F I N A L E V A L U A T I O N

During this final major, I struggled a lot with time management due to having a full time job and other commitments taking up a lot of time. During the 6 months, I moved job to try and make it easier to study more and create more time. This did work quite well but it was more towards the end of 2018 that I started to notice how much time I started to have. By that time, I had finished with a lot of the shoots. But I knew that whatever time I did have, I made use of it and got out the most of it that I could physically do. At least I can hands up admit that I feel I have now managed to reach the hours required for this project as I managed to pull it back towards the end and use any unused time I had during lunch hours, I would take my ipad in and work through everything.

However, with all the problems that I faced during the 6 months, I feel that I have created one of the best pieces of work. I have pushed myself out of my comfort zone because I never shot the landscape in person, I prefered to shoot it from the train window. I’ve realised that I could blame my anxiety a bit as I physically didn’t want to get off the train due to unknown locations. I didn’t want to get lost and I always put all the negatives above the positives which prevented me from doing much. The train was my comfort blanket and I didn’t want to leave it. But this project made me explore landscapes more. I felt a connection with the landscape that I chose to to explore which helped me create beautiful imagery in my opinion. I made sure that I was prepared for every possible outcome. If it rained, I had a brolly. If my phone died, I had a portable charger. If my camera died, I had a back up battery. I made sure that there wasn’t a need to panic and often I found that I could just put my headphones in and completely forget about the world around me and any problems in my head.

I also found the printing outcome was completely different to what I was used to because I often created books for the projects so having to consider image sizing and framing was completely alien to me. But I absolutely love the images in the frame. I had a complete blonde moment and thought the framing board in the images was portrait and wouldn’t work for my images but when it came, I realised it did but the boards didn’t fit with the images as the calculations were different. But even without the boards to frame the images, they look really professional. The frame that I chose to go with looks sleek and expensive. I didn’t want a tacky frame as I knew it would lessen the quality of the images.

In all, I feel like this project has pushed me further than I could have imagined. And I really do feel like it’s my strongest work yet. I’m usually someone that’s grade orientated but I don’t think anything could dampen how I feel about my work. I created work that I wanted to create and all of the research that I’ve done has been an enjoyable experience and I’ve learnt so much.

Final Outcome

R E F L E C T I O N

This was the final outcome after it all framed. We didn’t measure the photo border that came with it so I couldn’t use it but I don’t think that mattered as the layout used still looks professional. The frames are quite slick and stylish and compliment the colours in the images and balance out the dark hues.

Black And White Test

Something I noticed when reflecting back on a lot of my research, I liked a lot of black and white photography. So with that, I decided to have a look and see what the triptychs would look like if they were in black and white. Overall, they did actually work quite well but I felt that the colour aspect of the triptychs stood out more. I feel like the black and white would have worked better if they were blew up to perhaps A2 and only had a selection of images. It might be something I would consider if I choose to sell the images on and have the option of both colour and black and white as they set of a different sense of mood in the black and white. They reflect a moment in time, which is quite exciting as you can’t always tell when the images were taken especially since there is no modern aspect to it so it would keep you guessing. But like I said, colour is the way forward and it shows that the colour aspect has been considered more during the process.

Frame Issues

As soon as I placed my order for the frame, I got an email and a phone call advising me that there were only 2 frames in stock. Sarah advised me that it would take weeks to get a new one and might not come in time for the deadline. So she called off and went on a hunt for me.

Luckily, she informed me that they were due a delivery of that frame the following week. She informed me it should then arrive after christmas just before January giving us plenty of time.

Triptych Layouts

R E F L E C T I O N

So finally with the frames on order, I decided to create to draft triptych layouts as I knew Steve was creating the actual one for the outcome. When creating the layout, I used a 20x60cm layout with a 3 cm border on each side, and a 2cm border between the photos.

I created a total of 8 triptych layouts. There were 5 that were the pre-final ones and the other 3 were ones that I played around with. When creating the triptych’s, I had already created them using printed images, so I knew which images I wanted to go with each. When laying them out with paper, I knew which ones that I instantly wanted to be the final images as they were strong images and they created really strong sets. The other 2 pre-final sets, I just felt weren’t strong enough compared to the other 2 sets which is why I decided not to create them. I will however print mock-ups of those 2 sets for the hand in espeically to show others my decision.

E X T R A S E T S

P R E – F I N A L 5 S E T S

F I N A L 3 S E T S

The following day…

Dropped off negatives to palm labs before work 7:30am.

