Instagram Placement Test
Unfortunalty due to Covid-19 I have been unable to get into the local archive to get good quality digital copies of the original images. However, I have included the watermarked versions from the archives website. The water marked images can be replaced with good quality copies before release. I would like to release this in the run up to the release of the film and as a counterpart piece to the film. I think it conveys a narrative that partnered with the film could add an interesting dynamic to my folio as well as some traction to the viewing of the film.
I am really happy how this transitions onto the platform and I feel it has a strong easily conveyable narrative. Instagram's marking on the timeline, where multi add is being used, is also a useful aid to usability.
I am really happy about how it looks as a whole. The use of white space gives breathing room to the subject. With the designs functionality really drawing from the original styles I looked at. I made the choice to showcase the photographs by not over designing the layout so that the narrative and the story becomes the main feature. I also included the use of text styles determined earlier in MA Creative practice through the Materials and Processes unit, so as to keep continuity with the project as a whole.
Description for Instagram Caption
The "Castle Craigs" is a heritage walk that's observed by the community of Eskdale all year round. It's also a community event that is ridden and walked as a notable part of Langholm Common Riding each July. The event will not taking place due to Covid-19, a first since it's inception in 1759. Given this absence and the current constraints on social gatherings I wanted to explore the communities relationship with the journey. Using a collection of archive material and personal photography taken whilst on the walk, I hope to communicate the experiences through contemporary technology.
Approached planning layout initially by moving the different location names around on the layout and trying to find something that worked. I realised pretty quickly that this was the wrong approach. To curate this well I have to be lead by the content itself. Going through this and selecting key pieces of information for the main timeline will begin as the basis of the structure.
Key information to hold the narrative.
I wanted to organise this in the order that it would be posted. I began thinking of opening and closing using an archive photograph, in a way that scrolling through is akin to walk in and out of the history of each place as well as on the greater timeline. I felt that leading and closing images from archive material would also contextualise my present day photography well.
I realised there is no obvious written explanation to the subject matter and to the context in the presentation of the photographs. Initially I was thinking of it as with a print context, however with further work I realised the obvious, I could use Instagrams description feature to provide a written context.
I've decided to focus on developing for instagram as this fits within the given time constraints due to the covid 19 project change.
Experiments with placing on main timeline
After numerous experiments with the layout of the photography I settled on this as the final timeline. Developing over a large photoshop file and cropping to individual images so as to keep continuity on the Instagram timeline. I changed the "Proclamation of the Langholm Town Fair" to the original wording so that when swiping it changes to the quote from the walk. I also removed the final image as I wanted to include this with the images of the "Crying of the Fair" at the Castle Craigs.
Multi add layouts.
Creating the multi add layouts, I built from the basic grid structure which I had created for the main timeline. Using solo slides I extended them in photoshop, which enabled me to include the photographs that overlap images and extend on this separately of the main timeline.
I'm really pleased with the ways these tied together and communicated more on each place rather than the theme as a whole. I think this enables more of the personal memories and reflections to come through in the images. It gives the different themes space to establish themselves.
To determine the basis for the lay outs for release I have to determine where digitally the project will be placed.
My original thoughts with this were to release digitally. If there is the option to distribute physically in future I would also be open to this. With time restraints I am moving away from looking for a digital pdf style and more to self release through social media which also ties in with creating work for my port folio that is social content based.
Looking at different social channels, I would like to focus on Facebook and Instagram. I feel Facebook will communicate with a local audience better and Instagram more nationally and internationally. Also with Instagram many online publications are doing features of re-sharing artists work, so this would be a good way to generate interest around not only my work but the up and coming film work I hope to produce over the summer months.
Options Moving Forwards
I think I am going to pursue content that fits on Instagram and Facebook by creating single images, that make up a layout on the Instagram grid structure, and which additionally can stand alone. More images can be navigated through on the scroll function. Layouts altered can be reformatted for single poster style images for Facebook.
When researching Fan Ho, Bauhaus came up and up as a movement that informed his work. With his work informing mine so much, I was interested in the design from the Bauhaus movement in informing the presentation of the work.
Elements I'd like to pull from Bauhaus style design
Other Design Informing Layout
My taste in design is still pretty clean cut using a lot of white space
Elements I'd like to emulate
Graphic style coming from previous work
Materials and Processes
I would like to explore different narratives within the work, pairing of the current images to create groups of information. I would also like to explore with these groups way to tell the narrative. Should it be chronological with how you would walk traditionally, or the direction we walked, or if there is any other lines to follow? I also want to use both the edited black and white photographs alongside minimally edited photographs because there are ones which I prefer over others. I feel using both ties the present to the past well.
Langholm - Broomholmshields
When we met at the round house I introduced the ideas I was exploring to my guide. We discussed these until I had answered all his questions. There was a moment of silence and he began to spontaneously recite the proclamation of the Langholm Town Fair, with a twist
Where horses traditionally stop on Castle Craigs Ride Out.
