarf against the pink wall because of the harmonious colors and the similarity between the two which makes the model look like a little creature which i thought was very interesting. 

We had trouble finding an orange wall to be a backdrop for the blue blanket but we settled for a brick wall that had a slight brown tone to it, i feel as though the blue blanket didn't have a strong enough effect because it was a pastel type color rather than the other scarves which had a high saturation to them. I did prefer the other ones because of the effect i was going for. 

Overall i was pleased with the way the shoot went and really enjoyed shooting the different scarves with the different coloured backdrops. 

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WEEK 32

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ACTION PLAN WEEK 32

Monday

Select two final exhibition images/posters for the exhibition. Edit both. 

Tuesday

Print portfolio and exhibition images, update and work in sketchbook 

Wednesday 

Begin to get inspiration for layout to make the scarf shoots into a publication/editorial for the final show. 

Thursday

Create the publication ready for printing. 

Friday 

Print the publication and update sketchbook. 

 

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Because it's the last week  before hand in, this week is just mainly about choosing what i want to be in the show, getting all the editorials printed, getting all the portfolio printed and brushing up on the rough edges. This week will be relaxed but steady in my work process. 

Out of both latter shoots had done i favor the first one simply because i feel like it is more aesthetically pleasing and intriguing to the viewer, also the idea of a person behind the scarf isn't brought to the forefront of the mind whereas in the second shoot it's quite obvious. I want to keep the fun illusion of what my image portray and the indirect link to 'faith and religion'. I'm quite pleased with my choices and believe that i've done a successful outcome. 

I am now going to put finishing touches on to my editorial with the scarves and then print when i'm ready, i've been looking at editorial inspiration to help me with the layout and typography that is best suited to my theme. i;m really thinking about going for a big bordered white publication so there won't be too much color which would be an overkill of information for the audience. 

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The hardest thing about this week was printing the portfolio, what paper to use, where to print it and how it much it would cost. I wanted to really show all my successful shoots and phases in my portfolio and the different imagery and types of 'faith and religion' related things i explored throughout the whole project.

Printing my publication in relation to my two exhibition final posters was difficult because i had to do it quite quickly, wanted to have limited text and slot of white space. I feel as though i didn't get enough time to experiment too much with the layout and various colors, for example, instead of having a lot of white space, change the color in relation to the image shown. Changing the background to green rather than white which is contrasted with the red of the scarf in the image.

During the pointing process i also got to experiment with paper and type of binding. I wanted to use tape binding because i liked the white tape straight down the side, i feel as though it looked more appealing with the images and the entire publication.

The paper i used for the portfolio was 120gsm, I was worried that paper thickness would be too flimsy however it works fine also simply because i couldn't afford it, it was too expensive. 

Overall, i was rather pleased about the outcome of this week even though it was very difficult to get everything done on time. 

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This week there was a really big debate on what i should present as a final outcome, i did want to give in the publication as part of the final piece because i felt as though they weren't as strong as the two posters. I was really debating at what images to put in the exhibition but i wanted to go for two images that were rather different to show the variety of the shoot that i had done and the success of both images. 

I feel as though the layout wasn't as amazing as i thought it would be and the images standing alone had more of a profound message rather than similar images packed in an editorial. 

Initially i wanted to produce one image but i felt as though that's not representing the broadness of my shoot and experimentation with ideas, colours and fabrics. 

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WEEK 33

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ACTION PLAN WEEK 33

Monday

Give in exhibition final work and portfolio 

Tuesday

Submit workflow and sketchbook. 

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