My Girl: A2 Print Test

In order to help me decide what size I’m going to print my final images I did a test of sections of each image on one sheet on A2. The paper I used was glossy, and I also tried metallic which is a new paper the University have brought in.

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Shown above, on the left is the metallic finish and on the right is the glossy paper. The images are in a different order is because I only did the glossy layout very quickly and wanted to straighten it up, but forgot to put them in the same order. The picture has only been taken on my iPhone as well. It’s very hard to see the different in this image, and also in real life, I’m not sure which paper I prefer.

The quality of the images is actually pretty good for the format they were taken on. I did however use Ektar 100 film, so I think this made a big different. I think I would be happy to print them all this big, I’m going to show the group these images at the final work review to help me decide how big I should print them. I’m a little cautious to have them really big because of the quality, but I agree that having them small and in domestic frames may take away the quality of the images in general.

Another thing to think about is how the glossy or metallic are going to look behind glass/plastic if I choose to frame them, as this can also change how they look. I’m getting there, but there are still a few more decisions to make as we get closer to the deadline. The small images which I placed in a domestic environment were printed on glossy paper and where behind plastic, which I didn’t think effected the quality too much.

Overall I may be changing my mind on how I want to present, even though testing out different sizes and paper has confused me, it is helpful to see the same work in so many different ways.

Tutorial Review

After having my tutorial and discussing my previous presenting ideas, I may print at A3 or A2 and frame them, displaying the names of the cars. With my domestic presenting idea I could have them in everyday frames on the wall and make a wallpaper, however because the images are so clean and clinical looking this may take away from them.

Instead of printing them all at A2 straight away I’m going to do a test print of all the cars I’m using as my final prints and seeing what they would look like this big. As I shot on 35mm they may look too grainy, and lose quality printed this big, which isn’t what I want. From previous prints I have decided I want them to be glossy, as this really brings out the colours.

During my tutorial I also discussed possible title names such as Anthropomorphic but perhaps having this title AND placing the images in a domestic atmosphere may be too obvious. Instead, and especially if I print them bigger and display in a more structured way, I may title the project My Girl. Due to the fact all the cars I’m using as my final images have female names, and people who name their car a feminine name will tend to call their cars “my girl”. I really like this as a title, especially by having either labels or the names under the images this could be very effective.

Next I’m going to do an A2 test print and see how they turn out, and also decide how i’m going to frame and place the names in the gallery. They could be within the frames under the image, or stuck on a label next to them, I will test out both ways in photoshop to help me decide.

Tate Modern

On another visit to the Tate Modern I focus more on the paintings, looking at the type of frames they are in. I thought it would be interesting to not just look at how photography is exhibited, but also other forms of art.

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The pieces shown above are framed in a similar way as I would expect to see photography work. I really liked the layout of this work, with the grid of twelve images with a portrait frame next to them.

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With the other work what I found interesting was the combination of different frames for each individual painting. When thinking about my own work, in a way each car has such different colours that they could have very different frames to go with each tone. Much as frames tend to compliment the tones of a painting. Even though it’s a different medium, so much photography work is influenced by painting that when it comes to being displayed they are quite similar.

During wall I have really opened my mind to different ways of displaying work, and also thought about how I want to display my own work in more depth. Asking myself why I want to display it in this way rather than just sticking them up on the wall in anyway, just to get them up. It’s made me realise how much thought goes into how people present their images. The way work is displayed can completely change the way it is received.

Presenting Ideas: part two

Further looking at ideas of how I could present my project, whilst I was home I replaced some of our family photos with images from my project. I wanted to see what they would look like in a domestic environment. One of my ideas for how I could present is turning a section of the gallery space into a domestic environment such as this and presenting them in frames you would find in peoples homes. I couldn’t use all the frames which had been placed on top of these draws in my family home as some were printed larger or were portrait and couldn’t be turned landscape.


Shown above is the display I created, I’m actually really pleased with how it looks. I like that they’re in different styled frames rather than all the same. I also like that all the frames are different sizes even though the images themselves are the same size. I’m also pleased with the image I have framed, as previously I had been showing them in threes, but I think one image of each car works better, gives more of a variety.


My mums also had some flowers in vases so I thought I would put them with the images to see what it would look like, and I think this works even better.  A lot of the cars are quite vibrant colours so the flowers compliment them. It also gives off more of a domestic environment, as well with the ornaments which are there as well.

