Artist statement

My work explores the change in revolution from the “Cotton Polis” era to what the city of Manchester is like today. Capturing different perspectives and subjects has broadened my range of meanings. From the simplistic to the well thought through, there is a lot to look at in my final images.
It was before my final project that I was interested in documenting different aspects of life and interests. Looking at the masters of the subject field inspires me to work harder and to be as good as the masters.


Overall evaluation

     Final Evaluation

Prior to writing my proposal, I started researching documentary and street photographers that had there own individual style. This opened my mind to different concepts and perspectives that I could use in my project. I asked myself 3 questions, which were; what story am I telling? What is the main focus of the project? And also how will I create a connection between my work and the viewers?

Was my research useful?
Yes, researching a wide range of photographers and other artists, I created a broad range of ideas and perspectives. The research gave me the view of a documentary photographer and how they go about there work. Also researching my main subject in great detail kept me on target, as I knew exactly what my aim was. The biggest inspiration and motivation of the research was looking at the work and life Henri Cartier Bresson, the reason being is that I was aiming for my work to be as good as his. A very big target yes but I feel setting your goals high enables you to work harder to achieve those goals. Overall all of my research throughout my FMP let me open my mind to create interesting ideas and also got me to discover things I never would have even thought about.

Was my project successful and what did enjoy or not enjoy?
Yes my FMP was successful due to my thorough research, extensive commitment and also my final images. From planning when I was shooting to planning days were I would go to exhibitions or just gain ideas from research, I kept the level of the work consistent and at a high level. This project was a big target to set and at times I felt it was to big to complete in the time allotted. However I feel that I have done exceedingly well and have created a very strong and interesting project. Getting myself out and shooting is what I enjoy the most and this project let me do exactly that. Planning in a project like my FMP is not easy to do, as my aim was to go to a location and capture what I thought was relevant to my project. Writing and talking about my work is still not my forte and this is something I still don’t fully enjoy but I feel I am progressing at it.
My initial idea for my images was to capture as many as I could then look through them to see which ones worked together and related to each other. Using my DSLR was the best choice for achieving this as I could review all of my work straight away on the computer, then if needed make minor adjustments on Photoshop and Illustrator. I had an overall look that I wanted my photographs to have, the main components would be; grainy, strong highlights and shadows, subjects to be clear and to all portray my projects theme. I didn’t want to just use a DSLR and make all of the images sharp and clean I used my processing knowledge to give a look that would make them look as if they were taken in the 1960s. This experimentation is visually interesting, shows initiative and creates a peculiar perspective to 21st century documentary photography. Producing cyanotypes, digital negatives and standard darkroom printing were planned at the start of my proposal but as I thought about it more using digital was more efficient and would be the best way to create a body of work for my final presentation. If I were to do this project again I would have expanded my locations and also introduced a more analogue approach.

Throughout this FMP and the course overall I have gained many skills that will help me pursue my goal to have a successful career in photography. From darkroom printing techniques to studio lighting I have progressed hugely. At the start of the course I was unsure as to which field of photography I was most interested in doing, however over 2 years I discovered that documentary and advertising are my strongest styles and also the ones that I create the most motivation and enjoyment from. Looking at a huge range of photographers and artists my knowledge has expanded greatly and I am now in a position were I can create my own projects with confidence. It is simple to take a photograph but it takes time and skills to make a photograph. Learning how to manipulate light and different techniques of producing an image are just some of the skills I have obtained from this course.

Presentation (Final exhibition show)

To present my final images in the end of the year exhibition i will print out my 20 final photographs. I will separate them into 10 sheets containing 2 7×5 images. The reason being is so the images are large enough for the viewer to see and also so i can lay them out like book pages. This will let the photographs tell their story. To give the images an extra edge i will get 2 inch wooden blocks and attach them onto the back of the mounted paper. This will raise them away from the wall and give it a professional finish. I will also label underneath each image the location in which the photograph was taken. The steps needed to achieve this will be to measure the correct size and spaces on Adobe In Design and then load the images onto each page. I will then print them out and mount them onto thick card using photo mount. The final stage will be to measure the correct location of each wooden block and attach it to the card then to where the images will be. I am confident that this will look professional and visually interesting. To give the viewers more insight into my project i will have an audio of industrial sounds playing through a pair of headphones. Also as the images are only 7×5 i will put my portfolio of work next to the headphones so the viewer can look at each image with a closer look.

Presentation (Portfolio of work)

I will be printing out the 20 final images chosen, for the final exhibition to use in my portfolio of work. Size will be A4 and i will print them out on 200-gsm glossy paper at the reprographics centre at Blackburn College. I will then put them into a black box to give it a professional finish. To protect the images i will put them into individual sleeves. Professional, simple and clean will be the presentation key to give my images the best finish.
What do I plan doing after this course?
If a merit is awarded for my FMP I will be going to UCLAN to further my studies in Photography. During and after this time I will be working as hard as possible to get my name out in the industry. Once that goal is achieved I will be doing advertising/commercial work to fund my personal documentary projects, which I will aim to be published and have in galleries across the globe. My goals are very high but I am confident that I will achieve them.

Overall I am very pleased with my FMP and the final work produced from it. I encountered problems such as images being lost and lack of blogging knowledge, however I solved these problems and learnt from them. I feel I could have done more to get this project to a higher level but I am very happy with the amount of work and time put into it. Prior to finishing the FMP I looked at how I could further it by having it shown in a gallery. This is something I am still working on but making contacts already my project will be featured in the (Creative Boom Magazine) over the summer which will hopefully get my foot into the door of the industry.