Profile Inspiration And Designing

What methods can a photographer use to build a profile?

A photographer can make portfolios, separate subject themes, they can manifest either as a physical or an online website.

A C.V. (curriculum vitae) is a great way to highlight the best photographic experiences, focus is channelled to demonstrate the talents of the photographer and showcase their work in a way that has greater appeal, this may take the form of the first rate selection being shown at the beginning and an equally exquisite choice for the last images to provide a lasting impression. The viewer can gain empathy with photographer and feel a connection to their personal choices, the photographer is able to display their personality through their personal statement and the selection of subject matter. This they hope will attract a fan base and will generate potential work opportunities.

Social media platforms can be used for widespread sharing, it is an effective way of sharing the most contemporary work; information and news. The audience will be reminded of the photographer and be reacquainted with their interest in them.

Business cards are a great way for clients or employers to promote themselves, there is a point of contact and a readily available number to reference, due to the smallness of the cards they can be kept in client’s wallets and purses, this will prompt the client’s memory as a visual clue. The platforms should be used in the most effective manner, this is a tried and tested formulae keep continuity via font, colour palette and logo.

A logo is very import as it is something a client or employer will remember you by, it must be eye-catching and will represent a visual identifiable design. The choice of logo is individual and will act as a reminder of the photographer and hopefully cause a reconnection to their work.

Why would a photographer use a website portfolio to showcases their work?

The artist obtains creative control of the design they may actively design it either themselves or commission a website designer with their preferred requirements. The use of a website as a portfolio is a very simple but effective way to promote their work as it can be sent to any employer or client in a matter of seconds, this will also mean that the costs are considerably reduced as there won’t be a need for printing, resources, delivery, post and packaging. The cost effectiveness is also helped by the fact that there is not a need for the portfolio to be returned.

A photographic website should be very simple in layout and professionally designed. Website designs should incorporate; Simple drop-down menu function, easily readable text but also continuity throughout the whole website, limited colour palette, copyrighted, bold images and separate categories for different work themes. The client can have their speciality in a database so that they are recalled in a time efficient way. The design of a gallery aids the audience to make enquiries about the images they see, the subdivision and the categorising of subjects’ makes navigation easy, logical and extremely user-friendly. The layout needs to be stimulating and present the viewer with the photographer’s talents and an overview of their work ethic.

A public CV could be included; a list of exhibitions, awards, press releases about the work are also useful means of promoting the photographer’s work and credentials.

website-insp.pngI was originally inspired by this photographer, many years ago, I found myself influenced by the style and layout of this website. I thought it made the viewer instantly interested and very successfully drew the audience’s eye, the layout was extremely simple, minimal and very powerful however all the information was there to be viewed. The photography is monochromatic white and black and enhances the focus without detaching from the detail of the work. The social media platform is a great option from the onset and all the key menus are visible, easily accessible, these are all features I would like to use in my own website branding, I would like my website to be simple, effective with all the key information, but displaying easy guidance for any viewer.

Website Ins2I feel that the displayed layout works extremely well and the categories are very easily found, there are different and uncomplicated titles in keeping with their own themes, this is very easy to navigate around and feels cohesive as a website. I also like the fact that copy- right is below the work therefore not detracting from the aesthetic this is very effective but non-intrusive therefore informing the viewer that the work should not be copied or taken from the photographer without spoiling the image’s appeal.

WebspcontactI like the format of this contact sheet as it is simple to use but states the key objectives. Stavars also gives you an email option as well as this contact format.

website infoI like the information given in the biography as it is comprehensive to read but effective in giving the back story or the underpinning behind the photographer but also provides a clear understanding of how he creates his work. I think you almost gain a personal connection with the artist statement and a sense of clarity as to why he feels empowered by architectural photography. I think the font is very easy to read and is very simplistic in nature but incorporates all the essential main facts about the photographer. I would like to create something similar with my personal statement and biography to provide an insightful understanding of my work.

http://www.martinstavars.com/

KIrsty MitchellThe first thing I noticed when taking the print screen was that it disabled print screen this I felt was a safe and effective way of securing the artist’s work, it stops viewers from saving the work. I like the brief but enlightening information given in every part of the website but also the powerful imagery stands out so beautifully the concept and thoughtful planning of the monochromatic choices displayed as the website is on a black base with white text this also means that as the work is colourfully enhanced, making it stand out even further. I like the simplistic layout which is very effective, there is a good menu system making it easy to navigate.

