Wednesday, 10 February 2010

What if?.... 100 photography

Original 100 photographs catergorising them:

Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Photoshop Brief Visual Language

This brief was to create 10 A6 postcards using lighting techniques from our visual language photoshop workshop.. her were my experiments....


I loved this project it was soo different from anything ive ever done before related to a brief anyway! I partnered up with Kimberly Sanford to do this we went shopping for cake ingredients we had played around with ideas of what we wanted to achieve but nothing was set in stone yet! once back at the flat we were set with a tricky problem NO SCALES! so i then researched on the internet to find a recipe that dealt with the measurements in cups! which went on to proove useful as they seemed to turn out gorgeous! We made a chocolate orange cake inspired by terrys! we was going to go on making a word something along the lines of yummy yet decided not to it was a little bit corny!! so went with a well crafted letter G. we were amazed with the outcome yet disappointed as our cake was all about the taste and when at uni they didn't even try it!! NOT IMPRESSED.

What if?....

This brief was about solving an underlying problem within leeds. This brief had to be tackled by a group of people we got separated into groups and began discussing what we believed needed to be solved in Leeds. My group toyed with a lot of ideas for this and was going to go along the lines of homelessness and finding something to show them where they could go and get help throughout the year for food and warmth etc. Yet as we looked further into this another group was tackling the same idea so we decided to stop in our tracks and go down another route we then decided to look into generally people being happy! With a few key questionnaires we revised there was key parts of the day which people were at there downiest, often mornings!! We used an A-Board with the words "could you be happier?" on them and people tallied off on the board yes/no the majority answered yes it was difficult to solve this problem as everybody has different needs! So in the first crit we just decided to give sweets out and see what the reaction would be it went down a storm a little gesture made people smile. We did a further few questionnaires and came to believe anything free or funny would make people temporarily happy! We then went on to take photos of us handing out sweets on the streets and peoples reaction to this we made cards which had jokes on them too, i don't believe these worked as well as we thought they were pretty pointless if i was honest! We toyed with the idea of performing in front of a large group of people in our uni, yet cost of costumes and time it wasn't appropriate.

Throughout this project we all got given set tasks discussed over ourselves i decided to research the scientific facts around winter blues syndrome and chemical reactions in the brain when you laugh and smile. I also looked into happy songs feel good music and tested if it worked.

Our group handing out the sweets to the public and photographing their reactions:

Monday, 1 February 2010

Collect 100

For the collect 100 project i have decided to look at textures. this was relevant because i think they are interesting to work wih as everything has a texture! looking into textures initially i thought i would be dealing with physical textures but after researching into this there are many programs which you can create visual textures. To relate this into my design practice work i will be developing 4 books each with a different subject involving textures they all will be observational studies of the textures. I will be cutting a window from the pages to keep the work in small sections so they look more professional. i have made some design desicions about how the book will fold out i plan on doing a concetina due to the fact the subject is something which you interact with and a believe this fold pushes this idea forward. I want to work in a mix media way with the use of photography papers drawings etc.