I’ve been thinking about how I’m going to layout my images if I can’t have them in a row. Depending on how much space their is I may need to have them 3×2 or 2×3 if there really isn’t much space on the wall. I found it quite difficult to place them in a grid, as I don’t want the two headlight images next to each other, or the two red images either. I moved them around a lot but have found that these two layouts work the best.
I also did a quick mock up of the different layouts in Sketchup to see that they would look like this way. In these images the space looks very empty, but obviously if it was an issue with space their would be work next to mine also in this space.
I thought it would be useful to think ahead of how I might have to layout the images in case this does happen. I would obviously prefer the images to be presented in a row, as each image is used to represent the individual car, and in a way this makes them separate rather than grouped together. Even thought the images have been shot in a similar way, the project is more about each car than them all as a collective. By giving them a name it sets them apart from other cars of the same model, and personalises it to the person who owns them. The project is also commenting on what sets these cars apart, why they might have been named what they have.
What I will be doing next is making my floating frames in the 3D workshop and print out my final images.
Shown above is my exhibition mock up, which I created using Sketchup, once I had figured out how to use the programme it was fairly simply to create. I tried to make the image sizes A2, using the person as a reference. I think that this is how big they would be, but it’s not completely accurate as I measured an A2 next to myself to see how big it is, so these may be closer to A1 but you can still get a sense of how the work will be shown. The only thing not included in the image is the floating frames, from looking at this mock up I’m pretty sure I want them in frames rather than just mounted on foam board. I think they need this added feature to separate them from each other more by having a border. I also think that this would memorialise the cars more, and show the affection put towards them, rather than them just being put on a wall as they are.
I’m also going to create mock ups of how the images would look 3×2 or 2×3 as we don’t have unlimited space I may not be able to have my images in a row, however I would prefer them to be in a line as shown. The reason I think this would work better is because it makes it more about each individual car, as that’s what they are. I think as previously if I included three of each car a grid would work better as they were meant to be grouped, but now that I using one of each car I think this works a lot better.
Above shows a comparison of two different types of cropped image from my eyes series.
On the left is how I had originally decided to crop the eye, this is closer in so that the pupil is more of the main focus. Now that I have decided that I am having the eyes displayed separately to the abstract iris images I think that perhaps have more of the eye in the image would work better. I no longer need the iris to be as much of a main focus because the cropped images of the iris are going to be displayed on the wall.
With the full eye in the image it will become less obvious that the iris images have come these eyes. However the issue that I am having with doing this is that the gender and the race of the eyes become more prominent whereas I wanted the eyes to be gender neutral. This isn’t a massive issue but still something that I would have preferred not to have in the images.
I am also now thinking about the size I want to print the enlarged iris images. Ideally I think that I would like them printed fairly big, around A3 as any bigger than this and the iris photographs may look too pixellated. For the exhibition I am currently thinking of printing them A4 and pinning them to the wall. I may however, just to see what it will look like print one of the best iris images A3 and display it in the exhibition and have A4 prints to submit. So that the viewer will be able to see how the prints were meant to look, if I could have them as big as I want.
I have also been thinking about the quality of paper I want to print on, the photo paper which I have for the photo book is matte, and so in order to connect the photo book and the prints I think that I might do the prints on matte paper too. The photographic paper which is closest to what I am using for the photo book is Hahnemühle photo rag, but is slightly more expensive than the standard matte paper I have used before.
Compared to gloss paper, matte gives the images more of a painterly feel to them rather seeming very photographic. I think that for the abstract images matte paper would work better as I want the images to seem more like abstract paintings than iris patterns.
This is how I had originally planned the layout for the photo book, the size of the paper is A5 and the eyes are on the left and the close up of the iris is on the right. This size is a bit too small to layer all the pages on top of each other which makes the book too thick. I also didn’t realise that when I put all the pages on top of each other the pages would come out wrong and all the eyes would come first and all the close ups would be together at the back half of the book.
Above is my correction of this by printing and cutting out the images shown previously and blue tacking them onto the pages so that I could see how the layout should be. I bound the pages together just by using an elastic band. For the photo book I doubled the size of the length of the paper so that one page would be A5 so that the images fit better as also so that the book in itself was bigger.
Instead of showing the eye and the iris next to each other they are on separate pages so that when you flick through you see an eye and the the close up of the eye. During my tutorial with my tutor he suggested that if I wanted to make it less obvious that the second images were the close ups of the eye and to make it more abstract I could do a photo book with just the eyes, and print out the abstract images larger and have them on the gallery wall. This would mean that the viewers would have to look inside the photo book to make the connection between the two. This would also mean that if I were to create my own iris patterns out of ink etc. then it would be less obvious that they were not the same as the eyes. However my tutor suggested that just by cropping and taking the image of the eye is me creating my own version of the eye so it’s not totally necessary that I need to make it out of something else. I would be good if I were able to paint or use ink as the iris duplicate but if my experiments do not work out then I will just print out the cropped images of the iris instead.
Shown above is an example of what the eye images look like cropped into circles rather than rectangles. After seeing them like this I’m not sure it’s how I want the layout to be for the exhibition, I want more of the rest of the eye to be shown. They do look interesting like this but it puts too much focus on the iris as I do want the viewer to be able to see the eyes.
When looking at the images this way it’s intriguing to be able to see how different they all are, especially the difference in how dilated the pupils are in each photograph. The top right eye is way more dilated than the rest, and the top left appear to be the smallest, although a few are similar. The pupils are also different shapes and some aren’t looking directly into the lens whether they noticed at the time or not.
I have found it easier to decide how I want the images to look by doing this and I have realised that I want the images to be more about the whole eye than just the iris as I think that being able to see more of it, it gives the eye more personality. I however made the decision not to have make up on the eye to avoid giving the eyes a gender but it I think that cropping them this way takes away too much of the person and makes it too impersonal and more scientific.
Lover’s eye brooch, 1800 – 20, England. Museum no. P.56-1977. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Another inspiration for having the eye’s in circles was the lover’s eye brooch people owned in the 1800s, the one shown above is in a oval sort of shape with pearls around the edge. I thought that this is a very interesting way of displaying the eye and how people had these as a remembrance of their loved one as though they are watching over them by only including the eye rather than their whole face. For my own work this is too romantic and personal and in a different direction than which I want to go, however it is a very intriguing concept.
How my work was presented
How I would present my work
Shown above is how my images were presented, and next to it is a mock up of how I would present my work. The second image of how I would like to have presented my work shows the landscape much larger than the photographs of the cans; this presents my theme much better and makes it obvious that the image shown is not a true representation of the surroundings.