MOCK EXAM GUIDANCE

Mon 5 – Wed 7 Feb: Class 13A + 13B
15 hours controlled test
Photography classroom + Photography studio

DEADLINE: LAST DAY OF YOUR MOCK EXAM
ESSAY > PHOTOBOOKS / FILM > BLOG POSTS

IN PREPARATION FOR MOCK EXAM MAKE SURE THE FOLLOWING IS READY BY THE END OF THIS WEEK:

  1. Complete and proof read essay draft this week (so there is enough time to make final corrections and incorporate it into book design in Mock exam.) 
  2. Upload new photoshoots and edit in Lightroom – make sure to produce blog posts showing selection process and experimentation of images.
  3. A draft layout of your photobook/ rough cut of film edit before your Mock Exam begin (that time is used to fine tune design with teacher’s approval)
  4. Review Checklist on blog for overview of work that must be completed.
  5. Go through Go4School Tracking Sheet (sent in email on 17 Jan) and improve, complete and publish missing blogposts.

Structure your 3 day Mock Exam as follows:

DAY 1:
Essay: Complete essay, incl illustrations, referencing and bibliography + publish on blog. Essay also needs to be added and presented at the end of your photobook)

DAY 2:
Photoshoots/ recordings: Complete editing images or recordings for your photobook / film + produce blog posts showing selection process and experimentation of images. Use a combination of print screens + annotation. Write an evaluation about what went well and what you need to do next to develop your shoots and project.

DAY 3
Photobook/ film: Complete photobook design/ edit film + produce blogpost showing design process and evaluate. Produce a blog post showing layout and design process using a combination of print screens + annotation.

Prints: Select final prints and produce blog post showing presentation ideas and create mock-up in Photoshop and create a virtual gallery. Make sure you save final images in print folder here by end of the day:

M:\Radio\Departments\Photography\Students\Image Transfer\YR13 PRINT FOLDER NOSTALGIA

Blogposts: Finish and publish any missing blog posts as per Checklist and your Go4School Tracking sheet.

ESSAY
Publish final essay as a separate blog post with illustrations of key works by artists and your own images analysed in your text, as well as a bibliography listing all literary sources used. Also incorporate essay in the back of your book using layout in text columns and include illustrations and bibliography.

Marking Criteria

PHOTOBOOK
Make sure you have a made a blog post that charts your design decisions, including prints screens of layout with annotation and write an ongoing evaluation. If you complete it; final book design must be checked and signed off by teacher.

For more help and guidance editing, process and evaluation go to blog post below.

SPRING PLANNER: PERSONAL STUDY | 2024 Photography Blog (hautlieucreative.co.uk)

BLURB – ORDER BOOK
Inside Lightroom upload book design to BLURB, log onto your account on their website, pay and order the book.

Consider spending a few extra pounds on choosing better paper, such as Premium Lustre in check-out, change colour on end paper or choose different cloth/ linen if needed.

FILM
Make sure you have a made a blog post that charts your editing process, including prints screens with annotation and write an evaluation. If you complete it; final film must be checked and signed off by teacher.

For more help and guidance on editing, process and evaluation go to blog post below.

Film Editing

Export final film as mp4 file and upload to Youtube / Microsoft Streams and embed on Blog. Follow these steps:

  1. In Premier: Click on Sequence > Render IN/OUT
  2. File > Export > Media
  3. Export Settings: Format H.264
  4. Output Name: use title of your film and save to V:Data drive
  5. Click Export at bottom
  6. Using Microsoft Stream: Open up Office 365
  7. Go to All Apps and select Stream
  8. Create > Upload Video
  9. Browse to upload your exported film from V:Data drive
  10. Write a short description, choose thumbnail and publish
  11. My Content > Videos > embed film into Blog post with evaluation.
  12. In Youtube: Set up an account at home (www.youtube.com)
  13. Click Create (top right corner) > Upload video
  14. Select file > your exported film from V:Data drive
  15. Write a short description and choose thumbnail
  16. Once uploaded, embed film into Blog post with evaluation.

BLOGPOSTS
All blog posts in relation to the above must be published, including any other supporting posts missing from previous work modules since the beginning of Yr 13 academic year, including zines which must be printed & bound, Hockney ‘joiners’, 3D photo-sculpture and final prints.

See previous student, Stanley Lucas as a guide on blogposts that needs to be done and published before you the end of your Mock Exam.

https://hautlieucreative.co.uk/photo19al/author/slucas08

EVALUATION: Upon completion of photobook/ film and presentation of prints make sure you evaluate and reflect on your learning and final outcomes. Comment on the following:

  • How successful was your final outcomes (book, film, prints etc)?
  • Did you realise your intentions?
  • What references did you make to artists references? 
    comment on technical, visual, contextual, conceptual?

