For my book’s pages I chose Lumi Silk Coated paper (150gsm), as the image quality is very good; the paper appear slightly shiny, feels nice when touched and as it isn’t white, it gives a slightly warm feeling to the photographs.
I experimented with book sizes and decided that A4 is too large, A5 is too small, so I tried the version in between them-B5 and it’s perfect. I printed the book pages at the University printing bureau and delivered them to Spink and Thackray in Leeds for binding. I chose a light yellow hard cover and for the second book I selected a slightly larger size, orange cover and very similar to Lumi Silk paper. However, the prints quality in the second book wasn’t as good as the ones printed at the University.
Unfortunately, I realised that one of the images in the book was cropped. The same one that I printed for an exhibition and came damaged. Unlucky. Fallowing my mistake, I had to reprint the book pages again. I drove to uni on Wednesday the 24th of April and the printing bureau was closed for an Easter break. I went there the day after, printed the pages and drove to Leeds to make an order. The fallowing Thursday, I collected the book which wasn’t as ordered. The letters on the front page was damaged and appears slightly dirty around the edges however, it wasn’t too bad. In addition, when I came home, I realised that they put two front pages in the book. I wanted to scream!
This means that I had to drive to Leeds again! I drove in London, Manchester and other big cities in the World, but I hate driving in Leeds. Never mind, the next morning I gave them a ring and made a complaint. I was told to bring the book back and they will sort it out for me. This time I sent my boyfriend, as I was stressed enough and had million other things to do before the submissions. Three days before the submission I finally collected my book! Thankfully this time it looks amazing and I am very proud of it!
I need to take a pictures of my book, make some changes and finally I will be ready to submit my work, both written and physical form.
If you would like to see my book and many other interesting work, come to The University of Huddersfield on the 7th of June for the final year photography student’s exhibition. I can’t wait for it!
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
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!
Another interesting competition I am considering is LIFE FRAMER – OPEN CALL.
The competition is running until the 30th of September and cost $20 for single image, $30 for 3 images an $40 for 6 images.
Any style, any subject, any genres… will be judged by British documentary photographer Martin Parr.
Each month winning photographers receive feedback, open exposure and $2,000 in cash prizes, and at the end of each Edition the winners are exhibited in curated shows at gallery spaces in New York, Milan and Tokyo, and at Arles Photo Festival.
Each month the 1st and 2nd Prize photographers will have their image exhibited in New York, Tokyo, London and Rome. I am going to enter 3 images from my Bloody Foreigners? work.