 

km-e1498571944259.pngThe statement given by Kirsty herself is effective and powerful and enables you to understand her motives and why she was inspired by this medium. I like the way that it is a white base with her image behind it but also with an image beside the text of Kirsty, which includes the artist herself in amongst her work. I would like to create the same kind of information delivery and adopt the way it is written in my artist statement/biography as I think it is very engaging for the viewer and poignant too.

km bnlogThis section of the website is in a blog format which I like as it feels very active and engaging and almost as if you can get lost within the work but is still easy to navigate through. I would like to have my own blog system encompassing all my recent work so that they are able to have a contemporaneous feel.

kmendAt the bottom of the website I noticed added platforms and additional pages which are helpful for the viewer to access, this is something I would like to use myself in my website as I would like my social media platforms to be linked here and include all the key navigation so that the viewer is never too far away from the core at the heart of the navigation system.

https://www.kirstymitchellphotography.com/

 

Designing My Own Layout.

 

I then decided to plan exactly how I would like to layout my own website and I thought about having large images on the screen as a header as I feel this would make my work much more  prominent and perhaps the  use of interchangeable  images would give a randomised feel when refreshed so that a new image pops up. I decided I wanted personal information in the different categories throughout my portfolio but a brief insightful overview about me in the homepage with a few images to illustrate the text. I wanted the categories to be clearly laid out with a thumbnail to each and how it relates to the category and then by clicking on the category enabling the audience to be able to view each image with an informative caption. I wanted the layout to be simple but effective and I want it to be either black or white so that the image will stand out. I want all of my social media platforms linked to the website so that the viewer is able to very quickly click on the separate links to see my most recent work as it will be updated much more frequently than the website but also gives a separate perspective on what I do on a day-to-day basis. I wanted to create something whereby the viewer is able to download the images. I wanted a contact page much like Martin Starvars so that I can be easily contacted by the viewer if they have any queries.

I then mapped out my ideas for a website template. I looked into WordPress as an option to help create the website as I know that WordPress was very simple to use to create websites but also very effective. It took a long time sorting out the website and making sure the layout was correct, ensuring every category had a little section explaining the purpose and the narrative underpinning it. I Spent a long time changing the titles of the images because when they were originally uploaded they were simply called the name of the image straight from the camera which I didn’t think looked professional, as a result, I wanted to edit this and include my own caption. The website planning and creating was a very tediously long process taking over two days as the website is relatively slow I would like to perhaps in the future create a new website using Adobe Muse but currently I feel that this has all my featured requirements that I effectively desired for my website and adequately serves the purpose as a portfolio. I like that the categories are split by every element from my main work so that  I can connect to a client I will be able to link them directly to a category if they were looking for a specific style and this is a very simple and effective way of exhibiting my work.

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http://sweet.photography/

I also decided to print a booklet as I realised this would be very useful skill to have for the future as being able to print your work is a standard requirement in employment and this took a long time to perfect so that the pre-sets of the screen and printer would match and I subsequently experienced a lot of issues as I was trying to print from Adobe InDesign and then realised that this wasn’t working and had to drag the whole booklet into Photoshop and put the pages together manually so that they would print as a booklet on paper but also had to manually work out how to print double sided which was very tedious and utilised a great deal of trial and error and this took three days to perfect and I still felt there could be lots of improvements made and this is something that I want to improve for future projects ensuring the process is perfected and therefore knowing how to print directly from any Adobe program.

