Process #2

My degree project was a book documenting the Irish Diaspora’s journeys from Ireland to England. I photographed and interviewed people in the various Irish centers around London: the London Irish Center, the Luton Irish Forum and the South London Irish Association. The book itself was hand-printed and bound but my bookmaking skills are very lacking! As such, I enlisted the help of my friend Chloe (a 2015 UAL Wimbledon graduate in Print and Time-based Media) to help me fix the binding and structure of the book itself.

Chloe won the Wandle Studio Prize for 2015/16 so she has use of a studio space at Merton Abbey Mills where she runs an “alternative book-makery” called Object Book.

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Original book
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How it stood
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Lying flat

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Attempt at attching the covers

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I attempted to attach the covers and put too much glue on the front
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The binding was too loose so pages would move
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Cutting the binding off each folio
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Placing the first cover
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Sewing the first section
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Tying a kettle stitch at the end
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Sewing the fourth folio to the third with a kettle stitch
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The cross stitch was made by putting the thread through two layers of thread on the folios and making a X shape and tying a kettle stitich
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Exposed biding
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Kettle stitches at the end of each folio

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Flattening in the nipping press

PS: I’m doing photo-book narrative workshops at Object Book on the 6th of August. More details to follow.

And now we return to regularly scheduled posting… Bucket list post #12

The absence over the last few weeks is due to it being the end of the semester and having a million and one things to do. I’ll be back to regular posting next week. (And have a few more images to show, too). This time it’s “Attend Tornoto Internatonal Film Festival“. This takes place every year in September and looks incredible. I’m trying to convince myself that going next summer is a good idea…  The films that won awards at this year’s festival are here. Their Youtube channel page is here, where you can watch trailers and previews.

Have you ever been? Did you like it? Would you go again?

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Bucket list post #9

 

 

Apologies for the lack of posting, I had trouble with my iMac last week and then I was sick for a few days this week but I’ll get back to regular posting from now on! I also made a tumblr so go check that out. I don’t know what I’m going to do with it yet but I’ll figure it out. On to this post: number nine in my bucket list series: photograph the illuminated Eiffel Tower. Everyone should visit Paris at some point in their lives, it’s just one of those iconic cities that everyone should see (also the subject of that incredible Woody Allen film: Midnight In Paris). I’ve been to Paris once before but that was when I wasn’t that much into photography so I didn’t take any photos, I was also very young so I think my dad was in charge of photo-taking duties. I’m looking to go to Paris for Paris Photo in November (if I can get someone to go with!). I’ll get to photograph the Eiffel Tower soon!

 

Monday post series #9: photoshoots I’ve loved

This week on the “Photo-shoots I’ve loved” series is “Wahkan, An Other Afghanistan” shot by French photographers Fabrice Najari and Cedric Houin. This is a series concentrating on Wahkan, a province in Afghanistan. The photographers first photographed their subjects with Impossible Project instant film and then handed them the Polaroid to photograph them again. The photographs of the subjects themselves are in black and white, while the Polaroid is in color. This emphasizes the photograph and, I think, the fact that most of these people have never been photographed before, or have even seen a camera. Adding to this is the fact that in some photos, the subjects are looking away or hiding their faces as though embarrassed or afraid, others stare straight into the lens determinedly.

What do you think of these images? Is it fair that some subjects look physically uncomfortable having their photograph taken and the photographers proceeded with it anyway?

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Friday post series #8: bucket list

Apologies for not posting yesterday, I was out all day. I know that’s no excuse, I’ve missed days before but I think I’ve been pretty good with this, so I should be forgiven :P.
This week on my bucket list post series it’s “complete a photography course”. This will be pretty easy, seeing as I’m interviewing for a photography course in two weeks (I still need a portfolio, eek). But I think I’m pretty confident about it so this might actually get done much sooner than I thought!

Have you ever done a photography course? What did you think?

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Thursday post series #7: updates

 

Apologies for not posting yesterday, I don’t feel very inspired at the moment! I’ll be sure to write a post on what inspires me next week.
So, now on to the seventh post in this series. I’ve been so busy the last few weeks. This week has been quiet (thankfully). I got an interview date for a Photography course (it’s on the 29th) so I’ve tried to put together a portfolio for that, I’m going to get prints tomorrow so I’m nearly finished. I need to plan and shoot one more project and print it and I’ll be finished. Chai Media finished filming Aisling Conlan last week so we need to get editing on that soon! The photography studio where I’m interning asked us to film a promotional video for them so I wrote a proposal for that the other day, I need to edit it and see what they think.

Busyness is good :D

How has your week been?

PS: I followed back all my followers (that’s a mouthful!) to show my appreciation, thank you!

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Tuesday post series #8: videos I’ve loved (Baldwin S/S13 Lookbook)

 

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Not much to say about this really. It’s everything a fashion film / look-book film should be: edgy, focused on the models and clothes and color graded to perfection. Watch and be amazed

 

Monday post series #8: photoshoots I’ve loved

 

Apologies for not posting on Friday. I was mega busy filming and I didn’t have a chance to sit down and write a post. Anyway, without further ado, here’s the eighth post in the “Photo shoots I’ve loved” series (can’t believe I’ve done this for two months already…). This week it’s “Calla Lily” by JP Terlizzi. This is a fine art photography series on a lily (obviously ;)) and it’s amazing. The photographs are lit by a single flash unit and are in black and white. They depict one single lily in a new, fresh, unfamiliar way.

All images from Trend Hunter, click on the image to go to the webpage

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Thursday post series #6: updates

So this week has been hella busy, I’m interning two days a week at The Picture Rooms, learning about marketing, social media and studio photography. I was given media marketing notes from one of the girls who works there (her BA Journalism notes but they’re good for our business!). I need to read them and see if they’re going to be any good, hopefully they can help.
Tomorrow, we’re starting principal photography on our documentary with Aisling Conlan. We were supposed to shoot today but that fell through, we’re shooting tomorrow and Sunday instead. This campaign is going to be so good, I’m really excited to start filming and working on it. Aisling lives in one of the most beautiful coastlines in the country (her house is literally on the edge of cliff!) and that view to the fact that she is genuinely the most humble person I know and you’ve got yourself a good documentary interview!

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