Art, Art Gallery, documentary photography, exhibition, final submission, final year, frames, photography, printing company, prints, The Print Space, uni work

Framed and ready for the final submission

I selected Lumi Silk Coated Card at 300 gsm for my prints. I chose this paper type, as the image quality is very good, appears slightly shiny and as it’s not white, it gives slightly warm feeling to my prints. However, I found out that this paper isn’t available in A2 size therefore, I had to try different types. I’ve ordered a sample pack from The Print Space.

I loved Canson Baryta , but the colour of the paper is too creamy, which could drastically change the mood of my images. The other paper I liked was semi-gloss, as it looks comparable to silk coated card just slightly shinier. However, I decided to go for C-type Epson Matt instead, as the image quality printed on this paper looks stunning. I didn’t want anything glossier, as in my opinion gloss doesn’t fit documentary photography. I’ve used matt in one of the interim shows and it looked amazing.

As our work will be displayed on a white wall, I decided to go for black frames. To create a contrast, to separate the frames from the wall and to make them stand out. I chose to order window mount as well, as it brings the attention towards the image.

I’ve sent out for a few price enquires. Every time I asked for A2 traditional black frame with 50mm white window mount and matt prints. Every quote I received was very expensive, especially that I needed everything times three. The price from Soho Frames was £162.56 + vat; Metro Imaging – £289.72 + vat; The Print Space – £117 + vat and £20 or £25 for each print. All quotes were from London’s recommended companies and I don’t like to order online, not knowing what I am paying for. Therefore, I would have to drive there before making an order and then a second time to collect it. Instead, I went to a few lesser known places in Wakefield with the same frame’s enquiry. The prices were a lot cheaper and I could look at the frame quality.

I decided to order C-type Matt prints (£20 each) from The Print Space and frames from Robin Taylor. Taylor made frames for The Hepworth Wakefield existing exhibition and I am working there, so I knew that the quality of each frame is very good. Additionally, as the frames wasn’t too expensive, I could afford to order non reflective glass, to keep the matt impression. Each frame costs £84, then I was given a discount, so it cost me £240 for three. A lot better that around £200 each when ordered from London’s businesses.

When I received the prints from The Print Space, one of them was damaged. I contacted the company and thankfully they reprinted it and sent it to me within few days. I was glad that I made an order super early and was able to sort it out on time. 

Robin Taylor has made an amazing job, as the frames looks very professional. Although non-reflective glass appears slightly milky, or should I say blurry, I am very happy with the outcome. It further compliments my work and I am very excited to see them displayed in the final exhibition.

Feel free to come and join us at the final exhibition, that will take place at The University of Huddersfield on the 7th of June. I can assure you that there will be a variety of many interesting works, created by very talented students.  

I would truly recommend The Print Space and Robin Taylor, both companies very reliable and professional.

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Palm* Photo Prize

I recently enter two images for the Palm* Photo Prize competition.

The submission is open to photographers working in all disciplines and styles and it’s free to enter. There are no themes, just an emphasis on one strong stand-alone image. The deadline for the submissions is on the 15th of April and entrants are limited to two images per person. On the 10th of May, 100 images will be selected by the Palm* Studios and exhibited in The Print Space Gallery in London from 14th to 17th of May. There will be four winning categories selected from the shortlisted and exhibited images:

  • Judge’s Panel 1st place
  • Judge’s Panel 2nd place
  • People’s Choice Award
  • People’s Choice Instagram Award

The winning prizes looks very impressive. Judge’s Panel 1st place will receive: Polaroid Originals OneStep + Camera + film; theprintspace £150 voucher, Labyrinth photography Lab £150 voucher, Palm* Studios goodie Bag + Palm* Feature, Parallax Photographic Coop gift voucher £50

Here are my two selected images

I chose them two, as I believe that both are strong single stand-alone images. Each one is also strong technically, with creative lighting and good composition. It would be amazing to be one of the 100 shortlisted. Wish me luck!

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Third Interim Show

Yesterday, was the University of Huddersfield’s final year photography students Third Interim Show. The exhibition took place at the Market Hall in Huddersfield. It was amazing to see our work exhibited and evident development from previous exhibitions, visible within the quality of work and prints.

It was our last chance to get feedback on our work before the final submissions. We have five weeks remaining to the deadline, where we must submit our written work as well as physical books, framed prints or portfolio.  

To get ready for the exhibition, I’ve made a few test prints to see what type of paper will be best for my photographs and my photobook.

I chose Lumi Silk Coated Card 300gsm for my photographs and Silk Coated 150gsm paper for the book. Both papers are light cream colour, slightly warmer than white. My displayed prints were in SRA3 size (450mm x320mm) and book printed in B5 (176mm x 250mm).

We were split into groups of 6 – 7 people to give feedback to the other groups. Have a look at my feedback:

Fallowing the group comments, each of us had an individual meeting with one of our tutors. I spoke with Richard Higgingbottom. Richard told me that my project is coming along well and that I chose good paper type. The design and the size of my book are also good however, he advised me to make some changes within the sequence and the text. I told Richard that I am planning to have a hard cover and he advised me to look at Leeds Village Books to find some ideas for the colour of the cloth.

I appreciate all of the feedback I received. I will change the title and think about the cover of the book; I will work on my book sequence and make bigger prints for the exhibition. I won’t include three men, as according to my given feedback it is “Indicating something racial?” I don’t agree with this, as my project is about immigration and clearly anti-racial however, if this is people’s first impression then I will have to work on it.