FINAL PRINTS
Select your final prints (5-7) from photobook/ film and make a blog post showing ideas about how to present them.

In photoshop produce a mock display (create new document size A1: 594 x 841mm) using different image sizes, for example: A3 x 2, A4 x 2, A5 x 3

PREPARE AND SAVE IMAGES FOR PRINTING:

  • Add your images to the print folder here…M:\Radio\Departments\Photography\Students\Image Transfer\YR13 PRINT FOLDER NOSTALGIA
  • Complete any unfinished work from last term if you have time, For example: select images for print form Zine and My ROCK project.

File Handling and printing...

  • Remember when EXPORTING from Lightroom you must adjust the file size to 1000 pixels on the Short edge for “blog-friendly” images (JPEGS)
  • BUT…for editing and printing when EXPORTING from Lightroom you must adjust the file size to Short edge for “high resolution” images (JPEGS) like this…
  • A5 Short Edge = 14.8 cm
  • A4 Short Edge = 21.0 cm
  • A3 Short Edge =29.7 cm

This will ensure you have the correct ASPECT RATIO

Ensure you label and save your file in you M :Drive and then copy across to the PRINT FOLDER:

M:\Radio\Departments\Photography\Students\Image Transfer\YR13 PRINT FOLDER NOSTALGIA

For a combination of images, or square format images you use the ADOBE PHOTOSHOP NEW DOCUMENT + PRINT PRESETS on to help arrange images on the correct size page (A3, A4, A5)

You can do this using Photoshop, Set up the page sizes as templates and import images into each template, then you can see for themselves how well they fit… but remember to add an extra 6mm for bleed (3mm on each side of the page) to the original templates. i.e. A4 = 297mm x 210 but the template size for this would be 303mm x 216mm.

Making a Virtual Gallery in Photoshop

Download an empty gallery file…then insert your images and palce them on the walls. Adjust the persepctive, size and shape using CTRL T (free transform) You can also add things like a drop shadow to make the image look more realistic…

The Photographers' Gallery - Gallery - visitlondon.com

…or using online software

How I did it:

Step 1: Go to www.artsteps.com

Step 2: Sign in / up.

Step 3: Create.

Step 4: Create your own location or choose a template.

Step 5: Upload your images, put them in your exhibition, name it and give it a description.

Step 6: Present / view your Exhibition.

Film recording

My first shoot with Jamie was down at the track and we did our interview questions, where i gave Jamie free range on his answers allowing him to dive deep.

For Shoot two we went into the gym and got a few rushes of him doing a weight training session to use as dynamic shots in the the film.

Then for the final shoot we went down to the track and filmed him doing a training session and interacting with his coach, i believe this shoot was where i could gather the best shots.

Analog Photomanipulation

I used archive images I found from my childhood in Scotland; In response to the work of Carolle Benitah I used a needle and thick embroidery thread to add designs to the photos. I chose to use a thicker thread as too stand out more.

I tried to keep the following motifs present throughout the entire project : Birds, rabbits, and the ocean. I tried to keep the red and blue colour coding consistent throughout as I wanted red to represent distance both physical and within relationships.

Stitched waves

Rabbit stitched onto my grandmas old recipe.

personal study final prints

1:

For my first final piece, I printed out one of my images on A3 glossy photo paper. I then used a piece of thick black card and began measuring the size of my images and of he card to be bale to cut out a ‘window’ in the card. Once I had cut the card out, I placed my image facing down on the back of the card and use masking tape to hold it in place. Overall I am very happy with how this piece turned out at it is very monochrome and the window mount makes the image become a final piece.

2:

For my second final piece, I did the exact same process as my first final print. However, this time my image on A3 glossy photo paper, had a white boarder which I decided to keep on as it separates the image from the black window mount. Again, I am very happy with how this piece turned out and this the whit boarder make my piece stand out.

3:

With my third final piece, I decided to do something different. Once I had my image printed out on A4 glossy photo paper, I stuck it to white foam board with spray mount and then trimmed it to the right size. I decided to leave a white boarder on this one as the image is in black and white meaning the boarder breaks it up more. After this, I used double sided tape to mount it onto a piece of black card to complete my final piece. I like how this piece turned out, however I think it is quite simple which it less bold.

