Clive pointed me towards the late 70’s British road movie Radio On by Christopher Petit, so I’ve watched it and I can see exactly where he was coming from. It’s quite a bleak, depressing and ultimately mundane film, but it was strangely interesting as a means of sequencing together events and encounters that are really quite random although also intrinsically related. I’ll certainly bear it in mind as an option for my own narrative…
I’ll leave it at that for now.
So that’s an idea of how the book looks, here’s the sequence of the images - just putting them on here doesn’t really give you the idea of sequencing and any white spaces included - whilst many of the pages are a 2 page spread (and it’s more the 2 page spread that I’ve been working on, rather than the overall sequence), some have a white page facing. But anyway, here’s the chosen sequence arranged in the spreads (line breaks there to guide… )
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Now, I’m aware some of these may come across as being a bit obvious, others forced or even obscure, but that’s the point of a trial run, isn’t it?
Anyway, I’ll be writing some notes during the week, and hopefully printing the images out next weekend ready to post in to Jose.
In the feedback from the 3rd assignment, it was mentioned that the rural gatherings thread was the most developed, and whilst I’ve added a few more images in this assignment, these were taken back when I took the rest - there hasn’t been any more festivals over the winter months, although I am expecting them to start up again in the not too distant future.
The landscapes have been a funny one, with my thoughts being pinged this way and that by reading various things, from Liz Wells’ Land Matters to Edgelands by Paul Farley and Michael Symmons Roberts (admittedly, I haven’t made huge inroads into that one though). What I’ve done has also been affected by starting to use the digital Hasselblad (which may be going back to the shop - the dynamic range seems very narrow) - the camera imposes a different way of working because it demands the tripod and also the square format. I’ve selected some Hasselblad images in this set of images, although I’ve cropped them to suit the format of the other images. For some I think this is fine, for others I think the photograph loses a little something. Using them square may be too much of an odd thing within the context of the other images though - a question for the assignment notes perhaps.
Something else I’ve done is a trial book layout, it seems ok to be honest, and I’ll post something in another entry. My problem has been that I didn’t save the file in its finished state, so only have a paper copy. I’ll put the sequencing of images in the post though, and the images come from both assignment 3 and 4 - it will change with the addition of images for assignment 5 too. I suppose that knowing this means that some of the images might be considered filler, or I prefer to think that I’m leaving a door open to explore different opportunities before the final edit...
Anyway, without much more ado, and as previously, without much thought for sequencing here (I’ll leave that to the subsequent post), here are the selected images.