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.

Broken Flowers by Jon Shireman (Photoshoots I’ve loved #20)

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These photos are from Jon Shireman’s “Broken Flowers“. He soaked the flowers in liquid nitrogen and then shattered them for his 2010 series.

What do you think of them? Is it too weird a concept?

All photos from Laughing Squid, click on the photo to go to the webpage

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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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Friday post series #10

Something a little different this week… instead of posting an “I want to do that” kind of post, I’m sharing my “21 Before 22” list. It’s kind of like those “30 Before 30” lists I’ve seen on a lot of other blogs. If this one doesn’t work out (I’m 22 on the 10th of April, 2013), I’m going to transfer these goals and make a 30 Before 30 list instead (seems more do-able;)).

So here goes:

1. Create an inspiration board / mood board. (Already kind of started, I’m collecting inspiring things from magazines and things & keeping them in a file).

2. Create an inspiring studio space. (Ideally this would be a film production studio too, but one can dream ;))

3. Discover new artists / bands

4. Project 365. (Don’t think this is going to get done, I’m bad with that kind of thing)

5. Shoot videos / photos for money. (I gotta eat ;))

6. Make business cards (This has been on my “Future” to-do list for so long…)

7. Start video blogging. (Not so sure about this one, I hate the sound of my own voice….)

8. Design my dream wardrobe

9. Have a mother / daughter day. (Will probably happen at the weekend, so that’s pretty easy)

10. Have a solo exhibition / group exhibition (will happen in February, all going to plan, so eeek)

11. Hang my own photos (Will also probably happen in February)

12. Start graphic design properly

13. Learn CS5 Design Standard. (Getting there…)

14. Cover my bedroom walls in photos

15. Shoot all my camera film (So many rolls….)

16. Make business goals

17. Buy a new camera

18. Start practicing guitar again

19. Make enough money to live comfortably

20. Update CV regularly / keep current

21. Start putting myself forward for projects (need to get over my shyness…)

 

So, do you have any lists like this? What are some of your goals? Do you keep a long-term list or a weekly list? Let me know in the comments

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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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