4:

For my fourth final piece, I printed out two of my images on A4 glossy photo paper. I mounted these two images with spray mount onto white foam board however, as these images were in colour, when I trimmed them, I did not leave any boarder. After this, I used double sided tape again to mount them onto black card. I am very pleased with how this piece turned out as I think the colours in my two images contrast nicely with the black card, making my images engaging.

5:

For my fifth and final print, I printed out three of my images on A5 glossy photo paper. I then took another piece of black card and measured my images as well as the card to make the cut outs perfectly spaced and even. Once I had the areas to cut out measured I used the knife and ruler to cut the windows out. Finally, I used masking tape to places my images in the windows. Overall, I think this is my favourite final piece. I think the window mount works very will with my images and the colours that the three images contain go well together. As a whole, I am very pleased with all of my final prints and think they turned out well.

PHOTOSHOOT THREE

How does this photoshoot fit into the theme: Observe, Seek and Challenge?

Alongside my visual response to Cindy Sherman’s work I created some other images. I wanted to explore something that relates to me and femininity, however I wanted to fit the theme observe, seek and challenge. The way I did this was I decided to explore my childhood and specifically ballet which I used to do. I wanted to ‘seek’ and focus on simply ballet pointe shoes (to start off with), this then allowed me to be ‘challenged’ as I had to experiment with different ways to photograph the shoes, I wanted to try make something that started off looking simple to then making them look interesting. The main way I achieved this was by playing around with the ribbons attached to the shoes, I also took advantage of the fact I had two pairs meaning I could create composition by adding and taking away shoes and lastly making sure I used different locations to show me observing my surroundings.

Improvements to be made and developed into this photoshoot:

To expand and diversify this photoshoot i am going to continue creating images surrounding this topic of dance/ballet. As so far i have only photographed the shoes as an object on their own, i aim to make images where it involves peoples silhouettes. For example, acting out/ standing in a position which links to ballet, this could mean simply extending, bending legs. When photographing this i will make sure the subject (person) is dark to highlight the silhouette and specifically focus on the outline of the legs – you can find pictures like this in the girl on girl book. Not only will this relate to my ballet theme for femininity/ nostalgia it will also fit perfectly in with Observe, seek and challenge as I’m taking a small subject (ballet) and seeking deeper ways to present this in photographic forms so not just the shoes but the actions/movements which come with ballet. I will take this images in several different settings including random fields, cliff paths and mainly unique locations which would make the image look slightly unusual with the silhouette in the middle.

BALLET SHOES – OBJECT SHOOT 1/2 OUT OF PHOTOSHOOT THREE

CONTACT SHEET:

Around 60 images, 4 different location settings/backgrounds.

First location images:

Selecting and rating best images out of these 8 ^ :

Second location images:

Selecting and rating best images out of these 17 ^ :

Third location images:

Selecting and rating best images out of these 9^:

Fourth location images:

Selecting and rating best images out of these 22^:

Other experimenting:

Don’t need to colour code these as I like them all.

BEST IMAGES FROM PHOTOSHOOT THREE:

Photobook – Final Images

Abandoned –

I wanted to capture the overall gloominess and decay of these buildings, I think I did an excellent job on portraying that. The photos, however, didn’t come out as good as I wanted them too. Lots didn’t have great clarity or quality, but that’s mostly because those ones I took on my iPhone. Next time I will strictly use my camera.

Fort Regent –

I like the luminous, spacious and overall empty and quiet these images appear to be. Something I made sure to feature in these images, to reflect how the fort really is these days. I like the lighting, angles and rule of thirds I used when taking photos of the empty corridors.

Overall I think I did an okay job. I wasn’t too satisfied with my final outcome because I never even started on the other photoshoots I said I would do. The main reason was because I was never really engaged or interested in these things, which is a terrible starting mindset, especially for me. As said earlier, most photos were taken on my phone because I just couldn’t work with my camera and get it to work the way I wanted it too. Next time I will have a fresh minded approach and stick to one device for taking photos, as it makes it much easier to do and produces much higher quality photos.

ESSAY

In what way have Latoya Ruby Frazier and Alessandra Sanguinetti explored the notion of family history and childhood memories as a method of understanding identity and self-expression?