If you have any comments regarding my exhibition, paper type or my photobook, please get in touch.

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SECOND INTERIM SHOW FEEDBACK

Awww no, just remembered about my second interim show. Due to the dissertation, busy time through Christmas break and Amsterdam visit, I forgot to post my feedback. I have received great feedback from my tutor, as well as from students. Let’s see if you agree.

Feedback from students: documentary series, story, emotional, foreign people in England. Statement reads well, tells the intention of the work. Portrait could be bigger and without the chair. More prints next time. Portrait for the final show and photo-book. Good choice of paper type. Think about a new title as it’s a bit funny for such a serious project. Cut out the borders of the portraiture.

Feedback form tutor, Richard Mulhearn: Its visible that you really care about this project. It brings different aspects and uncertainty to each picture. Think about who you photograph, when and where. Really good sense of the absence in relation to person. Really good project, benefiting from your knowledge and experience. I don’t have to talk to you about technical effort and ability as you are doing this well. You need to think about creativity and critical analysis. You gained a confidence and you are moving towards different territory, it become more ambiguous. The idea of foreigners potentially of not knowing how they feel when labelled and constantly defined by people who don’t understand. The project became personal, feels as there is something missing. The person looks as she doesn’t belong in here or is missing something. Become more about somewhere that feels different. Positively confused about whether they want to be here or not. Very well-made picture. Great face and pose. Statement reads well towards the attention of work and what it is about. You need to change the title as it sounds as you don’t care, the irony doesn’t come across. The way she is looking shows this absence, this potential of missing something, being disconnected which is new to your work, as it used to be straight towards the viewer with deadpan face expression.

What do you think about the feedback?

Any additional comments?

What should I improve?

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Amsterdam, photo galleries

On the second day of the trip to Amsterdam we visited the Foam Photography Museum.

What a brilliant space for an exhibition and a lot of amazing work to view. Astonishing documentary and food photography, I have never seen as many food photographs in my life. It isn’t a category I am interested in however, I must say that some of the work there was very creative.

The one I loved best is of course documentary photograph; Migrants, Mayra, Picnic Across the Border, Tecate, Mexico, USA, 2017 created by French artist JR. This photograph is very ambiguous. It makes the viewer look twice to see what’s going on and to ask a lot of questions. We’ve had an argument about it, as each of us have their own opinion on which side of the table are Mexicans and Americans. I think Americans are on the left side of photograph as they are richer, they have the table and are sitting on benches, not just a table cloth on the floor, as visible on the right side. However, I could be wrong and as I mention the ambiguity of it makes it impossible to interpret.

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The other image I loved was a man’s portrait with little red squares on it. However, as I looked closer the portrait is made from many little portraits. What a great idea and what a talent to create such a masterpiece.

After lunch we visited Huis Marseille Photography Gallery and looked at contemporary African photography. What a brilliant space for an exhibition, enormous rooms with a lot of daylight coming through huge windows.

The work of Zanele Muholi, David Goldblatt, Pieter Hugo, Mikhael Subotzky and Sabelo Mlangeni to mention just a few. A lot of unknown names but what an amazing exhibition of portraitures, street and documentary photography work, my three favourite photography categories. I am very glad that I’ve seen this work as it gives me some new ideas and some of the work has inspires me to create my photographic project.

My favourite was created by Em’kal Eyongakpa. It is not the kind of work I will be doing, but I loved the way it was exhibited, with little images stuck onto big ones to create one whole image.

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Second Interim Show

Huddersfield, Market Hardware Gallery. From 14th to 20th of December will be open for the public.

Come round a have a look at our amazing work. While my fellow peeps chose fashion, landscape, still life etc, I presented my favourite documentary photography. Peer review tomorrow. Lets see what feedback I will get.

What do you think about my work?

 

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Book fair, exhibition, final year, photo gallery, photography, university, Whitworh Manchester

Bound Art – the photobook festival

Today is the opening nigh for the Bound Art Book Fair in Whitworth Manchester . The book fair will be held until the 14 of October .

The University of Huddersfield is represented by its final year photography students which are showing their amazing books. I will be there most of the weekend, but on Saturday from 10 to 12.30 pm I will be near university table. If you would like to see my book, or of you have any questions about mine (Bloody Foreigners?) or other students work, come round and have a chat.

Also, check out the amazing program with many interesting artists, talk and workshops, or come round and have a look for yourself , there is a lot of amazing work.

http://boundartbookfair.co.uk/

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University trip to The Hepworth Wakefield

Viviane Sassen and Lee Miller’s exhibition.

The mainstay of Viviane Sassen’s Hot Mirrors are geometrics and body abstractions. The representation of gender and fashion in her work are far away from photography traditions, as she breaks the boundaries within creativity and experimentation. Artist often distort human’s body, use harsh shadows and dynamic colours. Her work brings a surreal feel, so the viewer must look twice to find out what’s going on. To display her work, she mixes large posters with glass screens and white photo frames. Images are sequenced to create a story within a place, or a subject matter.

Lee Miller’s work is sequenced within similar subject: hands, naked body, portraits… and presented as small images placed in the middle of black large frames (unfortunately I wasn’t allowed to take pictures of Miller’s work).

Looking at Viviane Sassen’s photographs and collages the viewer can link her work with Lee Miller’s, as she uses a similar approach. Both artists change everyday objects and people into the strange and surreal with a beautiful sense of composition. For their experimentation within many photography fields both artists grow into uncategorised photographers.