“If only I had more time, I would…”
Picking which module to rethink and perhaps change was easy for me. My first terms project just wasn’t me and I really didn’t feel like developing it further. My final terms project was the one I really felt like I had gotten to a stage where I was extremely happy with, and also I had only just finished it and hadn’t had that break to think about it. So that leaves my second project. I did really enjoy doing this series on walking, but the time period we had just went so incredibly fast that I perhaps didn’t spend as much time talking it as far as I wanted.
I started to think about what changes I wanted to make, and began to take some more photographs. I really like some of the images that I began to take, but I quickly realised that they didn’t fit into the series. I honestly don’t think I actually needed to change any of the photographs. The main purpose behind this project is this specific journey that I was on for three months. And so when I begin to retake some images it just wasn’t the same, and although any viewer perhaps wouldn’t notice the difference between these two walks, I can, and that’s really important to me. So I decided to not change any of these images and keep the same experience that I had.
So I then thought about what I actually would change, and looking back to our final feedback I didn’t receive any criticism except for the binding. I chose to do a Japanese’s style bind and that resulted in a really tight fitting book and you couldn’t actually see a quarter of the images. I perhaps rushed due to worrying about getting the book actually finished, and not perhaps putting as much attention as I could do into the final stage, which is one of the most important. So I started by choosing the bind, I chose a single sheet bind, and I have taken lectures in my final term of how to actually do a bind professionally (if only I had known how to do this in my second term!). I change the thickness of the paper as well and went one step thinner as I feel like it will be easier to flick through the pages. I then had to alter some of my images and layout due to the bind. I also thought about changing the name, (mainly to “one foot in front of the other”) but I decided not to because I like the mysteriousness of my original title. Furthermore, I kept the fact my name wasn’t included anywhere in the book because it keeps in secretive, intimate and the viewer can place himself or herself as the photographer.
I’m really pleased with this bind, and I’m glad I changed it from the original book because it lays flat and you can really get your head close and see the images in a detailed fashion. I believe it’s a more professional looking book and I’m really proud to show it on my website as I think at this moment in my time this is the best it can be and I’m happy with my amendments.