In Review – JUNE

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No idea of the amount of rainy days this past month has seen…

Another month gone by so quickly again!  It seems that time drags by when I’m in Uni, the holidays can’t come quick enough but now I’m on holiday it seems that the months are passing too quickly!

My favourite posts of the month are (in order of most recent to oldest…)

1) Circles Project – Week 3 (https://artreviewed.wordpress.com/2012/06/14/circles-project-week-3/)  I liked the photos that I had taken for this post and that I have not centered totally on the circles within the frame.  There is something a lot more subtle about the photos and I may start to play around more with showing the “circles” in situ rather than zooming in on them and making the image totally about the item.

2) Nature (https://artreviewed.wordpress.com/2012/06/16/nature/)  This is my favourite image I have taken so far, and it happened quite by chance.  I love the detail on the bee and the colours of the image.  I’d love to take more photos like this! 😀

3) Interrupted – Uni Summer Project Wk 1 and Wk 2(https://artreviewed.wordpress.com/2012/06/16/interrupted-uni-summer-project-wk-1/,https://artreviewed.wordpress.com/2012/06/30/interrupted-week-2/ ) I’m glad I have finally started to get this project off the ground and am now playing round with ideas that I have had and seeing how they come out.  There will be more of these to come!

4) Weekend Project – The Garden! (https://artreviewed.wordpress.com/2012/06/30/weekend-project-the-garden/)  I was pleased to start doing weekend projects and starting to play around with my cameras and film again, and I’m really pleased with the results of my first weekend project!  I originally spoke of these “Weekend Projects” being day projects as it only takes a day to shoot images but decided to make them into weekend projects as I needed to get the images printed and scanned in to the computer to upload and that can take a few days!

5) Cards… (https://artreviewed.wordpress.com/2012/06/30/cards/)  As I said in the post, I haven’t done any card or scrap booking for so long and it was nice to start-up making things again!  And for such a good cause too!  I had forgotten how relaxing I find card making and am aiming to make more to sell!

Things to work on in July…

1) The amount of posts I make!  I was aiming for a post a day but after having some image upload issues that have continued I was slightly put off as I got so frustrated!  I am going to try to post more this month and catch up with everything!

2) Uni Projects.  It is all well and good having ideas but it would be a good idea for me to put them into practice and make more images instead of thinking about them!  I have a tendency to over think something and then not do anything about it so in future I shall start doing as I think and maybe I shall get further along than I am! I have a few ideas that would be good to write down and start working on, especially one for the Interrupted project that I am working on!

3) Circles Project.  As above really!  I have a few ideas that I want to work on, including one that moves away from photography and into printing but that is going to be kept for another post!

4) Weekend Projects.  I have loved doing the first weekend project and am going to be working on another one this weekend so hopefully there will be more images to share soon!  My only problem is deciding which camera to use next!  I’d love to use my medium format cameras (my Holga TLR and Kodak Box Brownie TLR) but have not got around to purchasing colour film yet.  Or finding out if I can get it processed in Asda.

5) Working on my Bucket List (https://artreviewed.wordpress.com/2012/05/17/summer-bucket-list/).  I am not sure how many things I have done on my Bucket List so far but I’m sure an update is a good idea!

In Review – MAY

I can’t believe May has come and gone!  It doesn’t feel like that long ago that I finished uni for the summer! (Not that we have had much of a summer yet, 1 week of hot sunny weather and the rest has been wet and miserable…)

Anyway, as this is a review of May I shall be sharing my favourite posts with you along with my favourite ideas that have cropped up along the way!

So, this month my favourite posts were (in most recent – earliest)

1) Heat. (https://artreviewed.wordpress.com/2012/05/31/heat/)  I really like this post as it was a spur of the moment blog that I wasn’t going to do.  I was originally going to blog about something else but had taken these photos in the garden and they captured (to me anyway) how hot it was.  The photos I took were calm and peaceful, which the day was, it was one of those days where you could smell the warmth in the air and there wasn’t a cloud to be seen, let alone a breeze to be felt.

