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Hidden Exhibition
January 25, 2010, 11:33
Filed under: Hidden

Here is a photograph of my final exhibition piece in situ. After numerous photographic sessions I edited down the images and printed in A3 format the ones I thought worked best. The experience of setting up the exhibition was most certainly a learning curve, it required a great deal of organisation and dedication from the entire group. My piece needed a space large enough to be shown in the correct composition, which had it’s difficulties. Being on a wall meant that I couldn’t pin my work up and images have become damaged as they keep falling down despite numerous efforts with double-sided tape to keep them up. This was a worry to me as I realise now how much time, effort and careful consideration needs to be given to the presentation of work. Despite the expense the process of mounting my images onto black foam-board added a great deal to my work, it looks a lot more ‘finished.’

Hidden Exhibition Label

‘The notion of ‘non-spaces’ that we encounter in our everyday lives was a concept I wanted to explore in relationship to Hidden. These spaces are often visually quite interesting and can have unexpected beautiful details, and yet because they serve no actual ‘purpose’ we pay them little or no attention. In consequence to this also started to explore the hidden ‘space’ within my recently broken external hard-drive, trying to make use of this now useless object. I experimented with paper manipulations to express this hidden space but without much success. I finally decided to re-approach photography with the concept of framing in mind which I later emphasized with the addition of yellow card. I hope that this aids the viewer in admiring the hidden beauty of the individual shapes that then begin to draw relationships with objects in other images. I feel that the pieces work best as an entirety, with the colour of the central image’s broken yellow torch being mirrored in the surrounding ‘framed’ photographs that then in turn frame the central image.’


Perspective Focus Scan
January 18, 2010, 11:04
Filed under: Hidden

Attempted to use a large A3 scanner, and despite the outcome being interesting, it definitely wasn’t quite what I expected. This was one of the first photos I combined with paper manipulation. Although it’s quite hard to see here the solid black lines that frame the building are in fact made from card sitting on top of the photo. What’s impossible to see is the fact that it’s actually bright yellow card! I like the grainy quality of the scan but feel that my for the exhibition the colour yellow is of great importance to catch the eye and highlight the detail. I also think that I need to have a number of good quality photographs, not just a few, the pieces are stronger together as can explore and compare the highlighted shapes.

‘Don’t think just keep going…’
January 12, 2010, 18:36
Filed under: Hidden

My final tutorial before Christmas left me feeling a bit better overall about my project. I realised that you need to have faith in yourself and keep going in order to discover more. Your head often also needs a break from a project so that when you re-approach it you have fresh eyes once again before you continue. I’d made a few more paper manipulations but didn’t feel like I was making particularly good progress.

Discussion about playing with the concept of ‘framing’ within photographic compositions I found most interesting- cutting out the image to reveal something else, cropping/framing/playing with the quality of black within the rectanges etc. I have since taken further photographs going back  to the ‘non-spaces’ and focussing on the often unfocussed. I’ve printed out a few of the photographs I was most pleased with and think the next step is to re-approach the printed versions and assess the success of each, thinking about further manipulations and various ways of display that might be able to best get across my ideas in the exhibition.