I had two main objectives when creating my website/online portfolio. These included making the website look as clean and minimalist as possible in order to make the images the centre of attention. The second aim was to make the website accessible and easy to navigate.
I have written an introduction for my body of work. I found it difficult to get the balance right between going into too much depth about the project and simplifying it too much. Eventually I have arrived at something I am fairly happy with as an insight into how the work was created while still enticing the viewer to look at the images and poems.
I have been asked to consider how I might present my body of work to a public audience. I’ve already decided a large photo book is an appropriate, tangible and mobile method for displaying my work to a public audience. However, I have collated my thoughts on how else I might present my body of work, namely in a gallery space or a site-specific installation.
Making a photo book is a primary consideration for me going into Sustaining Your Practice. Not only would a photo book be a good way to show off the work, it would also be an efficient method for presenting the work to galleries etc for their perusal. In this regard, it would be prudent to take care over the layout and design of the photo book as people and galleries may be viewing it. Also it would be satisfying to have a photo book I am proud of after all the work that’s gone into Reconstructing Deptford.
My tutor has mentioned to me before that I might try experimenting with the reflections that are evident in some of my composites. We discussed how this might be a way of subtly inferring to the viewer that something is not quite right with the images - that they are in fact composites.
On the 16/09/2020 I visited the Photographer’s Gallery to see the 4 sets of work nominated for the Deutsche Börse prize 2020 and I went there with a dual purpose. The first purpose was to look at the work from an artistic perspective and try to decide which of the four nominations was my favourite. The second purpose was more practical and involved looking at how the exhibition was put together and paying attention to details like the framing and layout of the four selected works.
Knowing when to finish my body of work has been quite an easy decision in one regard and a strangely difficult one in another regard.
On 20/07/2020 I attended another beneficial L3 study hangout presented by Dr Ariadne Xenou and with quite a few fellow students. Topics of discussion were our Contextual Studies and also issues of authorship.
The Body of Work module I am studying asks me to defend my work now I am close to finishing it. Probably the aspect of my work I feel it will be most likely necessary to defend is the use of composites to paint a picture of Deptford. That is because while I believe them to depict a Deptford that is changing it is still an artistic vision and needs to be portrayed in this way.
Following on from WiP #11, where I received some interesting feedback from a fellow student, I have decided to experiment further with conveying to the viewer something of the chaos behind the order of my composites.