This afternoon, we had a book binding workshop. Before this, I had done a bit of book binding before but not the kind that we were shown today. We were taught how the make a hard-back A5-sized notebook. It was a great process to learn, definitely a lot easier than I thought it was going to be and something I will look forward to doing again in the forward.
First, we had to split up a piece of A2 paper into 4 sheets of A4. You did this by folded the paper with a bone folder then cut it with a shoe knife. Using the bone folder again, I then folded the paper in half so that I was left with 4 A5-sized folded paper.
2. Once folded all the paper, next the next step was to sew it all together. Putting all the folded paper inside each other and going over the bend with the bone folder, I then marked 3 points on the inside page. Two outer points being a cm a half in and then 3rd being the middle point between the two out points.
3. After making the points on the paper, using the awl I pushed through the paper to make holes. Then began sewing the pages together, starting from the outside-in, created a loop around the bind through the holes.
4. After binding the pages together, it was time to make the cover for the book. Using grey board, I measured it out so that it was the same shape as the booklet but a few mm bigger around the edges and then cutting this out using a craft knife.
5. Next, it was time to stick the book together. Book cloth is used to make the bind of the book. It needed to be a bigger than the length of both the grey board pieces put together and the about half the size of one grey board in width. After cutting out the book cloth, I then measured it against the grey board ready to stick it down, ensuring there was a gap between the hard covers for the bind of the booklet to go in.
6. After sticking the grey board to the book cloth, the next step was using coloured card for in the inside, to stick the booklet to the board so that it was a complete book. Folding an A4 piece of card, I stuck one side to the grey board and other side to the booklet – for each side of the booklet.
The work we were asked to submit for this review was 2 printed A3 versions of the Image Series (one with specific size dimensions – so the Bartender and Geography short courses) and one A3 printed outcome from the movement time project.
My work for submission:
Feedback from review:
liked the Geography short course images – you wouldn’t know it was for the subject of geography though
the graphic strategy for Bartender was really subtle – could see that the high contrast and brightness also linked the images together
thought the colours worked well
Summary of project
Overall, I have enjoyed this project. I used to do a lot of photography so it was enjoyable to get behind a camera and onto photoshop. My favourite part of the project was definitely screen printing as it was something I was enjoyed doing in college and it was great to learn how to do it again. I will definitely try to incorporate screen printing into any future projects. Another part of the project I thought went was was my Image Series (Bartender and Geography). I worked really hard on both final outcomes and I thought they worked really well and it was good to learn some news skills on photoshop.
When created my work for the image series project, there was a photography that we were shown in our constellation lecture, that I was reminded by when making my piece.
Robert Mosse is a photographer who uses an infrared camera that captures the chlorophyll in flora that results in the vegetation being pink in the image. In his piece, Infra, he uses this to capture the war in the Democratic Republic of Congo, resulted in really beautiful landscapes of such tragedy of war. The pink makes the images seem really beautiful and detracts you in what you’re really seeing.
With my work, I was using images of vegetation that were taken using a normal camera, then changing the hue/saturation so that they were pink/purple colours. The idea of using a different photographic technique in photos is really similar to how I’ve edited my image as I’ve taken a photo of something really relatable to Geography, but just by changing the colour slightly, it still has that same link to Geography but it’s not as obvious and it does change the meaning.
I began this project by taking a series of photos I thought fitted the subject of Geography. My initial ideas were urban and natural landscape, bikes and maps. I went around the uni to photograph.
For my idea 1, I had spent quite a lot of time experiment with tools on photoshop trying out different edits and along with the workshop we had right at the start of the Image block (digital screen print) I knew what tools did what and how to use them quite well. So when it came to editing the my pictures, I knew quite quickly what edits I wanted to use. I like the idea of using a completely different colour so I started experimenting with the hue/saturation tool on my images.
Above, this photo was originally green and brown but playing around with the hue/saturation, I came to this colour. I love this image. The colours are beautiful and I like how it’s focused at the front and fades into the back; as with the colours, they’re darker at the front and fade into light towards the back. It’s different and it’s a kind of image you would associate with Geography but I like that as it gives a different light to how to look at it.
Creating this piece reminded me of the work we were shown in one of my constellation lectures by a photographer called Robert Mosse. He uses an infrared camera that captures the chlorophyll in flora that results in the vegetation being pink in the image. In his piece, Infra, he uses this to capture the war in the Democratic Republic of Congo, resulted in really beautiful landscapes of such tragedy of war. The pink makes the images seem really beautiful and detracts you in what you’re really seeing. The idea of using a different photographic technique in photos in really similar to how I’ve edited my image as I’ve taken a photo of something really relatable to Geography, but just by changing the colour slightly, it still has that same link to Geography but it’s not as obvious and does change the meaning slightly.
I applied the same technique to the next 3 images I edited.
When editing photos that had green trees, etc, in them it change the colours to the same as the ones in the image above, but with any image that didn’t have any vegetation in it, it didn’t change colours in the same way. It was frustrating at first as the first two image worked really well but for my final two images I wanted to use a picture of a bike for the one and a building for the other. The picture of the bike had grass in the background but by changing the hue/saturation, it also turned the colour of the bike into a really off-putting green/purple. For the other image, it just changed the colours into completely different colours than the previous two. I thought about just using more images of trees but I didn’t want to that because I found that boring and wanted more diversity within my images.
