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Originally, i had planned to  enter a university course after college. I wanted to be a forensic  detective and many places in the Midlands offer courses revolving around forensics, but most are very specific.
At Nottingham Trent university, they offer a Forensic Science course. “On this course you will develop the ability to judge the importance of physical evidence based on incident scene observations and the results of laboratory analysis.Studying Forensic Science will enable you to:Understand crime scene science.Use case studies to highlight the range of approaches required in forensic investigations as well as analytical instruments, microscopy and the English legal system.Find out how the acquisition of crime scene evidence is studied as well as genetic identification.” Which appealed to me greatly. These are all things I wanted to expand and learn and develop a career around. After finding this course, I decided to see if Derby university posted the same thing, or anything similar, to which I found :
BSc (Hons) Forensic Science
BSc (Hons) FS with Criminology
BSc (Hons) FS with Psychology
BSc (Hons) Computer Forensic Investigation
And Forensic and Crime scene Investigation
I would have been happy applying to any of these, but specifically I wanted Forensic and Crime Scene Investigation due to the fact I wanted to focus on the investigation section of forensics. Looking into this course, it is a level 4 certificate of credit costing £1440 and being 20 weeks of part time study, although this course is a fully interactive online course, including virtual reality, mini documentaries, interactive media and technical videos .
” Using the latest learning technology, you’ll be able to access realistic crime scenes based in our new specialist crime scene house, located near our campus in Derby. You will search different crime scenes within the house and practice the CSI skills being developed at each stage of the learning journey”
I feel that although this is an online course, it will let me work with less pressure yet still offer me many interesting and valuable experiences.
I have decided to apply to this course next year, but first I will be applying for a job / apprenticeship to prepare me mentally and financially for this course, to ensure I do my very best with no distractions or barriers. Although the fact is an online course already makes it easier for me, I want to know I’m confident enough to follow through with this course.
Until this time comes, I will be hunting for and pursuing a apprenticeship in art such as an apprenticeship at art core, where they do exhibitions with the mayor and artistic and creative sessions with the locals to promote various things and help improve the local area we live in. I will be assisted by Reed at Derby college to help me find a suitable apprenticeship.

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My Personal Statement.

At the beginning of this photography course in September 2013, I didn’t know much about photography and all its factors. But I did have an interest in taking images and I wanted to know how to improve my skills and achieve the same crazy, inspiring images that first got me into the subject.

Now, in 2015, I’m proud of how far I’ve come in the past two years. I’ve developed my skills beyond what I would expect.

Now I understand more of the technical side of photography, like things such as exposure , aperture , ISO are and how to adjust them to help create a well exposed image.

Beginning with the ‘Light’ Assignment was the best way to start a course due to it giving me a basic understanding of how light works and how to manipulate it,which then lead to me branching out in a variety of methods and styles of imagery as i had an understanding of how to get the contrasts and exposures i require to get that particular style.

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.