Friday, 26 February 2016

Messing up.

After posting about what I would be doing today I have made a rather silly mistake in preparing my photographs. I have used the wrong kind of glue. It was a late night error where I just wasn't thinking. I was at the time gluing down materials for a mock-up of a thank you card for the second brief. I just got mixed up and carried on gluing the photographs with the same glue. It's not a huge error but that does mean I must re-print and glue the new prints to another set of backing. It unfortunately means I must put off using encaustic medium till tomorrow. I was hoping to get the first set of photographs done today, instead I will be carrying on with the mock up's for the second brief and finishing the technical report. 

Thursday, 25 February 2016


I only have one week till the mid term review. I thought it would be good to get a basic timetable for next week to help me structure the work I need done for the 3rd of March.

Thursday 25th February

Group Critique. 
Digital Marketing meeting.
Website meeting.
1st encaustic photography shoot.
Edit encaustic shoot and prep for Friday.
Start technical report.

Friday 28th February

Use encuatsic medium on printed photographs from Thursday. 
Record process - edit video.
Finish technical report. 

Saturday 27th February

Collaboration meeting.
Write up encaustic results and analyse/review.
Further research based on review.

Sunday 28th February


Monday 29th February

One to one meeting. 
Photography shoot depending on weather. 
Edit, print and prep photographs if available. 
If no shoot...go over PPC and website meeting - start to draw out plans.

Tuesday 1st March

If photographs available - use encaustic medium. If they are no photographs - photography shoot depending on weather. 
Edit, print and prep photographs if available. 
If not able to shoot carry on with promotion brief.
Further research - library/book based

Wednesday 2nd March

If photographs available - use encaustic medium. If they are no photographs - photography shoot depending on weather. 
Edit, print and prep photographs if available. 
If not able to shoot carry on with promotion brief.
Further research - internet/online based.

Thursday 3rd March 

Self written collaboration brief meeting. 
Mid-Term review!

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Journey of a dress.

I'm not into fashion at all. If shooting during London fashion weekend taught me anything, it is that fashion photography is not for me. I do however love Elie Saab. Some of his dresses are breathtakingly gorgeous. The amount of work and effort that goes into making each single dress astounds me.  500px recently did another interview with Von Wong focusing on his shark shepherd photographs. The dresses in the photographs strongly reminded me of Elie Saab. The dress used in shark shepherd series is actually by designer, Ali Charisma. 

10 Experiments.

10 experimental approaches to food photography.

  1. Macro – Close up of food such as mushrooms and fruit. Experimentation similar to architecture in making the food appear to be something else. Or appear in a way you haven’t looked at it before. Question what you are looking at.
Example of kiwi fruit. Photography - daveallenphoto

2.     Warm and full of lots of linens and wood. Gives you the impression of an old farmhouse type of setting. Wholesome meals that would keep you warm. Reminds you of going home, comfort food. Clean and simple layout.
Example/Photographer – Greg DuPree

3.     Architecture – Similar to macro in that you are making the food to appear as something it is not, or to look at it in a new way. Use it to build things – tying in with art section.

Example – Carl Warner food scapes

Example – Lernert and Sander food cubes


  1. Art/Carryong on with 1st year project – Having fun with food – Carrying on my year 1 final project idea. Making food fun for adults and kids. Creating scenes and making pack lunches for kids more interesting. Tie in my other interests through cooking?
Example –Making food fun for kids. Some kids are more likely to eat a smiley face made out of fruit than eat fruit. Photography - Michelle Yam

5.     Minimalistic – Plain and simplistic. Showing the food for what it is, even if it makes it look less appealing. Clean, white backgrounds. Very simple. – Studio work.


Photographer Florent Tanent

6.       Adverts – Having friends and family over for dinner and taking a shot of the food, or people gathered around the table. Taking shots of dinner for magazine spreads. Studio based work. Enough negative space for text.

7. Colour - Using colour to play and experiment with food. Create rainbow like effects. leads back to number 4. 

  1. CGI – Computer generated imagery of food. Scott Grummett lecture notes (Still life seems to be dying and CGI is playing a larger part now as is moving image.)

Dabarti CGI food

  1. Lensbaby – Giving a sense of movement. Possibly use in a market place. Fishermen bringing in catch of the day. Where your food comes from rather than the food itself.

Example – Confessions of a foodie photograph

  1. Phone – Instagram. Photographing your food for people to see and like. VSCO. Phone editing software and effects.
Ana Arevalo / AFP / Getty Images

The five approaches at this stage I will most likely take will be:
1. Macro
2. Phone
3. Architecture
4. Art
5. Colour

I feel using these five I will use a wide range of techniques over the subjects. I will work in both the studio and with natural light. There is a lot you can do with food and I would like to carry on the work I started in year 1’s final project with food.

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Double Entry - Group Critique.

Thursday 28th January

·         Smaller groups – gives everyone more time to discuss work.
·         New people with which to discuss work – fresh take.
·         Worried about having to explain the process and direction my work have taken to new people– What if I am not clear in explaining everything.
·         Plenty of time to go through everything due to longer critique times.
·         Felt like a normal Thursday despite being a panel review.

Monday 1st February

·         Although I think it is good to talk to new people about your work to get a fresh take, I feel overall it is better to have the continuity of receiving feedback from a group that already knows your work. They can spot patterns and opportunities that a person who does not know your work as well as others might miss.
·         Perhaps a little too long for the critique. The group I was with finished before the allotted time was up.
·         Still prefer smaller groups.


I realised today that I haven't written anything about being a PAL. It was something I knew I wanted to apply for after the few weeks of 1st year. The PAL's from second year helped out a lot during the first couple of weeks and I thought it would be good to give back. I had a hard time settling in as a mature student. Not only am I a bit older than some students, but having gone from full time employment back into an educational system took some time to adjust to. I felt like if I could help other students with this issue, or help the process of easing into university life as well as those who need some guidance would be a good use of my experience from last year. I definitely didn't expect being a PAL to be as time consuming as it has been. The PAL's still have regular meetings with the 1st years, the next being the 9th of March. We also sometimes meet up with some students who want to talk or have their work checked over outside of sign ups. I have really enjoyed the experience so far and look forward to the next meeting.