Thursday 20th February 2014
We had an interesting lecture regarding ways to get your work shown to the big wide world – the key being self publishing.
The idea of making a book does seem very daunting but I’m also looking forward to being able to create an actual ‘object’ to show, in this talk we was shown the different ways of making a book and how you can get really creative with it. There were lots of different examples of books etc to look at..
Ranging from carefully crafted spines, zine type books to tiny tiny books it was interesting to see how creative you can get when self publishing your work. We have a book binding workshop on the 28th February which will be great to finally see a way to make a book and hopefully learn lots of new skills.
We was lucky enough to have a lecture with photographer Finn Taylor, he showed us lots of his images, told us about his life and how he’d been able to develop into a successful stable career after much hard work.
I found his work really interesting, he has documented many things from British youths in chicken shops to East London Team GB athletes leading up to the 2012 Olympics. Finn’s diverse scope of variety in his work is definitely one of the things I enjoyed seeing from his talk, along with the great amount of advice/tips he gave us.
Some of the advice Finn gave us was..
- Have a story – its important
- Try and get past the ‘staged’ look within your photos
- Plan everything down to the bone, have yourself a back up plan – Be prepared
- Be thick skinned, don’t take everything to heart
- Practice, Practice, Develop
- Push past boundaries and create something different
- Don’t force anyone to do anything, let them be comfortable. create environments for them to feel at ease
- Start building your contacts now, talk to people
- Get advice, take it on board and take criticism too
Here’s a few images of Finns that I enjoyed the most..
( I do not own any of the above images, they are from Finn Taylors Website http://www.finntaylor.com/index.html )
David Campbell on ‘Narrative’
I find David Campbell’s lectures really interesting to listen to, this particular one (link above) on ‘Narrative’ has helped to guide my mind a bit and understand more about the narrative side to Photography. There is a link to his soundcloud lecture on the page. Very interesting, give it a listen!