This week’s course work had a number of tasks. First we were to look at our personal libraries or pilebraries as the case may be and share an image with our classmates. It was interesting to see people’s varied interests reflected in the books in their collections and how and where they kept them. My collection here in Scotland is relatively small as most of my books are still in the U.S., but the ones I have clearly reflect my interests and the books I have been reading as part of the MA.
The second task for the week was to amass “all” of the work made to date and put it “on the wall”. That proved to be a tall order given I have a huge number of photos related to my project and the time and expense were prohibitive. Furthermore the repeat photography elements, while they show subtle changes in the landscape do not yet in my opinion have enough context in just a few months to tell the story I hope to tell. However, there was enough demonstrable change to print and arrange some examples that show where the story might be headed. I also printed a good many examples of the the other categories of photos that fit the themes of Coul Links; From Above, Below and In Between. From this collection we were to curate and organise into something that could be become a publication in some form.
The final task of the week was to create a “dummy” publication. This was admittedly a bit of rushed attempt, and what started as a concept for a Zine type publication of an exhibition guide began to look as though it could well be the beginnings of one or more bigger publications. Having decided to do a local exhibition I likely will publish a small exhibition guide using the only the photos I am exhibiting. This exercise though helped to coalesce concepts that will be more relevant as I move closer to my FMP and the outputs I envision as my project progresses both during and after the MA.
I created the book just with A4 printer paper bound with a few stitches of thread. It was organised around the themes mentioned above and used the cyanotypes I did a few weeks ago as section breaks. It is conceptual at this point and requires refinement into a final form or forms and there would be words to accompany either an exhibition guide or a larger book. Once the dummy was assembled, we were to video it and share it in preparation for the week’s webinar. Here is the link and password.