HND Photography Student

A weblog following my progression towards HND Photography in 2005 & 2006

Monday, July 03, 2006

Closing night

So that's it. It's all over now. For one reason and another, we actually inadvertently had the exhibition extended by 2 days, and it was taken down today.

I was disappointed with the lack of feedback: 2 responses, but from people I know. I did wonder that it might have been taken more seriously in a different venue, but you live and learn.

Some photographs from the opening day are here. They show us installing the exhibition. The opening night was one of those affairs where I was far too busy talking to actually take any photos.

And this is the last week of the HND. There's little left to do now, and I'm off on holiday on Thursday.

This must be the last post.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Opening night

Today has been busy and stressful. Here was me thinking that I wouldn't need a full day to organise things. In the end, all of it was needed, with about 45 minutes to spare.

The worst 'surprise' was the exhibition boards supplied by the supposed sponsors. They looked like big paste tables. To our horror, we later discovered that paste tables are generally better constructed and finished - one of them was half varnished, and under the spotlights from the lamps in the theatre, varnush on the other began to dry out. We improvised, and asked for some oil from the cafe. We then smeared then with this - and they didn't look too bad. But we shouldn't have had to do this.

Lots of people turned up later, including my contact from GMCND. There's a possibility of my stuff appearing at the Big Green Gathering, in the CND marquee, which is promising.

Plus, a good friend of mine turned up from London, which was really a big surprise.

An exhausting day - should be interesting to see what comes from it.

(I will post photos that I took during the day later)

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Contact made

My press pack paid off. I heard from Greater Manchester CND and Friends of the Earth. GMCND were kind enough to publicise the exhibition on their website, and although FoE may not be able to make it, at least they acknowledged my press pack.

I am somewhat disappointed with those who didn't contact me: MEN, North West Enquirer, Big Issue, the Guardian and especially Greenpeace who have only recently put up a new page on their website about - possible nuclear waste dumping sites! Oh well...

My prints are now mounted and cut to shape, with black foam board backing ready to go too.

I'm not nervous, just eager to get on with things.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Press pack & new and shiny Flickr set

I put together my own press pack, and sent them out today. I've notified local press in Manchester, as well as the one national newspaper that I can tolerate (the Guardian), as well as pertinent organisations (CND, Greenpeace, FoE etc). So we'll see what happens.

In the meanwhile, I've altered the set of the final 10 images on Flickr, adding titles and my thoughts on the images themselves, which is here.

The only thing left to do now is to mount my images, either tomorrow or Wednesday night.

Friday, June 16, 2006

Exhibition leaflets are here!

The leaflets arrived at last!

Leaflet 1

I can't put alongside the originals because I handed that in with my submitted work this week. But they look great, despite a couple of errors - I think I was too hasty to get them to the printers.

I also bought this leaflet box off Ebay which can be fastened to the diplay board. Everything is well and truly coming together now.

So now I think I need to work on my own press pack, to be sent to relevant organisations and selected press early next week.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Nothing left

There's nothing left to hand in. Last night, I surrendered everything I had left to my tutor. So it's all over now, in terms of submitted work. There were some last minute things to do last night - finishing off the workbooks, filling out a 'common skills' log book. I typed up a couple of evaluations that I'd left to the last moment on Tuesday night (late).

Plus I got back some of the film I exposed for Unit 25, but it's too late for that now.

We all collectively produced a press pack, mainly for inclusion with our submitted work, but also to be sent out to various publications. Apart from the flier, it also contains an A4 poster, a press release, and a DVD with a presentation containing parts of our work and artists statements. It looks good:

Press Pack

So now I have to work on my own press materials, although I'm still waiting on my leaflet to arrive back from the printers. I'm hoping it arrives soon so I can get something out fo early next week.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006


...all the final images are printed. 3 out of 5 needed very little adjustment, whereas 2 needed correction here and there. Now for mounting next week, when I get hold of some foam core board.

I also decided on how they will be displayed tonight. This is as important as any other stage of the whole process. We tried different combinatons, swapping the places of some images, gauging any reactions to the order of the display, and adjusting accordingly until I was satisfied.

But I'm not revealing the display here, as that's for the exhibition itself. Maybe some time afterwards?