This final part of the blog reflects on what is now my ‘Zemni’ voice. It revisits, takes stock, refines and further extends my work around subjective and objective ‘documentary of place’.
See Personal statement revisited for my reflections on where I am now in relation to my aims when starting the course and reflections on ways to present the various aspects of my practice in different media to different audiences.
Most of my work for this module has focused particularly on photography-based media: digital photography, digital illustration and photoscreen printing. I have explored and developed my creative process – the choices I make in terms of what I want to communicate and how I establish that and how image design and technical aspects of the particular medium can enhance that communication. I have also tried to reconnect with some of the more beautiful, funny and light-hearted aspects of life, as well as dealing implicitly or explicitly with some of the serious social and environmental issues we face in England as well as in countries like Philippines.
I summarise my conclusions about the best forms of presentation/ changes I still need to make and implications for my Creative Process and outline further possibilities to reach a wider range of audience and also markets whilst still maintaining my social and political voice.
5.1 Edges Revisited 2: finishing my work
In this final module I start by reviewing the bodies of work from Assignments 2 and 3 on Cambridge, East Anglia and Cornwall from Assignments 2-4 in the light of tutor and audience feedback. I focus on finishing off the most promising work so far as:
- photographic and/or screenprints for cards, art prints or posters
- on-line web galleries and/or photo-books and/or animated slideshows.
The process of finishing and reviewing this work can be found on the relevant original portfolios on this blog, and the final outputs on my professional Zemni SMUGMUG site.
Screenprints, black and white photobook and on-line presentation. Approach local markets.
On-line photogallery for Carnival in Martin Parr style. Screen presentation and cards from Aldeburgh Morning Light and on-line presentation in Premiere.
On-line photogallery and Photobook of ‘winter seaside images’ from Hunstanto in Norfolk. Using what I have learned about colour photography and colour styles in Lightroom and Photoshop.
2.2.4 Going North: Lake Sublime
2.2.5 Going North: Dark Peak
3.1 Life in Orange and Blue
Prints in gelliplate and other print media.
3.2.1 Travels on a sidesaddle
Adds more from descriptions of Lake and Peak Districts and Cambridge.
3.2.2 Dark Fairies
3.3 Love and Other Islands
Develops my captioned photos from St Ives into a Photobook together with new images from Cambridge, East Anglia and Lake District.
A3: Teetotal Street the movie
A4: Journeys through the Land of DU30
5.2 Journeys revisited
This second part revisits other work from earlier degree and personal development courses in the light of reflections, skills and audience responses in this module. Taking work on journeys not so far included in my work for this module, I produce mixed media sketchbooks, photobooks and on-line galleries. I use selected images to further extend my skill set including woodcut, combination prints and collage and develop ideas for taking the work further. I I continue my networking for audience feedback established in Assignment 4.
In addition to finalising the current blog, I will add relevant material from this module and other audience-relevant information to:
- zemniimages.com my professional SMUGMUG website which will be redesigned to link the different aspects of my graphic art, photography and printmaking practice.
- zemniimages facebook page, twitter and instagram.
- zemniimages blog and/or sub-blogs with attention to SEO requirements and including my posts on key inspiration and image making techniques that would attract visitors to my work (my Printmaking blog was successful in attracting 2,000 visitors a month without any promotion effort from me through visitor Google searches on collagraph, linocut and some printmakers)
- stock photography, Behance and other marketing sites.
- slideshow tasters on a new Zemni You Tube Channel.
I will send selected work to the various on-line commercial card and print marketing sites, and approach some of the tourist card and book shops in Cambridge, East Anglia, St Ives and Lake District and explore opportunities to present some of my printmaking at print exhibitions in Cambridge and elsewhere.