I had a few ideas, prior to my first shoot, but nothing felt strong enough so I decided to get out and try it anyway. You never really know how an image will turn out until you’ve taken it and reviewed it, so thats what I did.
My first idea came from a worship song. ‘Shoulders’ by For King & Country starts with the following quote:
“I look up to the mountains, does my strength come from the mountains?
No. My strength comes from God, who made heaven and earth,
and the mountains”.
I wanted to capture this within an image but also wanted to go beyond taking a landscape image of mountains. I had been looked at ways to ‘explode’ images for another project
For our exhibition, we used St Saviours Hall, near the barbican as our location. I was part of the curatorial team and worked on the lay out of our exhibition and the logistics of preparing the space and getting all the work up.
This was our floor plan.
We decided to have a TV screen with the author portrait images on a slide show, along with the pieces of writing being read. We lay out the images in order of title, with the actual writing framed beside it. With a section at the back for refreshments on opening and closing night. Each individual had the responsibility of framing their work and sourcing hanging tools for our team to use. The layout of our exhibition was inspired by the ‘salon style’ lay out with a variety of frames of different colours, textures and sizes. We also ensured that all healthy and safety regulations were met, with warnings regarding the radiators and any trip hazards as well as the refreshment stall being manned at all times.
There were two other groups, for advertising and designing. This is the poster that they designed, with all the relevant information on it. We had a facebook, twitter, instagram and weebly account which updated the public on times, location and gave hints of what to expect when they visited.
When finalising my publication, I first decided that I would like to use ‘Blurb’ (an online software which allows you to create and publish your book.
Seeing as my course and passion lies in Photography, I chose to make a photobook. I wanted my book to have meaning to it, to challenge ones thinking. This instantly led me to a project I had previously done on Devonport, Plymouth. Devonport is an area with much history but which over time has become what some people call an eyesore. However, currently it is in the process for rebuilding itself and gaining back its reputation. With this in mind, I made a project showing its current state for redevelopment, the parts of devonport still intact and the new parts slowly being introduced. This is why I decided to name it, misunderstood.
Using bookwright (a piece of software which can be downloaded from blurb and is used as a tool to put together your book) I began the creating process.
I chose the ‘small book’ template which is 18x18cm and the final publication ended up at 24 pages. I also chose the imagewrap option as I believe that works well in a photobook. It enables you to use a full bleed image as your cover. I also included a copyright disclosure, to protect my work and a brief summary of what to expect from my book. I designed the layout by choosing what i deemed the most important images and setting them at a full bleed whilst the others were boxed in a portion of the page (one image per page).
Once this was complete and I was happy with the preview, I uploaded the finished piece back onto blurb and sent it off to be printed and sent to me in the post. Including shipping it cost £28.05.