1-2-1 May 23

A chest infection has impacted on my energy levels during the past few weeks; I still have the tail end of it now.

I don’t often take time off work due to illness but I had to give in and rest up for two days last week. The pace at the day job has been pretty relentless of late and, in addition to wanting to do well in my MA, I have been under quite a bit of pressure. I think it has possibly resulted in being run down.

I always feel bad if I haven’t been able to fulfil projects set for me, and in this 1-2-1 I wasn’t able to present any to scale PDF images of considered layouts for my display as previously spoken about.

I have rectified this now for the first show at Mount Pleasant Eco park in this post: https://josiepurcellphotographyma.wordpress.com/2018/05/27/hanging-to-scale/.

Wendy, the module tutor, also reiterated the need to evidence and fully document the installation process. This is to illustrate the thinking process and the time and effort put into creating a considered exhibition. Details such as this will help me to produce a thorough Final Major Project submission. It needs to be a substantial piece that can defend process choices, while also considering other artists working in a similar vein.

I have many drawn illustration of ideas, written scribbles and notes, and pieces of test prints to still record and document. It is something I have allowed time for and will add to my CRJ, perhaps backdating some to show where and when they occurred in my process.

Wendy also mentioned having a tidy up in the Gallery section of the website. This is something I hope to get to this coming weekend. I will perhaps move my Harena Now page from the Gallery dropdown tab, and create individual gallery pages under that tab for the types of process used.

She also suggested adding an explanation and dating the work to provide an “arc of development”.

Another discussion related to the creation of a zine. Something to show the evolution of of my project and a means to present ideas. I am now looking into this idea as an option for my show with the Fish Factory. This venue often runs zine-related workshops and I feel it will be a good addition to the on the wall work.

We also spoke about myriad ways of displaying images. For my first show I have decided to opt for five A1 images. These will be shown with their corresponding scan of the original non-fixed lumen. At present I am visualising them as very symmetrical, which is probably the opposite of my original plans to show my work outside in a informal manner, but somehow seems to suit the prints.

By keeping the display simple, I hope the work will ping from the wall and capture the imagination of the viewers, which in turn will then lead them to discover the deeper meaning behind the work.

We also discussed experimenting with scale, size and series. Wendy is aware that I am curtailed by my financial position – I simply do not have the spare cash to buy vast amounts of ink, paper, printing costs etc. to create a huge body of experimental images. But she did direct me to the work of Noemie Goudal. I will write a new post on my thoughts on Goudal’s work and the ways in which she makes smaller prints that build into a larger display – something I like and may well look to create.

We also chatted about my recent turning away from using cyanotype in my show. I have felt that I don’t want to confuse the audience with two differing processes.

However, cyanotype is my ‘first love’ and I do feel as if by discarding it completely I am being a little brutal. I have since gone back to look at work by Michelle Rozic – I will write a new fuller blog post on this shortly – and may well reconsider this decision for my Fish Factory show where I have much more scope to really create something intriguing.

Another tip from Wendy is to transcribe the podcast I created with geologist, Dr Beth Simons as part of my FMP submission – I will probably also add this to the post too. Elements of this could also be included in my press release.

And finally, we spoke about the conversation I had with Dr Beth Simons about cathodoluminescence, a technique used in geological sampling. Beth showed me examples of the microscopic images and the colours produced, which are very similar to some of the images created by my non-fixed lumen technique.

Wendy did reiterate that there is much more work to do.

I know that I work best when faced with deadlines – without them I seem to easily fall into the Cornish mindset of “dreckly” (even though I’m not Cornish I think living in Cornwall must nurture a more laid-back approach to life). Having been a journalist and worked to daily deadlines, I’m sure that these next three months with their high expectations and demands to ensure I can succeed in my MA will see me pull out all the stops to create a successful outcome.