It is also interesting to note that all the cars within the images have female names, or are related to femininity. From left to right they are; Kylie, Penelope, Goddess, The Bitch, Poppy and Amber. So having them in a feminine environment is interesting as well.
I’m not sure what sort of table I would be able to get hold of to have within the gallery, whether I could borrow one or find one fairly cheap, but then there’s storage for before and after the exhibition which could be an issue.

I’m glad that I am getting closer to figuring out how I want to present my work, and I think that the images shown above will perhaps be my final images for the exhibition. I think they work really well together.


Why Do People Name Their Cars?

As part of my research for my project I googled Why do people name their cars? to see what would come up. I was surprised by how many articles popped up on this subject, including ones of the most popular car names, these were however mostly American surveys based on states rather than the UK. Some of the titles were Why Do People Feel the Need to Name Their Cars?, Some people like to name their car. Why?, The most popular car names and Why People Name Their Machines. 

The top ten car names in American are apparently:
1. Betsy
2. Bessie
3. Baby/Betty
4. [The] Beast
5. Sally
6. Bertha
7. Lucy (wish I found a car with the same name as me)
8. Big Red
9. Buddy/Fred/Stella

Here in the UK I have not found any cars named any of the above, do Americans and the English name their cars completely differently? The article also had a list of car names given by men and by women, however both of the top ones for this list were Betsy, this is obviously a very popular name for cars.

Most of the articles discuss the same sort of things, how we give cars human characteristics or mention Anthropomorphism, which is the technical term for this. As this was coming up so much when talking about why people name their cars I thought it could be a possible title for my project. I’ve been struggling to think of a title, as I was hoping during one of my shoots someone I spoke to might say something that would be a good title, but nothing came. I can’t think of anything anyone has said either which I think would work. So, my project may be named Anthropomorphic which I think due to the nature of my project would work as a title, so for now I’m going to use this as a working title.

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Presenting Ideas

Beginning to think about how I’m going to present my work on the wall, to begin this I have made a couple of mock ups placing my images within exhibitions I have either been to or found on google images.

I wanted to see what my images would look like framed, different sizes, large and small, clustered or in a row.

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The first image of an exhibition was taken from Roger Mayne’s at the Photographers Gallery. I really liked his images where laid out, however there were both landscape and portrait images displayed, whereas mine are all landscape so I blocked out the portraits. His work didn’t really work with mine so this made it easier to see what it looked like, even though it is quite distracting.

I do quite like this layout, I’m not sure how well it would work with just landscaped however, as the portraits make the images fit together nicely. I did however want to show what it would look like with less of a structure to the way they’re set out on the wall, even though the way images are presented are always thought through.



The next layout I tried I just found on google images, I thought the frames where a nice size to see what my images would look large rather than small. I think I definitely prefer my images smaller. I want the viewing experience to be more intimate, and the way they’re displayed quite domestic. This would be to show the intimacy and closeness between the cars and their owners. I’m not saying that there’s anything fetishising between the cars and their owners, but to name something is showing a caring and closeness towards it.

Overall I found doing these mock ups really helpful in helping me decide how I want to display my images, and will continue to try different ways of displaying. Visiting galleries has also been very helpful, seeing so many different ways you can present photography.

Wolfgang Tillmans

Wolfgang Tillmans exhibition is currently being held at the Tate Modern. For the exhibition he did not have any labels throughout the rooms explaining the work, but instead had it all in the booklet. This contains the descriptions of what each of the fourteen rooms shows. Each of these rooms was especially designed by Tillmans as a personal response to the present moment. To objective of the work was to engage the audience with themes of community, sociability, empathy and vulnerability.

Throughout the exhibition Tillmans includes both large and small prints, including a room which if full of his books and any magazines which his photographs have been included in.

The exhibition was so expansive that I took so many pictures, which I’m not entirely sure which images are from what room. I have included above some of the layouts which I found the most interesting. I quite liked the small clustered images and the way he spaced them around the room. It was a good use of the space, each room seemed full of work, and some of the images actually got repeated because it worked with different pieces.

This work in particular I found very interesting as it relates quite well with my current project. I think the way the images of the cars are laid out in the book works really well, and the large printed image of the headlight included in the gallery. I think however because of the context of my work I’d prefer to have mine smaller and more intimate, but in the space and with his other work I think this fit well. I was hoping he would have had more of the work on display, but it was great to be able to look at all the different books he’s created over the year including The Cars. 

Over all I found Tillman’s exhibition very inspirational when thinking about the way I want my work displayed, and also how best it is to display an extensive amount of work in an effective way. I particularly liked how he decided to include all the descriptions in the booklet rather than having them on the wall in the gallery space. I think this made it more intimate, and also easier to be able to move around and read it than having to crowd around the same spot to try and read what the work is about.