Portfolio

 

Business Cards: Essentially business cards are similar in design as the concept behind them is to provide information and contact ability. I wanted to add a striking feel to my own creation. I have mulled over the idea and have struggled to find the exact design, I know that I want to include my initials in my Logo and a camera to show the nature of my profession, I also want a ‘catchphrase’  “Stories of Life, Beautifully Told” the colour theme I am still working on and have many ideas to work on.

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Logo designing: The concept for my Logo design took a multitude of ideas and designs, I tried many aspects of a planned theme and ultimately did not use any of the original ideas. I really liked the idea of the natural palette of nature’s colours, elements, for example, water, air, earth and sand, but my peers suggested this was too complicated and I was overthinking the concept, I, therefore, abandoned this idea in favour of looking through the camera lens and depicting my eye colour. This also created technicalities that were too problematic, I then adopted the idea of a very simple design based on my initials with a three-dimensional view, this design looked the most appealing and caught the eye effectively. The image portrayed demonstrates a tunnelled pathway into the A through the S and acts as a portal to suggest a journey through the image which is my created world, the colour scheme was chosen as a theme in which was subsequently muted to gain a monochromatically appealing image. This design I was happy to utilise as my logo.

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Career Pathways

Mind Map Of Initial Ideas Mind map

 

The concept behind my decisions to explore avenues that will provide focus and inspiration for the future. I decided to investigate and build a better understanding of the industry, I started by researching online what exactly the creative industry offered, my research of the creative industries was extremely insightful, the creative industries are a fastest growing industry, which is something that I had suspected. The website gives you lots of options for a career pathway, however, I would like to take the path of photography, alternatively, I would be happy to try other creative pathways with photography being the main focus.

My research does, however, give you an understanding of who are the main employers in the creative field which I thought was very useful. These include:

Advertising – AMV BBDO, Grey London, Leo Burnett;

Cultural heritage – English Heritage, National Trust, National Museum Wales, Victoria and Albert Museum, National Galleries of Scotland;

Design – Jaguar Land Rover, Harrods, AKQA, Big Active;

Fashion – Arcadia, ASOS, Burberry, John Lewis, Marks & Spencer, Next

Film/TV – Ealing Studios, Pinewood Studios, Sony Pictures, ITV, BBC, Channel 4;

Music – Opera North, Warner Music Group.

It helps as a guide in the right websites to find the creative jobs such as creativepool which is similar to LinkedIn but for the creative field.

The research gives insight as to what it’s like working in the creative field and what the requirements are for an employee.

It is also brilliant with regards to informing you of the issues that could arise and obstacles that need overcoming in the creative field I had considered some of the issues as concerns already but I found it very informative as a whole.

https://www.prospects.ac.uk/jobs-and-work-experience/job-sectors/creative-arts-and-design/overview-of-the-creative-arts-sector-in-the-uk

I then decided to look at the job profile of the photographer on the website and what that entails. It gives your ideas focus and insight into genres in which you can pursue, some of these listed are –

Most professional photographers specialise in one area, such as:

Advertising;

Corporate;

Editorial;

Fashion;

Fine art;

Social photography – also known as general practice, which includes weddings, commercial and portraiture photography.

For information on working in the press or within medical photography the scope is endless the potential ideas include press photographer and medical illustrator.

A medical illustrator is something that instantly interested me, and I was extremely fascinated by this especially as my work looks into medical/clinical subjects. I want to investigate this option further

I read about the responsibilities as a photographer and I found this very useful however I was not surprised by anything but helped reinforce what I thought already.

Another part I found extremely useful is the salary guidance, as it informed you how much you should expect as a photographer and how much it can range between experience and employer.

I also found it very useful reading the section regarding working hours as it told you that you needed to be very flexible and adaptable, this merely reinforced my perceived ideas.

Another thing I found useful is what you can expect as a photographer. I also found the skills section very useful as it entails all the key skill I’ll need as an employee.

It mentioned work experience, why it’s important and keeping an up-to-date portfolio is very helpful for any employer to view it at an instant these provide a snapshot of the level of skill you have attained.

