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.