2) Circles Project Week 2. (https://artreviewed.wordpress.com/2012/05/25/circles-project-week-2/) I liked the first weeks photos but am more pleased with how the second weeks photos turned out.  I feel that I have pushed myself and challenged myself to be more creative with the photos I have taken, used different view points and become more investigative with my pictures.

3) Summer Bucket List. (https://artreviewed.wordpress.com/2012/05/17/summer-bucket-list/)  As I am not in uni now for quite a while and (seem to) have time on my hands I thought it would be nice to compile a bucket list of things I would like to do during the holidays apart from just concentrate on uni work and photos.  Some of the items on my list I have tried and have had fun with, some I have ideas for and some I have yet to start or do, which is ok as I do have a lot of time to be able to do these things in!  At some point there will be a post about what I have done on the list and photos too!!!

4) My Cameras. (https://artreviewed.wordpress.com/2012/05/12/my-cameras-photos/) This post where I spoke about my cameras made me realise that I do own an awful amount of cameras, some I have not used for ages (maybe even years) and it got me thinking about them and how much I loved taking photos with them, all for different reasons.  It has made me think about starting to use them again and think about projects I could do using them!

5) A Model Family. (https://artreviewed.wordpress.com/2012/05/11/a-model-family-the-finished-product/) I’m not sure I can even begin to explain how happy I am with this project and the way it turned out in the end, especially as at one point I felt that I was battling with it and on the verge of giving up.  This project is not just a grade to me, it is blood, sweat and tears and a reminder to myself not to give up and keep going even when you feel like it is not going to work.  Just a little more effort and energy and belief in the idea can make it work!  And I’m so glad I didn’t give up on this one! 😀

So, that’s my favourite posts but I have some ides also that I would like to  follow on with in this month.

1) Day Projects  (https://artreviewed.wordpress.com/2012/05/26/day-projects/)  After I had this idea and had blogged about it I thought about what I could photo in a day and have now made a list.  I am hoping to be able to take photos on a saturday each week and then get them developed on sunday with a view to posting in the week.  I decided that I was going to use film for these projects as I want to get back into using film and really like the effects you can obtain with film.  I like the idea of doing short projects that can be done in a day as it means that the projects can be based purely on photography and are quick and less time-consuming!

2) Illustrating a Story. (https://artreviewed.wordpress.com/2012/05/25/illustrating-a-story/)  I like this idea which was a project we had in uni back in January.  It can be as simple or as technical as you like and could be quite interesting.  im not sure if I will choose a story to illustrate at the moment but I would like to keep it in mind for the future.

Things to work on in June.

1) Uni Summer Project.  As I now have 2 completely new ideas I need to research them and decide whether to do them both (as both are viable options at the moment) or whether I should just do one.  This decision can only be made once research is underway and I can see where I can go with my ideas and the volume of work each idea produces, and then where these ideas take me in terms of photographs and the quality of the ideas behind them.

2) Circles Project.  I seem to have lost momentum for this project slightly.  I’m not sure why, but over the next few weeks I am going to be editing some of the photos I have taken and really start playing with the ideas I have.  One of the ideas for this project is to create something and I’m keen to get started with it and see what happens!

3) Day Projects.  I am determined to start this project and use all of the cameras I have, if not to produce good work but to re-familiarise myself with film and the cameras themselves.  I will be aiming to do one project each weekend, with shooting on a saturday and developing on a sunday!

Summer Bucket List

It occurred to me earlier that everything I have planned that I have talked about on here revolves around uni nad photos.  I really do have other things I want to try to do this summer while I’m off so I have compiled a list, in no particular order…

1) Create some new scrapbook pages.  I can’t remember the last time I did some scrapbooking and have a whole pile of photos, new and old, that I want to make pages for.  I found all my 12″x12″papers yesterday and had forgotten about how lovely they all were.  I think I will start working on layouts later this week/early next week and start pairing up photos with the papers I want to use.