It was also extremely beneficial to read a profile of the scope of employers or a potential employer’s field. The research provided insight into who would be likely to require a photographer and therefore how you could adapt CVs to attract and deliver the desired portfolio for these roles, it also informs you exactly the type of roles that are employed or self-employed very valuable as goals to focus upon.

It also listed many very useful websites in which you can search for jobs or further education and this was very helpful to view.

https://www.prospects.ac.uk/job-profiles/photographer

I then decided to look graduate jobs and what would be the expected skills.

These include- creative ideas and ability; strong communication skills – not only useful in your day-to-day work, but also invaluable when networking and building contacts an essential part of any career in the creative arts and design sector; the ability to work in a team; effective planning, organisation and time management skills.

The majority of work in the creative industries is project-based and deadline-driven, this is essentially reinforcing the concept of timely organisation to manage your workload; self-discipline and stamina to cope with long hours; resilience and determination – the industry is highly competitive and you’ll have to be able to cope with setbacks; a good eye for detail in art and design roles; the flexibility to work on multiple projects at once; commercial awareness and business orientation; digital and IT skills; manual dexterity; practical and technical skills, including associated software, e.g. Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, CAD; marketing, administrative and business skills – especially relevant  if you are self-employed.

I found this very useful and informative insight precisely what you need to focus upon and hone the precise skills base once you graduate.

My research also gave valuable insight into how you get work experience in the field. It also gives you websites in which you can find work experience. This was extremely useful and will be advantageous in the future.

It also advises how you can find a job after you graduate in the creative sector. This was useful as it informed you that creative jobs are not advertised and a highly competitive. This promotes the idea of how important building your own profile in order to be of interest to potential employers. It also gives you potential employers that would look at graduation schemes. It also tells you that you will need your own online portfolio as well as getting onto all social platforms to build yourself a potentially captivating profile in the creative field.

https://www.prospects.ac.uk/jobs-and-work-experience/job-sectors/creative-arts-and-design/getting-a-graduate-job-in-creative-arts

 

Job Searches

Job Search Guildford

On the first search when looking for photography jobs I found very few that I would be able to apply for as I didn’t meet any of the requirements, these include having a driving licence all my own equipment including cameras lighting and a studio or they were too greater distance to travel, or I needed experience. I found a few job searches that I could potentially look at if I was in better health however these are still at a great distance. I felt that the job above I would meet the requirements as it is part-time and some of the locations are easy to commute to via train, however, this, a further cost of travel. I have a DBS check. I thought I am semi experienced in Photoshop, and Bridge but feel I work best in these programs. I feel that I am a happy, enthusiastic and jolly individual who is friendly and feel that I can work very self-directed. I’m always very eager to learn new things and build my skill base and have experienced volunteering in the photography department in the school I attended.

 

Job Search Madistone

This job search was the most local I found as it is based in Maidstone. I thought it was interesting as it was event photography. Though working with enthusiastic freelance photographers would be very pleasant and inspiring. I feel I would be able to fit into the team as I am very much team orientated too. I feel I would be able to work within a youth sports arena. I would be able to train in the designated areas. I like the idea of meeting customers before capturing their image them as it’ll be good to understand and gain insight into their personality. I feel that I am enthusiastic and energetic and able to communicate effectively. I would feel confident with both children and adults. I feel that I would be able to work at a fast pace or under high pressure. I feel I would be flexible to work when needed. I feel that I am semi experienced in a studio but perhaps could benefit from some more training. I have most of the equipment that I need but would need to expand on studio flashlight. One downside of this which I don’t meet requirements is my own driving licence or a vehicle to drive which is something I would under normal circumstances but will address once my health improves. All job searches I found that it was a requirement in mostly all of them. I would embrace attending meetings as this would give me excellent interaction.

