Thirteen Photos – Exhibition

Thirteen Photos – Exhibition Evaluation

Overall the exhibition was a general success, everyone within the team managed to complete their work to a deadline and we all had great quality images printed and mounted in good time for the show to open. The location aesthetically was very nice, the exhibition boards fit in the room well as well as show casing the engine space as a work room; it was very cultural with a variety of people visiting every day. We all received very good feedback from our work. Although it took a while for us all to become confident in communicating with each other, we all eventually began to work effectively as a team.

There were very little issues for example the geographical location of the engine space was very out of the way and lots of people found it hard to find, there was a lot of preparation put into the exhibition for the images to only be shown for two nights; I believe we may have got a much bigger audience if the images were able to view it for more days. At the beginning of the planning we didn’t communicate well, and I believe this held us back when preparing things like food/drink for visitors.

Organisation, communication and planning

The show ran smoothly, we all met the deadlines we needed to in order to all have images ready to show for the exhibition. We all pulled together when time was running out to ensure we all had our images printed, cut and mounted. The communication was successful between us and external people, such as the engine space owner and the technicians. The social media was also a success and was accessed by all of us, this was something we all had a say in.

Our time planning was quite an issue, we decided on different teams to do different jobs however once these were decided these we didn’t really come back together as a team to discuss what each team had done; other than social media. When we disagreed on things we didn’t really listen to each other, everyone in the group is very strong minded, and this lead to sometimes causing arguments.

Individual

For the images for my shoot I shot them well in advance, this ensured I had plenty of time to decide on my best images and for post-production. I also carried out multiple shoots, of two relatively different genres, to make sure I had a back up plan if one shoot didn’t go as well as I hoped. When I had decided on which images I wanted to exhibition I believe they fit together well as a series, showed of my ability and were ready and printed in good time. Lots of people showed interest in my images at the exhibition, with lots of people taking my business card with them.

The biggest issue I faced was my business cards, as I had spent so much time on planning my shoots and preparing my images I left them to very last minute. Although I was very happy with their outcome, I ended up spending a lot of money on very few cards as I needed to pay extra towards fast delivery. I also changed my mind on which images I wanted to use half way though my planning which held me back slightly.

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♡ Tiana and Sophie ♡

I based my fashion shoot with Tiana and Sophie on their fashion and make-up. My aim for the shoot was to portray the adventurous element of fashion, taking the urban look into a wooded area.

The time of day was important to take into consideration when shooting outside, so that the lighting is the most flattering for the model. I captured these before and after the sun is at its brightest and highest point in order to avoid harsh and strong shadows/lighting.

I imported my images into Lightroom so that I could batch edit all my images in a similar way – this ensured they all fit together as a series of images. Once I had chosen my favourites I did more post-production to these images individually to ensure they were perfect. These final 5 images will soon be printed and displayed our class exhibition.

Feminism

model: rachel andrews

The debate on gender equality – concerning issues such as sexuality and the rape crisis due to the over-sexualisation of the female body – has been ongoing for years. Throughout the 1960’s rape culture was very real, women were trapped in violent marriages and unfair, poorly paid jobs. Second-wave feminism was a feminist activity which began in the 1960’s, mainly in the US, it had then spread around women internationally over the years and ended in the 1980’s. Throughout this time woman were fighting for further equality than had been gained throughout the first-wave; the main view of the women involved in the second-wave was that culture was sexist, still seeing women as the weaker gender whose body was seen as an object.

INSRIRATION

One of the most iconic feminist photographers throughout the 1970-1980’s was Cindy Sherman. Sherman created a series of images named, ‘Untitled Film Stills’, which included self-portraits showing young, beautiful women in stereotypical ways/roles.

Sherman is a photographer whose work, I believe, stands out the most to me throughout this era. Her black and white photography has made a great influence in my ideas on how I want to produce my final images. She has also used herself as her own model, which reflects that these opinions are that of her own as well as those of the women Sherman is playing the role of.

The Studium and The Punctum

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Guy Bourdin – The Estate, Autumn 1979

“Studium – the information which a photographer puts in to a photo to tell a story”

Although I believe Guy Bourdin’s fashion photography is not the most basic photography produced compared to other fashion photographers, I do believe his photos are quite to the point; he has been commissioned to advertise shoes which he has achieved by making them the main focal point. Bourdin uses bright, eye catching colours to grab the viewers’ attention; in relation to colour theory he uses the colours that contrast and sit together perfectly.

This image itself has a pretty simple message, that Charles Jourdan’s shoes are worn by models, however the aesthetic of this image makes it very likeable, his target audience is clearly women however the use of a female model being portrayed in a sexualised manor will also target males who will then in turn purchase the products advertised. Bourdin has chosen to use a ‘perfect’ model, along with the black clothing connoting a sexual message.

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Jessica Ledwich – Monstrous Feminine

“Punctum – the information contained in a photo which provokes an intense personal and emotional response”

The series of images ‘Monstrous Feminine’ were taken by Jessica Ledwich to reflect and exaggerate the struggles women feel they need to put themselves through daily to be considered the perfect female. Inspired by Barbara Creed’s book ‘The Monstrous-Feminine’, Ledwich has explored the view on women from what society expects to see from a woman and from the process which a woman goes through to meet these standards; Ledwich helps to show that all women have flaws, contrary to what they let the public eye see.

The series, this photo especially, definitely triggered an emotional response within me as Ledwich really touches on the reality of the female body rather than over-sexualising or glamourizing it. There may also be an emotional link with husbands/boyfriends/fathers who may watch women go through these struggles. After viewing these images I felt a mixture of anger and upset, as I feel women should not have to feel this however I know exactly how it feels to be put under pressure to be perfect.

Bourdin, G. (2016) Guy Bourdin – Louise Alexander Gallery. Available at: https://www.louise-alexander.com/artist/guy-bourdin/ (Accessed: 3 October 2016).
Ledwich, J. (2016) Monstrous feminine. Available at: http://www.jessicaledwich.com/the-ferocious.html (Accessed: 3 October 2016).