I went back to labs after work at half 3 and spent an hour and a half editing the pictures with Steve to get the right colouring. Changed the frame last minute to 20 x 60cm as after seeing one set at 9×6’ I felt like it was showing too much grain and wasn’t as clear so thought smaller images might be better for the image. Thinking 6×4 as some images were grainy which would be down to the place I got the film developed as the cameras settings were all correct. Since the pricing for the pictures half to £16 per one, decided to spend more money getting the right frame.

I left Steven with the images as he said he wanted to go through the again and make sure the colour tone was correct. I will be picking up the final images on 19th December which gave him plenty of time and myself to do a few edits.

Frame Research

Frame: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Gb-Eye-Ltd-FMPNA1BK-Panoramic/dp/B003R8EA62

Frame:https://www.therange.co.uk/home-furnishings/picture-frames-and-wall-art/picture-frames/triple-deep-box-photo-frame/

Frame: https://www.ikea.com/gb/en/products/decoration/frames-pictures/olunda-picture-sunrise-art-00421977/

Frame: https://www.habitat.co.uk/bacall-multi-aperture-dark-stained-picture-frame-60033

Frame: https://www.therange.co.uk/home-furnishings/picture-frames-and-wall-art/picture-frames/mounted-box-panoramic-photo-frame/

Frame: https://www.dunelm.com/product/essentials-grey-multi-aperture-frame-1000091335

Frame: https://www.best4frames.co.uk/products/nielsen-gallery-junior-matt-black-r560521

These are a few frames that I found. Each of them were different sizes as I couldn’t decide what size I wanted until I found the frame by best 4 frames.

I did ask my fellow MA Photography Facebook group some help regarding frame colours:

It’s a black frame that’s made with aluminium and a glass panel frame. I feel like this frame would really compliment my work as it’s not too thick and make frame the landscape images quite nicely.

Palm Labs

https://www.palmlabs.co.uk/

After the university lecture, I decided to head straight to the one place that I know could print the images. I had emailed previously in the lecture to give them a heads up so that I wasn’t wasting a journey.

On the route to Palm Labs, I decided to do a quick research on frames so that I could walk in with some ideas.

I found this frame on Amazon that I thought could work quite well.

When I turned up to Palm Labs, Steven knew instantly that it was me that he was emailing and was very goos at listening to what I wanted and giving me advice. I showed him the triptychs that I wanted to create and we drafted up an example using some spare card he had laying around with some 9×6 image sizes. I was a bit apprehensive using a such a large image size, so Steven suggested dropping off the negatives so that he could scan them in and print them out for me to review after I finished work. He also informed me that if I was happy with it, he would then take the negs, scan them all in and do that layouts and editing to my specifications. Which for me was a massive weight of my shoulders if I went with him

He quoted me £96 for the size that I inquired about. So now I’m currently identifying the negs for the images that I wanted to use to save Steven the hassle of going through over 20 rolls of film.

Triptych Research

T R I P T Y C H

A triptych is a painting made up of three sections. Such constructions are usually made of two ‘wings’ or ‘shutters’ attached to either side of a central panel. 

Sometimes the panels are hinged so that the wings can be closed to protect the major image painted in the middle.

The scale of triptychs varies enormously; they range from small works for domestic devotion to major altarpieces

(Credit to: https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/paintings/glossary/triptych)

[Image Credit: https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=triptychs&client=safari&hl=en-gb&prmd=isnv&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjw4dju0N7fAhVWUhUIHXcuAkkQ_AUoAXoECA0QAQ&biw=551&bih=682]

Triptychs are often used from my understand to show 3 images of either the same image but broken into 3 or the same moment in time from 3 different points.

[Image Credit: https://www.davidwilsonphotography.co.uk/product-category/triptychs/]

These are some examples of triptychs used by photographers. They do work quite well if the imaging is right.

[Image Credit: https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=triptych+photography&tbm=isch&ved=2ahUKEwiI_4eh0d7fAhUDIhoKHQFmAEEQ2-cCegQIABAC&oq=triptych+photography&gs_l=mobile-gws-wiz-img.3..0l3j0i5i30l2.6566.12813..13251…1.0..1.226.1988.33j0j1……0….1…….5..0i8i30j0i13j0i13i5i30j0i67j35i39.W4bAeXZu7rE&ei=wdM0XMiaGYPEaIHMgYgE&client=safari&prmd=isvn&biw=551&bih=682&hl=en-gb#imgrc=i54ZKOkOtL3OBM]

Here are some examples of framed triptychs that work quite well also. I knew this would be a great challenge for me especially with layouts. But I had to make sure that the images chosen for each of them was strong enough to pull them off.