 

Job Search London

When finding this job I thought it would be a good opportunity to build my skills in the studio by being a photographer’s assistant, I know that I have relevant skills in being able at the studio and would be able to do this individually but the common practice I would I be the more confident. I would like to understand fashion photography and all the relevant requirements that go into photographing in the fashion genre. I liked everything that was required as an employee as I feel I would be able to manage this successfully. So I match the identified profile desired with the required skills needed and would successfully be able to perform this role.

Job Search Mni LabWhile searching I came across this potential job and expanded the realms in which I would happy to go into fully, it looked very looked interesting and I fill I fit their initial requirements as I’m naturally friendly and have many skills to offer. I feel that I would also be able to work fast paced and feel that I would have an opportunity to gain more insight into studio portraiture. I feel that I am able to work well in computer skills and use Photoshop successfully, I have a strong passion for photography itself. I feel I would be able to manage customer sales or assist in doing so. I would get to photo print and develop film. I feel like I would be able to make photo gifts and print onto canvases or posters I would be able to DVD transfer and also restock. I thought I would be able to manage studio portraiture and do general housekeeping tasks.

http://creativeskillset.org/creative_industries/photo_imaging/job_roles/374_assistant_photographer

whilst I was also looking around other websites I came across the website above which helped me to understand exactly what would be required of a photographer’s assistant and how it would be a great opportunity to build a name for myself but also to gain more skills and required experience if I was to become a photographer in my own right. I would quite successfully be able to go straight into this role after I finish my degree as I have experience in the field though my experience thus far is only for personal use, I feel that I have the essentials in understanding piecing together equipment.

 

 

https://www.prospects.ac.uk/job-profiles/medical-illustrator

I wanted to investigate a medical illustrator’s role I clicked on the hyperlink to a medical illustrator and I found an incredibly helpful section, I was advised precisely what to expect and all the qualifications I may need in order to follow this pathway. The description is ideal and something that I would thoroughly enjoy, there are four categories in which you can be a medical illustrator these are –

Clinical photography;

Graphic design;

Medical art;

Videography.

I thoroughly enjoyed researching medical science as it relates to me on a personal level, however, I also know that I don’t have a qualification in this field and therefore would need a qualification in order to pursue this role but perhaps something I shall look into in the near future.

I like the idea that as a medical illustrator, you’ll be categorised as a healthcare scientist and employed primarily by: hospitals; medical schools; research establishments; specialist publishers.

This is a reliable job and therefore is stable long-term one, this removes the risk factors often associated with a photographic career and is certainly is encouraging as an idea. The website gives you a breakdown of how you are likely to be utilised within the roles these include-

Photographers and video producers are involved with delivering visual records of patients’ conditions, operations and treatments for medical files, education and research.

Graphic designers and artists create artwork for: audio-visual lecture material; corporate publications; leaflets; posters; websites.

I feel like this would be very interesting and reinforces some of the areas that are currently missing from my perception. The role would deliver the desired underpinning and the stimulation would be extremely rewarding for me.

The website also states the responsibilities I’ll face as a medical illustrator. This was extremely helpful to know precisely what I need and how to train, acquire further resources, and learn the skills required for this role.

Taking photographs or films of patients (often concentrating on just one part of the body that has been affected by illness or injury) and process the images or film;

Undertaking more specialised photography, such as 3D imaging or using specialist cameras, to photograph the structures of a particular part of the body, e.g. the eye, photographing the lens, cornea and retina;

Arranging the necessary consent from patients.

Take photographs or films of medical equipment to be used by clinicians for teaching purposes; Photographing hospital personnel, buildings and events for use in publicity materials and use desktop publishing packages to produce materials, such as the hospital trust’s newspaper or annual report; specialise in specific areas of photography, e.g. bereavement photography (photographing babies that have been stillborn or have died shortly after birth for parents to keep in remembrance) or forensic photography (photographing ‘non-accidental injuries’, such as human bite marks); use computers to download, edit and process digital images or films, using software packages such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, or Kodak Photo Desk; manage and train staff at more senior levels.

