Uni Summer Project

I never like to discuss a theme for my work on here until I am certain of the subject myself and have thought of a few ideas that could be used to form part of my work.  I did, loosely, explain my ideas in this post, https://artreviewed.wordpress.com/2012/06/12/research-for-projects/ but didn’t let on the topics I was thinking about covering.

The first idea that I have is about beauty and how society has warped and changed that idea, from models being airbrushed and body shapes being changed, to the use of plastic surgery to change how someone looks.  what is wrong with how we look with out the enhancements made by these procedures?  Who says that the way we are naturally, is not beautiful?  Who says that skinny has to equal beauty?  I know that there are people out there who are trying to change those ideas but is it happening?  I read this article (http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2012/jun/10/body-image-anxiety-eva-wiseman) in the Guardian which has provided some ideas of what I can do with this project.

The other idea I had was about documenting interruptions.  I get interrupted from what I am doing on a daily basis, sometimes hourly, sometimes by myself creating those interruptions (like my thoughts drift away from what I am doing, I start daydreaming, stop what I am doing to check my phone/social networking sites/blogs, make coffee, etc…) or sometimes by others (texts, phone calls, talking, someone knocking the door).  I had the idea to try to illustrate those interruptions, no matter how big or small and create something using those illustrations.

I am still working throught the ideas in my head and thinking about where to take either or both of these ideas.

Research for Projects

I’ve not really done much research for my projects yet as I really have only now come up with ideas that I’m happy with for my uni summer projects.  However, the subjects I have chosen , one has been documented in the media so much recently that I think I shall be using the articles as a source of initial research, then looking at artists/photographers who have chosen a similar theme to my work to look at and get some ideas from, whether they be ideas for photos, set up, lighting, presentation or just to see their take on the theme and subject.

The other idea I have had is going to be a bit more difficult to research as it is just a theme, an idea which is very loose and generalised.  I know what I want to take photos of and how which is useful and I’m sure I have seen some photographers work that, although isn’t on the same theme or idea as mine I wouldn’t mind looking at for presentation ideas (but…I can’t remember his/her name!!!)

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!

Uni Summer Project – Review

As you know I have not been too keen on using my personal project (Circles) for my uni project but have been persevering with it anyway.  Until now….  An idea (or 2!!!) came to me the other day which are now beginning to formulate in my head into solid ideas that I can work on and explore for the Summer Project.  One is about interruptions in daily life and the other idea I have had is challenging an ideal or norm in society.   I have a few ideas of how I want to work my ideas but need to do some research before taking too many photos of the same thing and loosing inspiration.  I have an idea of who I’d like to look at artist wise too which has never happened before, usually I start with an idea and work on it and then do research, then look at artists and see what other people have done but as I said in my post (here https://artreviewed.wordpress.com/2012/05/21/approaching-a-new-project/) you don’t always need to go about things in a set way, everything is interchangeable and, for me, this way feels like the best and most natural way for this project to progress at the moment!

Uni Summer Project – Wk 1

Last week I wrote about my Uni Summer Project brief that I had been given (https://artreviewed.wordpress.com/2012/05/17/uni-summer-project/) Since then I have been trying to decide if I want to go ahead with using my personal project (https://artreviewed.wordpress.com/2012/05/25/circles-project-week-2/) as my uni one.  I really can’t decide.  I have other ideas that I wold like to try out before committing to just one idea.

Since writing last week I have been thinking about this project and had written out a list of ideas for potential projects and have been thinking about where I could take them in terms of ideas and expanding on the themes that surround them.  This has whittled down my list a bit and I have some fairly concrete ideas that I will be doing some test shots for over the following days and weeks!  Hopefully this will help me see where I want to go and how I want to go about this project.  Doing this should also help me decide whether I want to continue with my circles project as my uni work or whether to run two projects side by side!


Uni Summer Project

I had to go to Uni on Tuesday for my end of year review and to pick up the grade I had been given for the last module.  I must say I wasn’t expecting the grade I got for this project as my other projects had only ever been given C’s.  This last project, I got an A14 for it!  I am so pleased with it!  I think I’m more pleased with it because I went in to collect it without having any pre-conceived ideas of what I should be given grade wise.  I was pleased with the feedback too, I knew that I needed to do more research into artists that had done something similar idea wise as I hadn’t looked at any other artists work for this module and how they would have approached the subject I was trying to convey.  I was happy though, and so was my lecturer, that I had thought about how I was going to present my work and that I had made more models, simplified ones that I showed as a series, building upon each of them.  I was also pleased that I had chosen names for them that were equations of how they are made up, it continued the scientific theme I had going on.

While there I got given my summer project which is in two parts.  One is to visit an exhibition/show and write a review on it and the second is quite loose in terms of what we can do.  The main brief of our summer project is to produce a body of work which can be on any theme/idea of our choice and is to be self led and driven.  We can produce work that can be photographic/film/a book or whatever we choose so long as it is sympathetic to our chosen subject.

Now, I have already started a self driven project about circles that I posted my first images of here (https://artreviewed.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=694&action=edit )  but I’m unsure whether to use this project as my uni project or to do another project that I can run alongside the Circles one that I am currently undertaking.  I sat and thought about other project ideas last night, (I won’t share the list just yet as I am still working out if I want to expand on the themes and choose one of them), I came up with 22, yep, 22, different themes I could and would like to do.  What I’m not sure of , is whether these ideas can keep me going from now until october, work wise.  With my Circles project, I don’t have a definitive timeline, I can continue it until I see fit, I can stop and re start it whenever I want as I’m doing it for myself but the uni project needs to be clear and concise and I need to have set ideas to follow and explore.  I feel like I’ve been given this task to undertake and I’m just floating around on it.  I will admit I’m a teeny tiny bit terrified of doing a project which has no boundaries or guidance, except for myself.  Is my own judgement good enough?  Can I produce a body of work that is not just visually pleasing but meaningful also?  And can I keep it going all summer long?

There is really only one way to find out, and that is to do it…if it goes wrong then at least I have tried.