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My Interim Exhibition

As part of my university course, we were asked to create an interim show through artsteps as we can’t host an in-person show. The title of my project and show is ‘Rejuvenate’ and looks at council funded schemes that are developed to help bring more people into the communities. Within the artsep software there are templates for people to use to help to display their work however I decided to make my own layout shown here.


The plus side of this is that it allowed me to create separate rooms for different architectural structures which were housing, markets and shopping centres. The software is very basic and slow so to create complex layouts is a very time-consuming process. In addition to this using text on the walls, which is a very common thing to do in real life, to help explain the images is almost impossible to do as a paragraph can be stretched out to be only one line making it impossible to fit onto a wall.



That’s probably enough of slating Artsteps now onto what my project is about…



rejuvenate

/rɪˈdʒuːvəneɪt/


verb

  1. give new energy or vigour to; revitalize.


This project is showcasing the change in architecture of council funded initiatives to promote the local area and to help create a better local environment. Between all these initiatives is a founding idea of long-term progression while retaining past cultures and principles. From affordable housing to entice younger people from city centres to preserving the areas deep historical attachments to markets that have stood for hundreds of years.

This project is influenced by my commercial practice of architectural photography. With this project however I want to show the change over time in these towns and cities from a documentarian perspective.


The images and layout that I used were fairly basic and looking back more thought should’ve gone into. Originally, I had grouped the images based on the subject within the image however after the peer review it was pointed out to me that maybe in the future, I could group them based on context and compositions. in addition to this through the peer review process it was brought to my attention that this is a documentary project which for some reason had never crossed my mind before this. It made me have a new outlook on how to photograph and what compositions to use for this project. So far in this project I have been looking at small details of these building however after looking at historical images from eras such as the 30’s where they typically are very literal in what they photograph shooting directly at the building rather than taking photos of the building. Personally, I like comparisons I have within my project right now with a wider shot of the structures and then a tighter more detailed look at the buildings. This is a nice balance and gives both the classic idea of documentary photography and my own style of architectural photography.


Within each room of my interim show as the viewer moves clockwise through the room, they move through the decades of architecture starting off around the 60’s and move up right into the present day so they can see the journey that the architecture has gone through. This makes it more obvious to see the transition from post war brutalism into more modernist styles with huge technological advancements in their engineering. After the peer review session, it was pointed out to me that it may be more beneficial to instead of grouping the images on what they are of, for example housing, it would look better to group the images based on the compositions and connotations.


For the final year exhibition, I would look also at potentially reducing the number of images in the space too. It is very easy to cram all the good images into one place rather than having a select few great images that really help to tell the story much better. Perhaps 2 or 3 images from each genre would really help to create a great exhibition space for my final exhibition.


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