2) Make some new cards.  Again, this is something I used to do ALL the time but since starting uni I haven’t really made any.  It would be nice to make some to sell or just to give away to friends and family.  I really hate buying shop bought cards as they can be too impersonal and the wording not quite right.  And there is nothing nicer than receiving a hand-made/crafted card either.

3) Make more jewellery.  I have been making jewellery on and off for years and recently purchased a lovely load of glass beads from Hobbycraft which I really want to use to make some lovely bracelets with.  I also want to use some of the beads that I forgot I had (they re-surfaced when sorting my craft room for moving the other day…).

4) Sort out/finish moving my craft room.  As you probably know from this post (https://artreviewed.wordpress.com/2012/05/03/please-excuse-the-mess/) I am moving my craft room from the dining room to one of my spare bedrooms.  I havent yet got much further with any of it apart from getting rid of the spare bed and a chest of drawers and matching wardrobe.  I really need to go through all the craft materials I have and work out what I want to keep and what can go and work from it that way.  At the moment I am moving everything bit by bit upstairs and then sorting it out.  It would also help if I went and bought the storage items I needed and got them up!

5) Sew more Sock Monkeys!  This is fun and simple and I started off making sock monkeys from a kit my friend bought me for my birthday.  I want to make more so I can have a craft stall somewhere and sell them along with jewellery and cards.  It has been something I have wanted to do for ages, and now, with such a long summer holiday starting I can use the time to create some!

6) Paint a canvas.  No idea what I want to paint onto a canvas but in my Foundation year I created a tree on canvas and really enjoyed doing it so I would like to make something else and have that on a wall somewhere.

7) Do something ‘Crafty’ with my photos.  I have tons and tons of photos on the computer that rarely get seen so I would like to print them out and create some kind of artwork using them.

8) Find a way of displaying my old photos.  This one is relatively simple, I have seen so many different, inexpensive ways of displaying old photos, I just need to decide which would work for mine and go for it.  At the moment I store all of mine in a shoe-box which is a shame as I’d really like them to be out.

9) Go to an exhibition.  Not for uni work, but because I want to go.  I really, REALLY want to go to the Damien Hirst one in London’s Tate.

10) Go somewhere I have never been before.  Now I can drive I want to go somewhere I have never been before and be a tourist for the day.  I want to experience the feeling of never seeing a place before and try to capture the essence of the place through photos and other media.  I want to explore!

11) Read at least 3 books over the summer.  I love reading and during term time I don’t seem to read that much so this one should be easy to do.

12) Visit friends more often.  Again, I can drive now and have more time so it would be nice to catch up with friends over the holidays for chats and cuppas and enjoy being with them.

13) Bake things.  So I can take them when I visit friends.  I love baking but it seems to be one of those things I rarely do anymore.

14) Work on the project for the Boyfriends birthday.  I can’t say what it is (he may read this..) but I do have until september to perfect it and get it completed!!! If I get it completed by then I will share what it is and share some photos of it too!!!

15) Create something using a frame.  I have seen frames full of things from plants to seeds to pencils and crayons.  I want to create some kind of “memory frame” that holds things that are precious and hold memories for me.

16) Organise my collections.  I have so many collections of things and they are not all kept together in categories or anything, they seem to be scattered around the house, whatever it may be, jewellery, nail varnish, sequins.  Organising them and keeping them together would be a good thing!

17) Take more “film” photographs.  I have several film cameras, 35mm and 120mm film ones.  I love film and the cameras and I need to start using them as much as I use my digital camera.  I love handling actual photos once they have come back from the developers, they become actual objects, not a computer file saved away on a hard drive somewhere.  And I like being able to do things with the actual images.  (ooh, this could tie in with my scrapbooking…)

18) Have fun.  If I don’t get half of this done, or none at all, so long as whatever I have done has been enjoyed and been fun then I think I will probably have achieved something along the way!

Oh, and I suppose 19), carry on blogging, and try to blog once a day!