PHO705: Falmouth F2F

Visit Falmouth, take part in workshops and have work critiqued – at least that was the original intent. A COVID-19 pandemic put an end to F2F for myself.

Some engagement is/was possible through online delivery.

Zed Nelson Q&A (Thursday evening)

It was somewhat strange attending a Q&A for a film premier not seen. Nevertheless, being familiar with the area of London, the subject of the film meant it was possible to get the gist and follow along.

Guest Lecture Jo Coombes

A presentation on carbon footprint and zero carbon shooting or filming.

A selection of slides Jo Coombes from Canvas Lecture

Guest Lectures Saturday Toby Smith

Although aimed at climate change, the subject matter centred on effective campaign communications based on social science or indeed marketing.

The parallel with my project work is taken and guidelines are extracted that may improved the messaging.

Keywords were taken as narrative, authenticity trusted communicators, identity and values and apply to my FMP project.

Another important element to my FMP is with the negative messaging of loss to have a positive for people to switch their emotions to.

Strong stories are about us: our pride and strength. The FMP project is driven thus.

The Principles 1-7 above have an impact on the FMP Project. Initially, Principle 1-5 seemed the most applicable to my messaging but so too does Audience Platform in the FMP project case around Exhibition versus, book or basically the range of ways of going public.

Mention was made of Fairness and this takes me back to a course I attended on Fairness in the Environment presented by Leeds University. This went into a lot more of the principles of fairness and ran as a two-week course.

Guest Lecture Professor Gary McLeod – Iwate

On the subject of aftermath photography, we were shown current research work around connecting with the tsunami torn areas of Japan. Out of respect, we were asked not to record images.

What resonated here in this fast-moving presentation was mention of spatial and temporal subject matter which resonate with my interest in and around photography.

It is always interesting to see Gary’s visuals from Japan as culturally the signs (semiotics) are vastly different from what is seen in Western cultures.

PHO705: Week 19 Reflection

A model is created for the Exhibition space to experiment with layouts. Here is the first building block to start to work with.

Starting to create the exhibition space in a 3D model (Sketchup Pro)

This is a straightforward adaption of the Summer exhibition which had three of these layouts in a C-shaped floor plan. The adaption is from triptychs to a straight run of 6 mounts of 40cmx50cm mount boards.

Each mount stands on parade or is a metaphor for such.

Ultimately, two other rows will be present making a total of three rows and should run parallel so when the viewer is looking at the front row they would see all of the other rows behind as soldiers on parade. The viewer could process as if conducting a parade inspection.

Okay, so the above 3D model as the start and is an enabler. It has already allowed some ideas to try out as to how to best place the work as befits the intent.

More to follow.

On reflection, the exercise to date has demanded practice be gained in using the 3D IMB layout tool SketchUp Pro. This time is an investment for now and for the future.

Ancillary items to add to the space include the facsimile of the exhibition in a box i.e. the portable exhibition, which stands alongside the main exhibition while it is running. Another item to include is the handbound book.

Within the space there will also be two video screens, an audience seating area and a secondary exhibition of outtakes.

Studio equipment on stands has to be added for the somewhat vital daylight balanced lighting.

Print Handling

The philosophy the author is running with is of not being precious about the prints and in fact encouraging audience interaction. I’ve been normalised to the presence of print handling and during the summer exhibition, I encouraged viewers to interact with a couple of exercises being set out. It created a degree of immersion and sat alongside the other media and sound, creating a suitable atmosphere. Overall this makes a kind of performance.

PHO705: International Women’s Day

How does this day have a bearing on this blog? Simply put it is the link to the motherline theme. Motherline is based on the mother’s DNA. Her mitochondrial DNA in particular provides us with the means of creating life giving energy. The associated stability or unchanging structure within family members allows identification with ancestors. This DNA bridges across time for thousands of years. My project bridges just over a century.

When the current project is complete, attention can be turned to other families, to other past events, to be carried forward for future generations.