I feel very pleased with my development throughout my Major Project Preparation Project. I feel as though I have progressed through thorough experimentation and research.
I think looking at this project as a whole it does not necessarily have to be the photo-shoot which is the end product. Previously I had always thought that to do styling/art direction would lead to photo-shoot and that this would then be the end product. However, I have started to realise that there is so much more than just the shoot, it’s more about the research that goes behind it, the communication between the team of people you are collaborating with, the sourcing of the garments and finally the editing and experimentation of the final photographs.
In the past I would have only done a blog to document all of my findings and experimentation, however this project I decided to also run a tactile sketchbook alongside my blog. This has meant that I have become a lot more hands on with my work and have actually enjoyed the sketchbook far more than I would have originally anticipated. I think by doing a sketchbook it led me to do more experimental work with my final images and work out different ways of presenting them than just in a magazine format. Although stated in my Learning Agreement that I hoped to submit my photographs to a magazine, I think that by finding a different use for my photographs has been more beneficial to me. I think I have only just begun to touch on the idea of experimenting with papers and different materials. The idea of a shop display window which I have only began to touch on, is also something I would like to develop more in my next project.
During this project I have really enjoyed working with a great team of people. I have liked organising the shoot but also incorporating others ideas from what they also want to receive from this. By doing this it has not only given then something they can gain from the shoot but also pushed my ideas forward.
Although I think doing the extra shoots may have added to my portfolio, I found that they did take a huge amount of time out of my own project and perhaps it may be better to do these ‘alongside’ shoots when I don’t have so much of my own work on.
I asked the people I worked with a few questions about the shoot. This helps me to understand what I am getting right and what needs improving.
Lydia - Make-Up Artist Answers:
For my next project I would like to look into developing more of my experimentations and continuing my exploration of different ways to present my photographs. I would also like to be more inventive of set design and really go 'all out' there to create something new and visually exciting! I will carry on doing a sketchbook as this is defiantly shown an improvement in my work and I like the tactile quality that makes my work more personal to the viewer, it is almost inviting you in.