Guest Lecture with book designer Victoria Forrest

Guest Lecture with book designer Victoria Forrest 11.06.19

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16.06.2019

{ Falmouth University MA in photography – CRJ }

In June 2019 I started my MA with Falmouth university as part of an accredited education programme.

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Whilst I was away I managed to get online to watch the live guest lecture from book designer Victoria Forrest (https://designbyvictoria.com ).

Ever since my early days as a wedding photographer, I have loved the process of designing books to show off & compliment photography, whether it was for wedding clients, clients who booked pregnancy, birth & newborn photography packages, or for our own family albums.

I have to admit, it was at the time, a necessary, but excessively hard step to take to start offering USB’s of images to clients, and one I still struggle with now, because the inevitably was always going to be for a large number of people, they would never print their images. I am a photographer, and I struggle to get all my photographic projects and milestones of our own into books and printed. Infact, I literally just had an appointment with a birth client today, where I half jokingly said, if you find a year has gone by and you still haven’t printed any of your images, come back to me and we will do an album. A joke yes, but a sad reality that as much as you adore your images, life gets in the way. This is the main reason for why I am leaning more towards only offering packages where albums are included with my work, as then I KNOW that those images are printed, printed in a way I know looks authentic to my vision, and are going to be there if one day in 20 years time you plug your hard drive in and find it’s died and you forgot to make a backup!

Victoria’s lecture was very informative regarding the processes for designing and making books, and their potentially uses. I was especially excited to see some work by her included in the lecture that utilised newspaper designs , as I had been considering designing & ordering some newspapers from the newspaper club for my Motherhood Cornwall project http://www.bambino-art.co.uk/motherhood-cornwall-pregnancy-photographer-cornwall

I would definitely call it synchronicity that in the afternoon after this lecture we visited a small museum and art gallery in Kendal in the Lake District, and I came across this book by Alison Watt, (The sun never knew how wonderful it was). The book is an absolute piece of art in itself. I was drawn to the cover, as, as mentioned in previous posts, I am an avid collector of “pretty books”, and this definitely came under the heading aesthetically pleasing when I saw it on the art gallery shop shelf. When I opened it’s pages, I was filled with love for it’s thought, design, and the profound beauty in it’s simplicity. It was everything I would hope for a book of an artist, or exhibition to be, and it has definitely confirmed my thoughts , that I have a very specific aesthetic that I like to stick too when it comes to photobooks that when it comes to my final project, I would very much like to try and work with to produce a truly beautiful piece of art in itself.

Alison Watt ; The sun never knew how wonderful it was. Published by Parafin 2016. Design by Matt Watkins. Photography by John McKenzie .

Alison Watt ; The sun never knew how wonderful it was. Published by Parafin 2016. Design by Matt Watkins. Photography by John McKenzie .

Alison Watt ; The sun never knew how wonderful it was. Published by Parafin 2016. Design by Matt Watkins. Photography by John McKenzie .

Alison Watt ; The sun never knew how wonderful it was. Published by Parafin 2016. Design by Matt Watkins. Photography by John McKenzie .

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Something that I was very much struck by with this book, whilst writing this post (that I hadn’t realised before), is how similar it’s design is to a book I actually had printed of one of my Motherhood Cornwall ladies’ pregnancy, birth & newborn journey, and although Alisons draped fabric paintings, blow my photography out of the water, it is a lovely thing, to see that you have something aesthetically in common with such a revered artist.

MOTHERHOOD CORNWALL PHOTOBOOK 2019

MOTHERHOOD CORNWALL PHOTOBOOK 2019

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