“Photographed images do not seem to be statements about the world so much as pieces of it, miniatures of reality that anyone can make or acquire.”  
Sontag, S (1977), On Photography. London: Penguin Books 

Photographs are a way of documenting and capturing moments in time to preserve them. This quote by Susan Sontag highlights, how although this definition is true, photographs cannot always capture the whole truth. Capturing special moments with photography to look back on allows us to gift ourselves a nostalgic feeling. So, in my project, when revisiting elements of my childhood and family, I will thus be creating a nostalgic feeling for myself. Although I cannot recreate these special memories, I can show aspects of what my childhood was like as well as expressing certain emotions through my work. My project is focussing on my childhood and upbringing, while also acknowledging my heritage. I want to do this as I believe this will communicate a sense of self. By taking inspiration from previous projects (home, identity, etc) I will be taking portraits of family and photographs of significant objects, as well as occasional landscapes. My personal study will explore my dual nationality, portraying both my English and Madeiran heritage from each of my parents.  

I will be comparing the works of artists Latoya Ruby Frazier and Alessandra Sanguinetti. During my research, I found that I liked their styles of photography. They both capture inspiring photographs of their family, creating a combination of both classic and environmental portraits. Latoya Ruby Frazier’s work is typically in black and white which I arguably find more incising and meaningful. By stripping a photograph of its colour, it allows the viewer to gaze more deeply into it and its potential meanings and story being presented. She also captures occasional objects and landscapes in her work which are significant to her and her story. Whereas Alessandra Sanguinetti’s work is predominantly in colour, expressing life and emotion through her photographs. Both artists create a mixture of both documentary and staged images. I wish to compare these artists throughout this essay while addressing themes of identity and self-expression. By studying these artists, I can explore how childhood memories influence these themes and allow myself to explore this throughout my personal study project. 

I created a collection of photographs while in Madeira over the Christmas holidays, capturing familiar landscapes from trips when I was younger, like family homes for example. I also captured few pictures of family, street photography, environmental portraits, etc in a documentary-type style. Originating in the 19th century, documentary photography is said to “show, in an informal way, the everyday lives of ordinary people and the photographer’s goal was to bring the attention of an audience to the subject of his or her work”. This is an effective method of photographing this part of my life, in Câmara de Lobos. This is because it communicates to the viewer that I am documenting part of my family heritage as an attempt at self-expression and to explore my childhood memories of being with family in Madeira. I conducted some more photoshoots upon returning to Jersey; trying to capture the family I have on island. However, although some images were documentary, I captured these portraits in a tableaux style. Tableaux photography offers a “much more oblique and open-ended description of something that we know is significant because of the way it is set up in the photograph”. This was important to me because while I care for my family in Madeira, I do not see them as often as my family in Jersey. Therefore, through tableaux style photography, I captured photographs of my family to portray how significant they are to me and how they have shaped me as a person. It was also to show that I have an element of control over my life currently and can shape future memories but cannot manipulate past childhood memories. By creating a photobook for my project, it allows me to establish a storyline throughout the series of images and show the progression of my life between these two places significant to me. I have divided the images with occasional double page spreads which add a pop of colour to my photobook. One significant photograph is one of the natural pools in Porto Moniz, which I used to signify me travelling across from Jersey to Madeira which demonstrates the separate aspects of my life. I have also incorporated other themes like religion, which is especially important to my grandparents. This will create the story of my identity, showing my family, to capture the essence of having my dual heritage. 

Latoya Ruby Frazier uses her work as a vice to preserve ideas of labour, gender, and race in aspects of industrialism. Her first publication ‘The Notion Of Family’ aimed to portray how she, as well as her mother and grandmother, survived environmental racism in her hometown of Braddock, Pennsylvania. By focussing on her hometown, Frazier addresses childhood memories through her work. She reflects upon her life through these images to share a personal and potentially sensitive aspect of her life. This communicates an aspect of her identity to viewers as well as an element of self-expression through her work. She took inspiration from Gordon Park’s idea of using a camera as a “weapon” against racism, showing how her use of documentary and tableaux photography methods have created a collection of influential images. Frazier offers an insider’s perspective into her chosen topics of race, industrialism, and more. Opposed to an outsider’s perspective which arguably holds elements of depthlessness, anonymity, banality, and mechanical reproducibility. An insider’s perspective allows the photographer to deeply connect to their work and to create better outcomes altogether. In addition, because her own family was part of her project ‘The Notion Of Family’  and it was a reflection of herself, it allowed her to give her photographs a deeper meaning and understanding. The process of image making is also a lot more effortless as the subjects become comfortable in front of the lens when having a close, trusted family member creating the images. 

Alessandra Sanguinetti aims to capture the essence of youth, and therefore nostalgia in her work. This is portrayed through her project ‘The Adventures of Guille and Belinda and The Enigmatic Meaning of Their Dreams’ which follows the cousins Guille and Belinda through the countryside of Buenos Aires. Her documentary approach aims to

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