Critique.

So the ‘personal’ project has ended up influencing my project work, I’m really enjoying the freeness of using a flatbed scanner to produce my work.

During the first stages I had to figure out the technicalities of using this process to create images, such as how to manipulate the settings to achieve the highest quality images, how to bounce the light back in, the distances between full detail replication through to no detail/no presence in the image and how to light up certain details without changing the color of the background.

I initially produced a small body of work (5/6 images) to show in my one-to-one critique which included images that I wasn’t necessarily happy with, but allowed me to talk and display clearly my findings, alongside duplicate images taken with my camera to argue my case about using the flatbed scanner should I need to.

The critique went far better than I had thought it would, there were no concerns about using this technique to produce images, my tutor said it actually added elements to the images that she felt were not present in the camera-produced images. We spoke about the forced perspective using the flatbed created, that it wasn’t dissimilar from WeeGee’s overhead photos of crime scenes, but that it played with the mind a little bit because the perspective is actually from underneath the objects. My tutor said that the the images were disturbing, primarily due to the content but aided by the lack of clarity in parts (especially when turned into high contrast black and white) but there were elements within the photos which made the photo’s slightly beautiful, such as the highlights of the white and certain dust marks, which I wholeheartedly agree with.

Research: 
 - Retouching
 - Use of black and white within police evidence

Quick video showing how the layout of my website navigates and how the links respond.

Sample pack from moo.com including stickers, business cards (rounded corners, green, luxe, glossy and matt), mini-cards (luxe, matt and glossy), postcards and thank-you cards (not pictured.)

The start of a personal project using ‘scanography’. The start of a personal project using ‘scanography’. The start of a personal project using ‘scanography’.

The start of a personal project using ‘scanography’.

BA6 - Still Life

After being declined by the police, I have gotten in contact with a family friend who is a pathologist/mortician to see if I might be able to photograph some medical equipment.

BA6 - STILL LIFE

After emailing Norfolk Police 3 times about photographing their archives for my project I got a response. They answered with:

Good Afternoon, Rosie
Thank you for your email.
I have spoken to one of our Control Room Sergeants regarding your request. I’m afraid, while we are both impressed by your idea, it would not be possible for us to gain permission for you to access our exhibits for your project.
We do, however, dispose of items seized under the Proceeds of Crime act via public auctions held in Swardeston in Norfolk. If you feel it would be beneficial for your project it may be worth you getting in contact with Clowes Nash Auctions who may be able to arrange for you to photograph items before they go under the hammer.
I hope this helps.
Regards
When I asked for further explaination as to why the permission had been denied they explained:
Any exhibits still held by Norfolk Constabulary are evidence in an investigation - be that an open or cold case. As such access to them is carefully restricted due to rules set out to govern how the Police gather and store evidence.
Any exhibits that are no longer part of an investigation are disposed of; either by returning them to their lawful owner or via public auction as I mentioned previously.

BA6 - STILL LIFE

I contacted the police today about photographing their archives in support of my project, I also researched a couple of other places that might allow me, such as The Crime Museum in London.

BA6 - STILL LIFE

For this term I have chosen to do the still-life brief, as this allows me to put my own spin on the results much more than the rest of the briefs which I think are quite restrictive.

After a one-to-one critique, I decided that I wanted to produce something more along the lines of the accompanying photos seen in Vice Magazine and Dazed and Confused Magazine. 

Requirements:

  • The Main Hero shot to work as a double page spread
  • Supporting imagery to allow feature to run over 6 pages
  • Required 5 (minimum) images creating a cohesive set of images or approaches to the objects being studied
Proof of entry for the D&AD Young Blood Awards, 2014. Proof of entry for the D&AD Young Blood Awards, 2014. Proof of entry for the D&AD Young Blood Awards, 2014.

Proof of entry for the D&AD Young Blood Awards, 2014.

Printing in Graphics.

I did a test print yesterday after being told that printing in Graphics was cheaper. It was, indeed, much cheaper, but on the stock paper they used I wasn’t happy with the results, the vast amount of paper available up there though makes me want to try again next term.

They also have colour calibrated screens, so next time I will print a test strip and make sure it’s the same as the on-screen image before I print my finals in the digital darkroom.