Claire Barrow: Dancing With Dreams

Dancing With Dreams by Claire Barrow is exhibited in Galeria Melissa. The top floor of the shop located in Covent Garden, London is a shoe shop, but down the stairs the work is presented in a single room.

The work integrates sculpture, performance, technology, fashion, film and music. By having such a multi media art work it really immerses you into the work. By having such a small space as well it gives the work focus, you can’t look away. It’s was a very surreal experience.

There are five sculptures in the room, which work in conjunction with the projection of the performers on the wall behind each one. The sculptures were created using found material, which is something that is very important to the Melissa’s shoe brand.

This installation is used to illustrate themes such as the ideas society put upon people. This includes prejudices, romantic ideals, initial assumptions or stereotypes.

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Unfortunately I could not upload the video I took of the installation so that you can here the music playing, but you get the idea of the layout from the screenshots from the video I took. I did not take any still images as I felt it was a piece of work you need to see in movement.

I thought that the sculptures and projections worked well together, they fit within a theme. It was very interactive and allowed you to walk around the sculptures and see them up close. The artist statement for the exhibition is shown outside so you can read it before entering. I think it was a good use of the space, the art work was focussed on the around the edge of the room, which had infinity walls which curved into the flooring. You could step back and observe the work all at once, or go up close to see the details on the sculptures.

The room had no lighting except what was coming in from the stairway, with lights focussing just on the sculptures, and the projections obviously lit themselves.

Overall I thought it was a very interesting installation, which used many different types of media in order to express a message.

Roger Mayne


Roger Mayne’s (1929-2014) work is currently being shown at The Photographers Gallery. This exhibition of his work is the first since 1999. He was a British photographer whose most famous work was taken in the 1950s, showing community life in London’s Southam Street. The exhibition not only shows his most famous work, but also the beginning of his photography which began in Leeds.

Above I have included some photographs I took of the exhibition, as you can see it has been designed so their are both large and smaller prints. The larger images have been placed behind glass, resting on wood and clips holding it together. The smaller ones are all in white frames, and have been grouped together. There were also tables which had more of his personal work and notes.

As well as the photographs in frame, some images have been shown using projectors on five different frames which show Mayne’s commissioned work The British at Leisure. This includes three-hundred and ten colour images which are being shown on the screens. These were shown in a separate dark room to the rest of the exhibition.

I quite liked how the images were grouped together with the large and smaller images. The smaller images have been spaced together like a collage. I also thought having projectors was an excellent way to show a large body of work without having to have a large space. Although you would have to sit in the projection room in order to actually see all the of the images.

Overall I thought it was very inspiring to see Roger Mayne’s work in the exhibition. I always find it fascinating looking at photography work from a completely different time to my own. Those images will never be taken again which makes them unique. Shows a specific moment in time we will never witness.

Research: Cars in films

In movies, particularly ones aimed at a younger audience which involve cars are given names and tend to have a gender. The best example of this is in Cars (2006) which is all about, well, cars. Each has it’s own gender and personality which seem very typical to the car in which they are. One in particular is the VW Camper Van, which is shown as a hippie as they were very popular among the stereotype in the 70s.

Before Disney made Cars there was Brum (1991-2002) which was a TV series about a toy cars travel around the city which his owner in away. Brum was obviously just called this because of the sound a car makes, and was made for young children (I remember watching it when I was young) but it was the first thing I saw where it was a car with seemingly intelligent, self-driven car with characteristics. Another film I thought of was Herbie which stared in six films, the earliest being The Love Bug (1968) and the most recent Herbie: Fully Loaded (2005). The decal on the VW Beetle has been made quite iconic as many people have recreated it on their own. In these film Herbie is a sentient anthropomorphic, a car with feelings. Most people who own a car spend a lot of their time in it, travelling to work, college or uni, or just travelling in general and get quite attached, especially if they’ve had them for a long time. Perhaps having a car for so long it can seem like it has characteristics of its only, little things that you know make it work, for example in order to turn my Dads Camper Van on you have to pump the clutch three times before trying to turn on the engine. Does this actually do anything? I don’t know but it’s things like this which I think become part of the attachment we have to our cars.

After seeing a film where the whole world are cars rather than people, it’s hard not to think of cars in our own world in this way. Perhaps Disney when making the film where thinking about how different cars seem more male than female, and what kind of personalities they might have. I would be interested to know where the inspiration for the film Cars came from. Overall as films are part of our popular culture, it creates a norm for people to name their cars based on their appearance, perhaps since these types of films we’ve seen more of it.