After playing around with editing techniques I realised that best thing for my to do was to edit the photo I wanted to use as well as editing a photo a trees (into the pink colours I wanted). Once doing this, I then combined the images together, the outcome with the pink colour I wanted with my original photos.
These two images work really well with the layer of pink on top. The 100 x 55 mm image is slightly more subtle but the colours of the strain of grass are strong enough to show the image in that colour. I like the texture in the 55 x 40 mm image; it’s a slightly different look to the other 3 but I think it still works well.
Overall, I’m pleased with this series outcome. I think all 4 photos work well together and have a clear graphic strategy. Photographically, I think they’r really strong and I’m happy with the colour of them. The fact that the subject is Geography would not be known in the photos in itself but I think in context with text around them, I think they would work.
Click on link to see final composition of all the images on one A3 sheet:
Using my ideas of what I could photograph for this project, I decided to do a photo shoot and spend quite a bit of time taking good photographs. I wanted to do a set up similar to how a bar looks, I would have taken photos in a bar but I didn’t have enough time and it would be easier to do it in my flat. Using alcohol and glasses from in the cupboard, and my friend as a model, I took photos of pouring drinks and making cocktails. I used techniques like zooming in, cropping, changing the depth of field and flash. The lighting wasn’t great in the room I took photos in so I knew I would need to rely a lot on editing them.
Once taking my images, I starting to plan how I could edit them to fit the specific size measurements and then took them onto photoshop.
Editing the images
My initial idea was to change the hue/saturation into slightly different colours and make them brighter. I had looked at promotional material for bar’s and most the images were usually really bright and closed up, sometimes blurred, so that was the angle I was initially going for.
The images above are the first lot of experiments with the size dimensions of 280x40mm (I did do others but the files were too big to upload – 1400x200mm). I used images that were taken with out the flash so it was the just the light in the room used to light up the objects. I played around with changing the brightness and contrast, which change how well you could see the light reflecting of the glass. I also change the hue/saturation to alter the colours slightly and also the exposure of the image. My favourite one is the 5th image above because I like how it’s slightly faded; it still shows the reflection from the glass really well and the colours still work, it’s just not as harsh on the lighting so is a lot more pleasing on the eye.
Change in sizes:
There was an alteration in the sizes on the brief. Instead of 1400×200 it was supposed to 140x200mm.
My next set of experimenting, I used images that I had takes using the flash. I used the exactly the same tools to edit the images as I had for the photos I did above.
For the above photo, I cropped it so that the focus was just on the shot being poured. I really like this image because of it being taken mid-action and I like the way the light hits it. Change the brightness and hue/saturation had a completely different effect to what I had done before because it was a much brighter image. I think technically, the images I had taken with flash are a lot better because they are more in focus. Though I like the other images because I think they work well with the colours and brightness, I prefer the images I’ve edited above because they required a lot less editing so shows off the image for what it is rather than having a load of harsh effect on it.
I went further with editing the photo so that there was a really strong contrast in brightness and created a much darker but bright image. Though the effects are really strong, I really like the harshness of the lighting and how you’re led to the action of the drink pouring into the glass. We must have 4 images as part of the series and they have to all follow the same graphic strategy. I think that this technique of changing the brightness/contrast would work a lot better with the other 3 images than the previous editing techniques I had experimented with.
Below are the other 3 images, following the exact same editing technique as the above image.
As a set of 4, I really like the images. I think they work really well as a series as the high contrast of colours and brightness link the photos together. I don’t usually like strong contrasted photos but I think these ones work really well together because of the variation in colour and the different compositions in the photos.
Composing the images onto one A3 sheet was done on InDesign.
Feedback on my work so far.
The composition in the 100 x 55 mm image wasn’t quite right and I was told move it to the right a bit so that you could see the edge of the glass.
I was shown other way I could link the photos together, this being using a thin red line to outline either the whole or part of the image.
I did this to all the images and found they had the same effect:
Such a simple thing using a line around the images but they link a lot better already and there is now a clear graphic strategy.
The composition of the images are put together on the A3 sheet didn’t look right. I was told to change that and also experiment with different colours for the background to see what it would do to the images.
Experimenting with background colour
I didn’t even think of using a different background colour other than white because I thought that it would be too much with the colour within the image, but when I started to experiment with colours it gave a really nice effect to it. My favourite was the orange colour because I was subtle enough to not take away from the image but strong enough so that it exactly enhanced the orange colours in some of the photos.
This morning we visited the Artes Mundi exhibition at National Museum Cardiff. We were asked to select an image within the exhibition write 250 words about it.
The exhibition contained work from the artist Lamia Joreige, a visual artist and film maker who lives and works in Beirut, Lebanon. Her work has a theme inspired by the ways in which she can represent the Lebanese wars and their aftermath and how it continues to effect the people of Beirut.