The Website then includes a section on salary and this works on a banding system the NHS deploy as a structured process, the role starts at a start from a band four for a novice with limited experience and work your way up to a band six once you are more experienced. Bands are as follows a salary starting from – £19,217 and £22,458 (Band 4), rising to £21,909 to £28,462 (Band 5) £26,302 to £35,225 (Band 6) however a head of the department at a university teaching hospital or university medical or dental school can earn around £55,000. This I feel is quite promising as it is stable and is comparable to a successful self-employed photographer.

The working hours are then stated and these range from 37 to 40 hours Monday to Friday and there can be additional hours from time to time. This is only an average working week in the NHS and therefore hours can be rotated to allow freelance projects in your spare time.

The next section is what I should expect, this is extremely helpful as I get to know specifically what I’ll be doing on a day-to-day basis and the kind of skills that would be required of me to acquire.

You will generally work in a team environment, liaising with other illustration staff, medical and healthcare professionals, as well as outside contacts, such as printers.

As well as the technical side, you may work closely with patients, which might be distressing in nature of course.

If you specialise in photography, you’ll spend much of your time working in departmental photographic studios. Graphic designers and medical artists are largely office-based with little or no interaction with patients.

Dress is usually casual, with smarter clothes worn for events. If you are working in a clinical environment, hygiene and protective clothing guidelines must be observed.

A substantial proportion of entrants are women.

Jobs are available in most areas of the UK, wherever there are hospitals, but competition for posts is high.

Illustrators, who do photographic work for a hospital trust, may have to travel to various hospital sites to photograph patients in wards, clinics or operating theatres.

Overnight absence from home is uncommon, as is overseas work or travel.

The qualifications required are listed, how to acquire them and the time frames involved.

Relevant degree and HND subjects include:

 

Clinical photography;

Graphic design/illustration;

Medical illustration;

Photography.

BSc (Hons) in Clinical Photography from the University of Westminster, which is the only full-time undergraduate course in the UK;

Graduate and Postgraduate Certificates in Clinical Photography or Graphic Design for Healthcare from Staffordshire University;

Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Photography at Cardiff University;

MSc in Medical Art and MSc in Forensic Art and Facial Identification at the University of Dundee;

MSc in Medical Visualisation and Human Anatomy run by the Digital Design Studio, Glasgow School of Art;

Postgraduate Programme in Medical Art at the Medical Artists’ Education Trust, which leads to membership of the Medical Artists’ Association of Great Britain (MAA).

It also notified me that I need to have a clinical photography degree I can apply for a position as a trainee and take a one-year postgraduate course in clinical photography whilst working.

I investigated this option and I found a part-time one-year course as a distance learning option which was extremely helpful as a key issue was that the courses shown above were a considerable distance from me. This is something I would like to address on completion of my current degree.

 

http://www.staffs.ac.uk/course/SSTK-06977.jsp

The clinical photography skills sections that I subsequently found are listed below this site was very informative and in order to understand what I should learn in the course but also have already learnt subsequently these include – a genuine interest in the scientific application of your skills and in the treatment of disease; time management and organisational skills; technical and creative or artistic ability; attention to detail and a methodical approach; a sensitive and tactful attitude and the ability to deal confidently with a range of people and quickly establish a rapport with patients or healthcare professionals; an understanding of anatomy and biology; IT literacy, as each specialism involves substantial work on computers, both Apple Macs and PCs; a reasonable level of physical fitness, as you may be required to lift and carry equipment.

The work experience section that follows is also very useful as it tells you how to get work experience and this could be portfolio based on clear, detailed images and you could attend a course on how to get the right style of a portfolio for employers. You could also get this via a course which then informs you that it is highly competitive as a medical illustrator as it is very limited to vacancies. It also then tells you that any local work experience within the hospital would be very useful. This is something I will certainly look to doing in the future.

The following section informs you on where the highest level of are employers normally based; Birmingham; Cambridge; Cardiff; Glasgow; London and Oxford.

The list includes where to look to find relevant jobs in the field.

