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Photographers can show their work in various ways, such as:

Online Websites:

WordPress ( Such as me and my classmates )

Their own websites ( E.G http://www.jkphotography.co.uk/about.php )

Group websites ( E.G http://www.magnumphotos.com )

Books ( E.G http://www.amazon.co.uk/Robert-Frank-The-Americans/dp/386521584X )

And exhibitions/museums.

To witness how photographers show their work, we took a trip to various buildings during the Format Festival to also see the various methods and styles photographers use to present their work, and we came across some very interesting and creative  presentation styles.DSC_4668 DSC_4669

Firsty, there’s basic methods which are just simple print outs on a wall, wether they be large or small.

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Even basic framed images arranged into a scattered pattern.

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Here’s a more creative style of printing out your images and placing them in / on / around furniture for a more unique approach.

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Even placing your image in a glass case is unique to your style.

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In this image there is an object behind the image , giving the image a more 3D feel.

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This was probably my favourite rooms, a room full of selfies.Not framed, not hanged, just scattered across the floor.
This piece wasn’t for the images, but more for what was done using the images.They’re scattered across the floor, not framed, not pinned to the wall, just piles on the floor.And a lot of them. This shows how many selfies was taken in this short time of this machine being running, and shows what little importance they have on the art industry.

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And scattered across the windowsills and piano, i felt this was such a unique method and i loved it.

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Although this wasn’t done  using the creators images, it was instead done using images posted on sites such and Instagram, and it printed out every image captioned with #selfie or #selfieprinter . It did this using a Mac PC connected to receipt paper, from there they just fell onto the floor and got pushed around.

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Me and Chloe Turnbull even tried this out for ourselves, we were not disappointed.

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Here is a clean, neat, organised and efficient use of space to present work.

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Here is also another interesting method, here is a collection of evidence bags.One side of the bag contained information on the image and the other side contained the image. This definitely ties in with the evidence theme very strongly!

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Here we see use of both print outs and screens showing an X-ray , very different but they work well.

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Here, yet again quite obviously going along with the evidence theme we see somebodies work laid out in sort of a mind map style.

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Some images were hidden behind small curtains, not only as a presenting method but mostly due to the images being unsafe for certain audiences.

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This one was very interesting, it seems somebody has printed negatives onto some sort of tissue/tracing paper and used these to decorate a greenhouse.

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I love the style of this one, old negative prints hung on the wall with the actual original negative below up on a mini light table with a switch to turn it on and off.

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Here is a chandelier made out of images of chandeliers, i found this very groovy and creative.DSC_4852

Here is a basic yet almost forgotten method of efficiently showing all images on a simple contraption with a magnifying glass and a handle you turn to cycle through the images.

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Here is a very interesting style where images are taken on sheets of metal.

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Here is the setup  and camera used to take this image.

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And here is the image being taken.

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After the image is taken it needs to be quickly taken into a dark room and processed before it begins to fade and the chemicals on the metal dry quickly

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This was also an eye catching yet fun method where in order to see the image, the image has to be warmed using something such as a hairdryer.DSC_4872

Even your hand can do the trick, and make way for some groovy patterns
I found this peeve very interesting and fun, i enjoyed the interactivity in this one.

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Here’ a simple TV showing a video of many images of pieces of wood falling, combined with sound. I didn’t take much interest in this one, if looked good but it just didn’t catch my ye nor intrigue me very much. i didn’t find it very creative although i know it was.

Overall our trip to these buildings during Format Festival  opened my eyes and showed me that there’s so many more ways beyond what i thought that images can be presented, from simple and neat to crazy and creative.I found it a good experience.

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Techniques photographers use to tell a story.

A sequence

This is a series of images which all work together, in order. For example:

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These images are by numerous people based around numerous themes, but even without planning a story, a story can be made easily by the way you sequence them.

Ofcourse this isn’t needed for narrative photography, it works just as well if you can tell a story using a single image.

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Composition

The way to take an image effects the narrative greatly. For example, you can place the viewer in a first person view, to make them feel part of the story.

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Or you can photograph it from a third person perspective to have the viewer feel like they are only witnessing the narrative,rather than taking part in it.

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Actors/Models

The models used in an image is an important factor of creating a narrative.Things such as age,appearance,gender,height all contribute toward the story. For example, think of an image of two people arguing.

If they’re both male/female and the same age, we would assume they are friends.

If one is male and one is female of roughly the same age, we assume a couple.

If they are both males , or females, or a mix but one is older and one is younger, we assume a parent / child relationship.
Even with this, the appearance can still add toward the story.The child figure could be dressed as something such as a punk rocker, and we assume that the child/teenager is going through a rebellious phase, and this is why they are arguing.

Things this simple can change the narrative entirely.

Colours

Colours play a large role on what the mood of the narrative is. If the colours used are dark and cold, this gives us a sense of mystery;sadness;fear. Whereas if they were bright and warm we may feel things such as happiness;joy;peace.

Location

The location the image has been taken in contributes towards the narrative,as it shows us where this action is taking place, which helps us image the different scenarios that could have taken place.From the privacy of their own home to out in the public,anything could happen.But if a personal narrative is taking place in a public area, the image begins to get confusing and sets more of a confusing, misunderstood narrative rather than a strong, possibly relatable narrative.