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A visual exploration & academic references in the form of what one would call a creative journey..

Category: Visual Literacy

Printing & mounting…

Once editing my final images on Photoshop I then took my files down to the digital print room ready for output. I took some A3 thin card down with me to print on but soon realised after one test print that this paper seemed to absorb the ink far to much and left a tinted green shade over my images.

Output decision: I then decided to use the print paper that James has and the quality of the finish was comparable to the previous test print.

Once outputting all of my images I then took these A3 prints to the studio and decided that foam board would be the best material to mount the prints on in preparation for the exhibition. After David showed me how to mount onto foam board in the correct manner I mounted all my prints within a 2 hour time frame. Below is the process in visual pictures to document the learning process of mounting (another skill I seemed to take away form this module).



1. Cut the excessive card from the around the edges off- leave a sufficient 2cm border.



2. Baring in mind a 8 stroke surface area apply the spray mount to the print generously.



3.Apply print onto foam board avoiding all bubbles.


4. Pressing down heavily using all strength possible hold the ruler and use a scalpel to make one through-cut (no going back and forth). Cut around all for edges so the remaining white boarder is cut away.



5. Expect a smooth edge professional looking finish.





Quick blog post of developmental process on Photoshop…

After deciding that I would follow through with the original set of images that I had taken with the camera and after selecting the 10 best images/poses of my subject I found that I needed to edit a few as they seemed under/overexposed. Without boring you with the entire process of all of the photographs here is a example of how I edited this image of Alice Morton which was underexposed. I decided to select this photo out of the range that I took of Alice as I felt the pose and her composition and the outcome of the subject was the best.

Original image which was underexposed:


Main alterations tools:

Brightness & contrast

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Altering the curves:

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Final image after alterations:


Exhibition layout thoughts…

Once printing my series of ten 30x30cm images in the digital print room I now have to move onto deciding how to exhibit my piece within the exhibition after I mount the work onto foam board. Below are a few rough ideas based upon how I could exhibit my work. After seeing the prints I feel as though the latter two rough sketches would be more appropriate forms of a grid for the ten images that I have.

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Final outcome format decision…

Options of how to deliver my final piece:

– Print based

– Projection based – screen projection, wall projection

– Video based – photographs in a slideshow with music playing in sync with the images


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Chosen format:

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A quick suggestion from a Vis Commer…

After showing a couple of my fellow vis comers some of the photographs I had taken for my vis lit piece on my blog they said that they quiet liked the fact that there were a couple of image of each person striking a different however similar pose. The notion of more than one photograph of the same personality trait in multiple poses seemed to work well and maintain a engaging aesthetic.

SUGGESTION: Consider using a couple of image/ 3 images of the same subject (person) striking a different pose however representing the same personality/identity trait.

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Consider a meaningful object PROPS!…

As I have already produced a set of images a suggestion that was made in my tutorial on how to improve and develop my idea was to give the people in the image a object to do something with before taking the photograph. This could be with their hands or on there head or holding it in a composition/place that they feel reflects there personality. Having a prop in each set of photographs could add a extra element to my work.

A couple of ideas of meaningful objects that I could use:

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Looking at ‘Humans of New York’…

As suggested in my tutorial by one of my peers when asking how to develop and progress with the idea I have generated one of them suggested having a look at the page ‘Humans of New York’ on Facebook.

From looking at the page briefly on Facebook I have gained  sense that the photographer Brandon roams around the city of New York and takes photographs  ‘to create an exhaustive catalogue of the city’s inhabitants’. In essence his photography is a depiction of all the weird and wonderful objects and people that New York has to offer.

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A short description of the way Brandon describes his photography to be…

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He mentions ‘I started collecting quotes and short stories from the people I met, and began including these snippets alongside the photographs’ not only is there a visual depiction open for interoperation from the images but Brandon also decides to include short quotes and stories as mentioned above for his audience to almost hear the voice of the habitants of New York.

Some images that I enjoyed looking at of brandon’s work in New York:


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Comparing my concept/idea to Brandon’s it seems that we have a similar interest in terms of content and subject. I really like the way the captures the weird and wonderful personalities of the citizens of New York City, not only does it give a sense of the different types of characteristics New York is full of but it also gives a good sense of what different parts of the city look like. In terms of similarities I have listed some elements which I feel are consistent within my idea and Brandon’s work:

– Capturing portraits

– The idea of depicting somebodies personality

– The main focus being the person/subject everything else being out of focus

– Combination of poses that people strike (varied and mixed)


Although I do really like the concept of depicting personalities of citizen that live in my city I feel like the suggestion from my peers of doing this to develop my concept/idea completely drives away from my main purpose of representing the personalities of my fellows who are exhibiting in the exhibition through a set of images that I exhibit.

I feel as though the ‘Humans of New York’ page has motivated me to consider looking further into the asking my subjects how they would describe themselves in terms of there personality in the same way Brandon does as I feel this will give the images context HOWEVER this may take away the purely visual element of the image (maybe consider doing this and see how things pan out once moving forward).

In terms of the style of photography I feel that Brandon’s work is really interesting, the way in each he uses his camera is similar to the panful approach that I have taken so far, the images he has taken do not seem very technical likewise my images are not extensively technical.