M3 - Week 7: Publication Guidance

In my Research Project Proposal at the end of the Module 1 I wrote:

"It is hard to escape the thought that the good quality prints in a gallery space, online gallery and photobook would be perfect channels of communication with my potential audience, but I want to challenge that easy idea and look for other solutions."

Can't believe how naive I was. Any photobook produced using the ready templates and printed via Blurb may be indeed an easy idea but even that simple solution requires a lot of effort - from defining the subject, planning content to layout and styling execution. The really good one is much more demanding...

Dummy 1. Rita Rodner

Dummy 1. Rita Rodner

I started the works on my first ever photobook from displaying some prints and other related material on the walls - that was the instruction for the first activity this week.

I don't print a lot, usually only when I want to frame and put something on the wall. Printing and experiencing the physicality of the recent images was for me a lesson per se. I realized that there is an important difference between a real photograph and its digital source. Each printed copy is a unique piece with defined dimensions, texture, colours, imperfections etc. I really enjoyed the process and liked the collection even though it seemed to be too decorative. I realised that I definitely went too far into the packaging subject and my collection became a portfolio of environmental activist whom I am not. 

Sketch. Rita Rodner

Sketch. Rita Rodner

Second dummy was preceded by some sketches and mini tests.

I liked the result considering the amount of time I spend on it (not too much) but I knew that it is not exactly what I would like to develop further. I found the accordion layout too distractive, a bit clumsy and, what's most important, not supporting the works.

I received some positive feedback but I guess it was due to unconventional format rather than the effectiveness of it. And again, I did not like the fact that I am limiting the subject to postal supplies as it is only part of the world of objects and materials I'd like to include in my research project.