I found this website extremely useful in structuring exactly what I need to know for the future and where the pathway can lead enabling the means to obtain a job as a photographer in a medical illustrator role.

I also found a job as a forensic photographer and have looked into this is maybe being another future viable option. http://creativeskillset.org/creative_industries/photo_imaging/job_roles/380_forensic_photographer

 

I have a clear pathway of what I would like to do after I complete my degree the research has given me greater insight and broadened my options I had previously considered doing a Master Of Arts in Photography as an original objective was to become a self-employed photographer, I have modified my choices as stability must be an option to be considered in my current health perspective.

 

 

The Future Of My Photographic Practice

What topics interest you, both visual and contextual? and why?

The topics that interest me the most are metaphoric in nature and personal. They are emotive and in relation to health. I found myself interested in taking portraits that unpick body language and facial expressions and use these elements to tell the story.

Visually, I found metaphors to be the most appropriate way of combating my thoughts within a subject as they aren’t directly relating to the subject matter and therefore can be relatable to anyone who has been through anything similar and it enables them to understand what I am trying to portray.

In the contextual side of my work, I am fascinated by a vast array of subjects. I love trying to piece together why things happen and how people adapt to their environment are therefore able to deal with them. I found myself being fascinated by all sorts of natural subjects and the underpinning that manifested within the subject, especially in relation to health and this is something I would like to explore further, I want to build a greater knowledge in this subject and therefore using multimedia in a way that incorporates all the senses and transports the viewer into the experience. I would also like to look into photographer’s essays to expand my knowledge.

 

What particular themes arise from or are dealt with in your work?

In my previous work I have found common connections and links that revolve around some form of health issue, therefore I wish to explore this from an artistic perspective. I like to explore, experiment and look at ways in which I can make them seem abstract yet relatable to any viewer but all with metaphoric attachments for sufferers with similar experiences. I have found different ways of approaching my health concerns contained within my artistic ability all of which have a different concept and eventually changed the outcome but retained the underpinned meaning. They all are exciting for me to create but also therapeutic to create every individual piece.

 

 

What is the link between your theoretical work and choice of research and your practice?

The links between my theoretical work and research do correspond as my research helps me to build a greater knowledge which ultimately impacts on my practice. In view photography I looked into many different theories to analyse beyond photography to determine what it actually means, doing a personal story helped enormously in combining all the senses; enabled the depth of the work to filter through. In the storytelling I explored similar stories that reflected my own experiences and compared experiences with other sufferers of lymphoma, my work also looks at authors work who talk about distress and vulnerability this I found helped the practical side of my work and helped it become more substantial.

 

What approaches do you take to developing your work (consider both practical elements and contextual), in other words what stages do you tend to go through to develop, realise and communicate ideas? Is there a pattern to your process?

Firstly, I developed the background of the concept and how it relates to me on a personal level, how I can work with the concept at an artistic level and then I combined both ideas researched artists that have similar concepts and some that relate to me on a personal level. A lot of the ideas all tend to be sporadic and I’d develop them between working and experimenting with different ideas until I have a final result that I feel is the correct reflection. I find that when I research it strengthens my practical knowledge and achieves the best outcome. I talk to my peers and gain insightful feedback from their opinion, I find constructive criticism helpful and also alternative methods they would perhaps choose and this enables me to consciously manipulate my project into the best alternative outcome. I found through all my work that incorporating this pattern of exploration, trying new ideas and experimentation helps build my knowledge and practical skills until I can fulfil the concept as a personal artistic objective.

 

If you were to assess your approach in both areas, what do you feel works and what doesn’t? and where do you see the need for development?

