After each shoot I created a contact sheet for the blog and print. I would look through and select images I felt worked, taking into account, the quality, then check them on the computer, always keeping in mind that I may produce a Zine and video, or a video and prints.
Below are photos of some edits for a possible zine and video. I created as many photographs as possible of people whilst they were socialising and none staged captures including video clips in case I decided to make a video. I also produced staged portraits for print or to add into a zine.
During the final edit tutorial it was decided that there were not enough photographs to produce a zine. I expanded on my video so I could produce a coherent body of work that sat well with the voice over I had already recorded a few weeks previous and the portraits that were selected are printed for submission.
Creating my video:
Final video below:
Final sequence, of my series of photographs, for submission:
Photos I have printed for submission as part of my final work. As I begin to sequence them, into colour, landscape, portrait and content….
Research creating a Zine:
I was editing down images that I had been working in order to produce either a zine or prints, below is my final selection, which during tutorial was noted that the selection was too small to produce a zine. I was intending on making around a thirty portrait zine, so very small. However I began to research ideas in which I could produce this and found some great ideas and this one in particular stood out. To produce a bible type of book would need many photographs and text than I had prepared for. This I shall take into account for next time, this would have been my first attempt to create a zine and because I was intending on producing two different forms of visual work and with little knowledge and experience I fell at the first hurdle it would seem with regards to the zine…..
However I have a good collection of strong images to use as prints, which I was also working towards and enough photographic work for the video.
See images below my process and thoughts on ideas, to finish my final body of work for this part of my project.
Editing and learning how to produce a zine:
This gave me a better idea on the actual making of the body and I asked questions about various aspects of the making process in detail.
Photogrparaph taken at the University of the West of England
At first I thought of producing a type of booklet, because I knew the series I was producing for both video and zine or print are completely separate with regards to style, for example most portraits were staged and more theatrical looking than the natural captures of people socialising, so as I was aware that I could not use both in the video or zine. I continued to expand on the portraits which I had less of.
Ideas on booklets and front cover style:
Once I had got close to my final edit I realised there may not be enough photographs for the booklet and definitely not enough for the bible style book. After having the edit tutorial with my peers it was clear that I was going to finish producing the video and print A3 size photographs from my final selection of portraits.
Photographs above taken at University of the West of England.
I have enjoyed meeting new people, people that are interested in the same place as myself that have so much information and stories to tell of Knowle West and the church itself. Most people at the coffee morning have some form of connection with the church other than to preach and socialise. Some married there as far back as over fifty years ago.
Eva – see photo below, she is an amazing and loving person, she was fourteen years old during the second world war, she mentioned how she was walking down the road when she heard what she thought were fire works, she asked a man and he replied “IT IS BOMBS GO HOME….” she told me how she had three older brothers fighting in the war and that she would pray each night for their safety and return home. It is a moving story and one I shall never forget. She also told me her father was very strict and he said if you ever bring home an American I will knock you and him into next week…..(I’m sure not literally!)However she did make me laugh. It was when the area of Bedminster where she lived as a child was bombed that her family moved to Knowle West, where she has lived ever since..
Cathy the Vicar has been in charge at St Barnabas Church for over two years now, and some of the people were telling me how much better it is there since she has taken over. There are more activities, fun days and the summer fair, including so many different events that include all ages and young families.
Marion who plays the piano for the church, brought in a box of photographs to show me that her father took and developed at home. They were fascinating, it was lovely to see her family and her as a young child. I was so honoured to see these and the fact that she was excited to share her past with me.
I asked around again to check that everyone had filled out a model release form, as I did every week and handed some out to people that had not, due to not going the weeks I was there, or not attending for a while. I also collected them and left some with the Vicar just in case someone had been missed.
If I think there is a person I have not seen at any point during my visits I ask if they know why I am there. I always make the time to explain and hand them a copy of the A4 sheet of paper which gives more in-depth information. I found having the script at hand quicker so I could get on with making my project and not having too much time where I was explaining.
I had about an hour in total each visit so I tried to create a nice size body of work, thus socialise and become part of their social group, whilst creating friendship and a bond with them, without neglecting my work, if this makes sense…
I continued with video recording because I did not have much with families and young children due to the toddlers beginning nursery school. I focused on the voice recording and chose to video around the speech from the Vicar that I had recorded some weeks previously.
The coffee morning was very busy this particular morning, the busiest I had seen since my first visit before Christmas.
Everyone seems to be so involved in my work now and I have seen a difference in the past month, with regards to their participation and the sense that they are now feeling at ease with my presence and particularly the camera. The enthusiasm they have now is brilliant, which makes it much easier to photograph there. I can definitely say I have grown a lovely friendship with everyone and feel so welcome. I have enjoyed working at St Barnabas Church, I have always felt welcome, they are always so happy, and greet me with a smile, asking how my journey was etc when I arrive.
Screen shots below from this shoot:
After my edit tutorial and discussion around my work, it was decided by both myself and tutors that the final piece of work would be a series of prints and a video, that would be documentary style. I realised I did not have enough family photographs or video clips due to lack of small children and their parents most weeks, because the toddlers had started back to nursery in the new year. I needed to organise something so I spoke with the Vicar and parents and grand parents regarding this. I was fortunate Brenda’s grandchild was there this week, this was due to the parents having child development and progress report at the nursery, so I took as many special moments and captured as many different expressions that I could just in case no others could make it to my last shoot the following week.
Because of the interview the Vicar gave whilst I recorded her using the zoom was very much about young families and family events held at the church, I realised I must produce more work that is coherent with the voice over for the video.