Today I uploaded my work to be featured on the source photographic review, I saw this site when I first begun my final year and knew I wanted my work to be uploaded after seeing past graduates work on there. We got to choose 8 images from our project, so I chose 8 that I thought gave a shorter edit of the theme of my book. I also uploaded my artist statement for ‘funny frustration’. I will post a link on my blog when my work goes live!
This week I have mostly been spending my time sorting things for the exhibition, I had previously spoken about ordering my prints A2 size from the print buro at the university. I was really happy with the quality and size of the prints when I picked them up, there was just one thing wrong with them, they didn’t fit the frames I’d bought!!!! They fit with the mount included with the frames, however, it could off a lot of the image and I really didn’t want to use mounts as I like the images to bleed to the edge of the frame.
I quickly got into the buro and resolved the problem and re-ordered my images. A hassle but luckily I left myself enough time to resolve any issues like this so I can hang them exactly how I want to.
The buro were so great and even printed them for me that day! Which was a great help.
After receiving the reprinted images I put them in the frames to check I was happy with them (which I was). I then headed to get some brackets that will attach the frames flat to the wall instead of hanging them.
Here are my completed exhibition Prints!
This is them with the flat brackets attached.
I have been abit rubbish last week with blogging! So I’ll blog about my trip to Spinks and Thackery now. A few weeks ago I decided I was going to have my book rebound at spinks, I ‘d heard loads of god reviews about it, the only downside for me was it was in Leeds and I live in Chesterfield. However it was definitely worth the trip, I spoke to the gentleman that worked there and he advised me that the current bind I have was not that bad at all. He also said it was basically to the standard it would be if there were to take it apart and re-bound it. I took some time to decide what to do, should I take his advice or listen to what others had said about the blurb bind.
After awhile of debating..
I decided to take his advice, he was an expert in bookbinding so I listened to him. I left my book to have the text on the cover added on. I went for gold text embedded on my grey cover.
I am really happy with how the text turned out, and I have saved so much money not getting the whole thing rebound. I am happy I can now bin the awful sleeve that the book ordinally came in from blurb.
Overall I am happy with how my book had turned out, It is such a weight off my mind now and I can focus on my exhibition plans! Thanks to spinks and Thackery for the advice.
Awhile back I made a draft template of how to exhibit my work at the final show in June. I have received so many mixed feeling about how I should do it and lots of different guidance on what would be best for my project imparticular.
At the last interm show I wasn’t happy with how my work looked on the board at all. I chose the wrong images that told a completely different story to what I was trying to tell. I chose the wrong images and hung it completely the wrong order. Anyway, I have different feedback since then, some saying I should really go for it, different sized images, walls transfers and my slide projector I’m using. Whereas others say, strip it back, a few framed images and the slide projector.
Since then I have created 2 plans, I made them both awhile back and have been pretty reluctant to make a decision. Today I have decided to go for plan B, I don’t want to really over crown my board, I want my images to have space around them and be more appreciated as individual images as well as a whole series.
I decided to go for Plan B as I think the sequencing of images work well with my book, It goes from Alans slides from before he met chan to there live at home, and then them happily riding off at the end. I am planning on having the images A2 and in frames. I am unsure on paper types at the minute but am going to the print buro today and tomorrow to look at samples and also look at the samples I have already ordered from them.
Its hard to tell from the images posted above but semi gloss has the best colour and finish to the paper, this is the paper I would have chosen if I wasn’t going to be framing my images.
In a previous blog post, I spoke about doing a day second shooting with photographer Amie Parsons. Today some of my past work has been credited on Amie Parsons Photography blog who I worked alongside last year, I have been Amies second shooter for many weddings now and we both became very comfortable working together and it was a great success. I have weddings for this year booked in to work with Amie also.
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After a lovely relaxing break in Wales, I got back today to find that my book had been delivered! It came a little ealier than expected so another plus.
I have made a hugely annoying error on same of the full bleed pages!! Stupidly there is an annoyinng white edge down the side of the portrait full bleeds. Such an easy thing to avoid so I am extra angry at myself!
Anyway I have now amended the book and reordered.
You live and you learn!
After 2 very long days and nights, I can now say I have ordered my book from Blurb! I gave myself the challenge to have it done today as they sent me a 41% discount code which ran out today! To good to miss!
I focused alot more on the oages rather than the cover, as I am getting it re bound at soinks anyway. But I am hoping my pages will turn out the quality and layout I wanted. Fingers Crossed!
After trying several softwares while experimenting with my dummy books I decided to use the Blurb indesign plug in which I believe was very good.
I have also left myself enough time before deadline if the book comes with any problems or anything I cant live with!