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 pocket sized (about half an a4) book, matte hardcover, with Blurbs (amazing) colour matte text wheight paper.
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. This then caused me to venture out to the areas surrounding Broken Hill rather than the town itself, making it more of a study of Central Western NSW as opposed to just one town.
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 book up as follows:
Blank Opening Page
Header Page - CO-Ordinates & Name
Title Page - A Study of the …..
Map Page - Map of area covered, possible hand drawn
Dedication - to ….
Introduction - explanation of what is to follow…
Title Page of Section
Images - Large Format
Title Page of Section
Images - Medium Format
Title Page of Section
Images - Plant Index
Also including two Polaroid shots of the cameras I used, kind of like a bio page, not sure if this will be at the beginning or end of the book.
Here is a general idea of how the layout of the large format section is going to look.
In order to fulfill what I set out to in my brief I intend for the book to work as a study of the landscape, and in order to achieve this, certain pages contain comparisons between wildly different yet similar scenes, with other pages offering close inspection of certain colors and textures, while others will provide a break for the viewer, showing just one unique image that represents a certain area visited.
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 water, makes for some very interesting landscapes and I plan on shooting these on the way back out of Broken hill on Saturday. Although it will be a challenge figuring out how to actually get access as it is roadside, and we would have to climb down into the swamp areas. The trip from Wilcannia to White Cliffs what pretty uninspiring, everything is ten times greener than two months ago due to the floods, which on its own is an interesting comparison. There were areas that looked like the Savannah and then there were other areas that looked like farmland, further exploring the idea of the desert being in constant flux. After arriving in White Cliffs, we went out to explore the opal fields, I could not find the same track as last time but hopefully we will have some help in finding it tomorrow (with help from Graham from the Red Opal Café). Still got some really interesting shots.
Day 3 – White Cliffs (Perry Lake)
Today was a HUGE day. Went out to shoot at the mines before breakfast and got some shots of old trucks & floodplains as the sun was rising. After breakfast we set out again into the opal fields in search of the mountain truck from January, along the way we found some spectacular junkyards, old trucks and other man made wonders, shooting what we found along the way. It was interesting to see the way that nature reacts to these dumping grounds; it weaves in amongst the junk, taking over anything that tries to come in its way. After lunch we set out in the direction of Perry Lakes, and while the journey took much longer than expected due to the insane road conditions, it was worth the view when we arrived, the lake being about 100 times bigger than I had imagined it, and with some interesting sites along the way.
Day 4 – White Cliffs – Broken Hill
Today we had a bit of a sleep in (7am) ate some breakfast and then set out in the direction of broken hill via Mutiwinji National Park (stopping beforehand to get one last rusted old truck shot. The road was rough but not as bad as yesterdays trip and I shot a few plants/wildlife shots as well as some more traditional landscapes. After arriving and checking in at Broken Hill around 1:30pm we made out way out to Silverton where I shot the old church, had a bit of a shop in the old wares shop (too good to pass up) and then shot some later afternoon scenes on the way back into town.
Day 5 – Broken Hill (Menindee Lakes)
Today was quite possibly the biggest day out of all three trips (or at least on par with the Mungo NP sand dunes incident). We left at 4:30am to drive to Menindee to get the morning light and it was quite a successful shoot. Although a few of the roads were still closed I’m pretty sure I got some good shots. Arriving back in Broken Hill at around 11am we had a second breakfast, a bit of a nap, and then headed out to Silverton and beyond to shoot all afternoon. I have all up now shot about 40 4x5 frames, and around 20 rolls of 120, this is more than I shot during the whole ten day main trip and I am feeling confident that I have achieved some more creative and adventurous outcomes during this trip, having taken what I learnt during the first two trips and applying it to my technique.
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. OMG!!
In other news, at the moment I am putting together all my working prints thus far, in order to get some guidance next week in class on what is working well and what isn’t.
I have FINALLY decided that my book is going to be…. square! & am leaning towards designing it through momento as they have more specialised services and more to choose from in regards to paper type. will make my final decision on this later in the week though. Also, in regards to book design, I have started putting together some sample pages and am now in the process of printing them out and again seeing what works well and what doesn’t. At the moment I am looking at having three main sections, being, North, Central & South. This gives me the option of grouping certain locations into the one area as not to have too many sections within the book that will end up looking messy and unprofessional. It also allows me to include images from the locations that I have a smaller amount of images from such as Mungo NP. I will then have an index section at the back of the book, with all my studio-still life stuff, using all my found objects and a kind of visual index of the places i visited over the three trips. The NorthSouthCentral idea also leaves room for the co-ordinates to feature within these categories in a lot more detail, rather than only at the beginning of each section.
Over the next two (final) weeks of term I plan to have my book design finalized, have a detailed shot list compiled for my final trip, (including the places i need to revisit and re-shoot), book all my accommodation and finalize my trip itinerary, and do a test shoot in class, to learn a bit more about the capabilities of the 4x5 camera,(tilt shift, focal planes) so that I am a little more comfortable to be more experimental during this last trip.
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 would work for colour as this example is in black and white.
is printed on high quality uncoated paper and has a beautiful texture, this is what I have had in mind from the beginning, has a really beautiful effect.