Week 7 Forums, research, summary . 16.07.2020

Week 7 Forums, research, summary . 16.07.2020

 

Thinking About Pages

In this week, we will look more closely at sharing your projects in the form of a publication. If you haven’t started this, the following activities may help you with ideas. If you have already started, the activities may also help you put some of your decisions into context and refine them.

First, do one of the following:

1. Take a ‘Shelfie’

  • Go to a bookshelf, take a ‘shelfie’ (a photograph of a selection of books on a shelf that reflect you / your learning) and post it below.

A ‘Shelfie’

2. Make a ‘Pilebrary’

  • If you don’t have a bookshelf, make a pile of useful / influential books and take a photograph. Post your ‘pilebrary’ picture below.

he aim of this activity is to (re)familiarise yourself with physical and tactile books; to experience their scale, their physicality, their weight, and perhaps even their smell.

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fig 1, Graham, Rebecca. 2020. The critically and contextually informed. You tube.

I made this video last module, but it still rings very much true for this . There are many books that have influenced me on this journey throughout the MA, from the obvious photobooks and critical writing, to fiction, poetry, and academic texts . What I have especially appreciated about having the same area of interest for the duration of the MA is that the texts that I read in the first module are still very much relevant now going in to FMP. I can reread the same texts a year later, they are still 100% relevant to what I am doing, but I can get a totally different idea from it, appreciate or understand it in a new way. As my theory and knowledge has evolved, so had my appreciation of what I am reading, and these books now mean so much more than they did then, effecting my work in new, insightful and profound ways, they didn’t at the start of the MA.

There is one photo book that has undoubtedly inspired me more than all the rest probably put together, and that is Laia Abril’s ‘On abortion’ which I would recommend everyone gets purely for the aesthetics of the book and how it is put together if not for the extremely important subject matter and it’s effects on lives all over the world.

The employing of different textured papers, different folds, and unique ways of displaying or ‘translating’ her research into imagery ( a voice recording converted into an image of the audio file for example) creates a visually arresting photobook, that you can keep going back to over and over again and finding new corners, and hidden things you didn’t originally notice, or full take in. I have also found, each time I have heard Abril talk about her work, the photobook has taken on a new depth, or got additional meanings, which has been really intriguing, and made me consider lots how I will discuss and promote my own publication.

Anyway …. here’s my shelfie, considerable more stacked out, untidy, overused and overflowing from when I started the MA a year ago …. (P.s I could never of taken an image of ‘one shelf’ it would be traumatising for the rest of the books that belong with them … they have a ‘history’ and are somewhat intertwined and inseparable. It was hard enough to not photograph all the other bookshelves, I feel like I’ve just cheated on all the others haha )

 

shelfie.jpg

fig 2, Graham, Rebecca. 2020

 

RESPONSES -

A

That looks like a very well-loved space!

I -

Ooh, I’m liking the video -you give us enough time to read the text then it’s good to see the whole of the front covers, bam! one on top of the other.

ME-

 Ah A , well loved but much neglected at the moment. I love doing the MA , but i’d be lying if I didn’t say that I look forward to the times of clean, tidy and organised bookshelves with much anticipation lol:)

ME -

Ilya, kind of cheating using last modules as well, but heck I like the video and it doesn’t get the love it deserves hidden in the blog

R

I love the video too… and are those polaroids up top? Love…

 

FORUM – SORTING IMAGES

Sorting through images, from the RPS Photobook as Object workshop 2017 (https://www.facebook.com/Reminders.Photography.Stronghold Having hopefully handled a few books, we will now start to think about making one.

Step One: Bring together all visual material related to your project so far. You may wish to include photographs you and / or others have previously made (during the course), as well as any visual objects and ephemera you may have collected. There should also be some new work included in this selection.

Step Two: Put them up on a wall or similar surface (masking tape is useful for not leaving any marks) and arrange them into groups or sequences. While doing this, think about similarities, differences, themes, patterns, contrast etc. Also consider the story that you wish to tell.

Step Three: Take a photograph of the wall (or surface) and post it in the discussion box below.

Step Four: Describe two possible forms that your publication could take. Ideally, this  would be a sketch. Have a look at the links to see imposition
Step Five: Comment on at least three other posts.

Even if you have already started preparations for your dummy publication, doing this exercise will still have value for you.
Having collected together and sorted visual materials, put them together to make your first ‘dummy’. You may wish to follow these steps.
Step One: Choose a size for your publication and make a blank version with paper. You may wish to choose a specific type of / colour paper at this point, but ordinary ‘printer paper’ should be sufficient. For binding, you may wish to try hand-stitching, but a large clip of some kind can be just as useful.
Step Two: Begin inserting your visual material into the blank pages. Think about the sequence in which the images will be experienced and the story you wish to share. Think also about using layers to conceal or reveal elements to the viewer. If necessary, consider adding text or other visual items, as well as a title and cover image.
Step Three: Once you are happy with your dummy, make a video of you (or someone else) browsing it.
After you have made your first dummy, do the following:

Post a link to the video of your dummy (it’s OK if the dummy is not ‘finished’). You may also wish to share sketches / diagrams, or even digital mockups.
Comment on your peers’ work.

Here is my video from yesterday of me shortlisting images , putting them on the wall, sequencing them, then doing my newspaper design and mockup.  All on a 25 second time lapse.

I have created two newspapers for this module. The one you see below is a broadsheet of my work in progress from this module, with images of the five families I have been documenting the stories of that have decided to continue home educating post lockdown, which is called
‘ A Heuristic Interlude’
The other paper mock up isn’t included here, but on the holding image below on the left you can see lots of little images. They are all of the images of the pieces of art and zines that the 30 Home educated children I ran a zine making workshop for created after the workshop. I have put all of their pieces of art into a tabloid sized newspaper, which will sit as an insert inside the broadsheet.
I can’t quite believe that has all come together actually, it’s going to be tight with delivery of my exhibition prints and the newspapers on friday ready for the weekend (I decided to run the exhibition friday-sunday instead of from monday so I don’t have to worry about doing anything whilst I am running the instagram live’s on the landings launch day ) but at the moment it is looking like it has all slotted together perfectly.

Figure 3. Graham, Bekkie. You tube. A Heuristic interlude time-lapse. You tube..

 

REFERNCES

fig 1, Graham, Rebecca. 2020. The critically and contextually informed. You tube.

fig 2, Graham, Rebecca. 2020

Figure 3. Graham, Bekkie. You tube. A Heuristic interlude time-lapse. You tube. link above.

 

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