When looking at both areas due to the sporadic nature of my ideas sometimes I have many different ideas that I want to complete, and have little time to experiment with them, all I would like to experiment with more ideas, but I also know that when I feel an idea is right for me I want to explore every method that an idea can inspire. I would like to look at different mediums in which to portray these ideas photographically, exploring different visions that will give me the best outcome. The issues I have encountered so far have all been something I could improve on as they have all had to correspond to my health and fitting in around my ill-health. In my theatre Oracle work I would like to build my knowledge base by reading a greater number of books in all different subjects, all relating to photography but also philosophy too, as I have found this extremely interesting whilst researching this year. I would like to build my skills in essay writing and in creative writing as I have found this extremely enjoyable. I feel I was able to expand on my practical work and also to correspond with the physical elements of the work as it went hand-in-hand with the work.

 

Where does your work sit in terms of genre and the creative industries? Think about the strengths of your working practices as well as interest – and whether these fit? And why?

The genre of my work tends to be more fine art/ documentary than anything else I approach things in an abstract manner but hoping to be educational for my viewers.  Where I believe this takes me in the creative industry, I hope I will be able to raise awareness in the short-term future and work with companies that incorporate this. I would like to create my own sets and projects in my spare time.  Experimenting with lots of different ideas. I would like to retain the idea of fine art the most and perhaps use other mediums to my advantage in the future projects. I believe inspiration is a personal strong point, therefore I don’t  lack ideas that I would like to pursue and therefore I would like to have supportive assistance myself as a goal in my subsequent career which will allow me to experiment and gain future ideas. I would like to keep with the idea of documenting art and health but also pay attention to science and these I feel harness the power of both. I think that going from different subjects helps to keep the creativity flowing and so that subjects still remain interesting.

 

Where do you see your career heading? In terms of a career pathway in helping support this.

I would like to be an assistant for another photographer short-term and then work in a variety of different photographic pathways as I feel that this will be inspiring to try different things throughout my lifetime. This support will enable me to create a greater depth and focus on building my skill portfolio.

Concept – Metamorphosis Of The Disease

 

The story telling unit is a concept I feel inspired to write, for this unit I would like to recreate the stages of having lymphoma and how I recount those stages: the physiology and emotions, the phases of the emotions and the impact that the diagnosis had on me. I completed the full course of treatment and subsequently was informed that the disease had returned and was now considered to be refractory this resulted in further far more intense treatment. I would like to display this concept as a book format ideally that would juxtapose how theory and practice are not easily predicted; I want to share my journey in all its undulations. I would like the book to be factual and essentially autobiographical in its theme, the stark medical facts and the emotions that are felt.

I would like it to be a visual representation but also incorporating text to support the main theme of the story. This is aimed at the viewer having a greater understanding enabling them to build a greater knowledge of the situation. I’d like it to represent the clinical elements, but I would veer away from this as I would like to change aesthetic so that the story becomes a little more abstract and beautiful but also have a cinematic ambience much like the work of Gregory Crewdson. The inspiration of Gregory suggests to me that I should I feel empowered to use the compositional strategy he uses within his work, naturally this will be on a  much smaller scale due to the timeframe in order to achieve my concept, project. I feel that his ideas are far too ambitious for me to emulate in their entirety. I would also like to expand on the creative aesthetic by using colour in an extremely beautiful dreamy ambience in order to engage the viewer but much like the work of Gregory, I want to underpin the profound depths educate and enlighten the audience. I will use the creative writing element of this unit to reinforce the story and again use the idea of a factual journey but also a deeply personal story providing the backdrop that will build the synopsis of my story. I want to use dark complex metaphors and utilise them visually similarly I want to change the focus slightly to create an abstract feel that creates some beauty and reduces the starkness of the subject matter.

I want to explore many different formats hopefully inspiring me to understand how to use creative writing to my advantage. I hope that it will convey the most effective visualisation of the concept. I shall create many different elements and hopefully, this will help build my knowledge base in understanding what creative writing can add to my photography and how best to achieve the optimum results from this medium.

This body of work will use a studio setup, self-portraiture, varied lighting conditions and different colour spectrums. I shall experiment with these different elements. I will then work on the photographic body in Photoshop in order to create a cohesive visual representation of my story. I want the core elements to comprise different metaphors which will ultimately create a complex narrative enhancing the melancholic theme.