Here is a little studio scene I shot today. My wonderful Farmor gave me these beautiful little bottles for christmas (handmade on Waiheke Island, New Zealand) and have wanted to capture them in all their glory for awhile now. Today, the light was perfect so here we are!
Over the last couple of days, while working on the book layout, i have decided to split the book into two! one main book, detailing the landscapes with two sections… one named LARGE one named MEDIUM possibly with the polaroids at the end and a second, smaller book to accompany it, filled with all the studio work, that was initially going to be at the end of the book. it will be a small...
Another big change that has occurred since setting out on this journey is the discovery that Broken Hill in itself is actually quite a large city (in comparison to its surroundings), it was absolutely nothing like I had imagined it to be, the first signs coming into the town being ads for McDonalds, KFC and Hungry Jacks, it was much more commercial and modern that I had pictured it in my head....
Now that all the shooting is complete, it is time to focus on the book layout, after much deliberation I have decided to stick with the square format as it works best with the 4x5 dimensions. I have also decided to scrap the north, south, central idea as it was all becoming too messy, and after re-visiting my thesis I felt it was drifting away from my initial intentions. Instead I am dividing the...
Day 1 – Sydney to Cobar Smashed this travel out today, and made it to Cobar by 230pm. Today was not a planned shooting just needed to cover ground, shooting will start tomorrow. Day 2 – Cobar to White Cliffs After leaving Cobar after sunrise we arrived in White Cliffs around 11am. The journey from Cobar was an interesting one, there was quite a few flood plains that were still pretty full of...
Lots to tell this week! I have finally locked in dates for my third trip, secured my film stocks (portra only with a couple of packs of impossible project film to experiment with along the way), I am going to head off in the first week of the mid semester break, in order to be back, have everything scanned and organised by the beginning of term as it is then only 7 weeks till we have to present....
Book Options - Blurb
I had a look at some photo book options by Blurb last week and they had some really interesting ideas… Like this book; Which has been printed on stock standard novel paper, giving a warm tone to the whole book. Although the paper stock is cheap it actually has a really interesting effect and could work quite well for my project. The only thing I would have to consider is how this...
Progress Report - The Story So Far…
Having now reached the final weeks of first term, it is time for a bit of reflection… Over the last six weeks I have been working on four major aspects of the project; 1. Scanning and Organisation This has been an integral part of my work since coming back from the initial trips, after scanning all the negatives into digital files, I have been working on my categories, the task proving harder than...
I have been in New Zealand for this past week working on another project, so things have been a bit slow on the blog front, but I have been working on getting all my images edited, scratches and dust spots removed from all the images (this was a bigger task than I first though it was going to be!). I have been doing a little bit each day and am almost finished. The catagorising of the images is...
This week has been another big one, as I expect the all will be until June! I have been continuing to work on my categories, the task proving harder than I expected. To help me try and make some concrete decisions I have printed out all my contact sheets, stuck them up on my wall, and am now forced to have a look, and consider them every time I walk in the door. My studio work had really come...
Magnum Contact Sheets
Over the weekend I went to check out the ‘Magnum Contact Sheets’ exhibition at Stills Gallery in Paddington. It was a great insight into the working process of some of the great photographers of our time, fascinating to see the way the chose that one image from a whole roll, and how those choices went on to become Iconic images. It also helped me with my project and making decisions about which...
This week has been a bit of a whirlwind! Along with reviewing my timeline and deciding to put together a sponsorship proposal to help me make a third and final trip a reality I have FINALLY come up with a new title for the project. After much deliberation and many ideas I have decided to go with theme of coordinates. The title of the book will be the coordinates of Broken Hill as it is at the...
Photo book Research
From the very beginning of this project I have been adamant that I don’t want my photo book to have an image on the cover, I have had my heart set on a simple leather cover with the title in small print on the front, possibly with some kind of logo. I came across this book on my shelf the other day, when looking for inspiration and it just seemed to fit so well with the style of my project...