Try and say Perterburn without rolling your r's. My guides words where "gotta roll your rs like the Spanish arrrrrrrriiiiibbbaaaa" or have the most scottish accent to say it was also the observation
Whita Hill Moor
Whilst sitting on a bench on the way home overlooking the town, I heard the humming of the local balad a "There's a Wee Bit Toon" coming from next to me. We both sang the chorus together.
There was various themes I stated I would like to explore within this photography series. Post shooting I would like to analyse the photographs thematically so the best narrative can be put forwards when published.
What I said;
I feel like the variation of landscape and the people of Langholms relation to this walk through its ties to common riding could allow me to explore multiple themes such as
I would like to shoot with these in mind when walking the walk as a whole and fill any potential gaps in this by revisiting sections of the walk I think as subjects could be explored more with regards to narratives and themes communicated through work.
I obviously would still like to work with these themes and curate images that when paired together tell these stories. I feel like there is great potential here though.
Revisiting Cronksbank - Tarras Ford
Really Struggled to find time to visit sites repeatedly. Did take some audio footage on my visit to the ford but have struggled to find time to do more. If more time was available I would have like to be able to sit in the landscape and sketch and take time documenting it more however the time restraints that occurred due to Corona don't allow this.
Throughout the first trimester of MA Creative Practice I developed an interest of including archive materials. I wanted to explore the local archives to look for some potential of including them in the publication pairing it with current photography.
Looking through the archive some of these are amazing and would pair beautifully with photographs I have taken. I'd really like to include them in the final publication. I will have to recontact the local archive group to get permission to use these. These all are focused around the Castle Criags, I think I may cross reference and check the places too.
Original selections and edits.
Selecting these photo's, I experimented with the contrast and saturation a little to bring them up. I want to definitely pair a few of them together to create a narrative.
Altogether I feel each brings their own style.
Edited in post in Fan Ho style
Prefer a lot of these edited in this style
I walked the full walk a sunny Saturday in Lockdown. Altogether it was 13.3km/8.3 miles on mainly track but then finishing crossing the heather moor on sheep paths and then onto the road, before cutting down the hill to the town and down the kirk wynd. This is basically the opposite way to what the horses ride on the Castle Craigs. I chose to do it this way after taking advice from locals who walk it regularly. I undertook the walk with the guidance of a friend who walked it with his mother regularly as a child. Having grown up further north of the town I am unfamiliar with a lot of the local walks and don't feel 100% confident about not getting lost on the moor.
We originally planed a route which both me and my guide where confident in, which mainly followed tacks and roads.
How ever when between Broomholmshields and the Laverock Hide we met another local who is known for walking, who gave us directions to a path that cuts across the moor and onto the road further up, which is the actual path to walk the loop. So we took a leap of faith and attempted to find the path and walked across the back of the moor and up onto the road. I mapped the alternative route here. Obviously there is a slight discrepancy in what I walked on my tacker on my phone and looking at the route afterwards and mapping it. But, it gives a pretty good idea of elevation and terrain walked across.
Photographs taken on the day
These are all the images I took on the walk. However I then selected a few of these to further edit and explore using as a narrative.
Obviously I want to push these further and look at ways I can compose them within a page layout to convey narratives that parallel the themes that I identified in earlier work. I also want to play with exposure, contrast and with saturation in post production. I really would have liked to shoot on film however due to Covid-19 I don't have access to the materials to do so. I would however like to emulate this effect a little within the photographs to create more timelessness as digital quality can often place photographs within the present.
Other notes taken on walk
I also took notes on my phone of bits of conversation and other observations while I was out on the walk. I'd really like to go and get some of the noises of the walk. The sounds of feet crunching, the heather bristling against clothes, the birds and the sound of water because this actually is what I heard more over conversation because of social distancing we had to observe and the fact my guide is 6ft 4 and could stride ahead.
Filled out notes
I planned to do this as an initial test walk. I was unsure about doing the long distances and shooting themes, I then realised I'm not trying to publish a 100 page book and one walk might be enough.
To paraphrase Bruce Lee - walking the walk 100 times might be better than walking each one once.
I feel like the walk optimises the Common Riding connection by being the ride out that young aspiring men do to become part of the Castle Craigs Club and have the chance of being elected Cornet, leader of the Common Riding.
I originally planned this route however I am not so confident doing the walk so I asked a local who has walked it since a young age to accompany me. I am interested in the conversations this brings too and the memories of place.
This walk is long, being 14.47 km and I have a feeling I will have some sore legs and a very tired puppy after it.
Previous ones used
During developing ideas for previous project doing work within the pub I began to explore different ways of recording my experience by using a mixture of;
Previously working I had also obviously used film and audio. Sketching however was new to me and I had brought this in later on after Lucy Hadleys Lecture.
I have found that using various techniques of documenting situations helps as an aid to my memory and really allows me to capture the moment more accurately when creating content.
I'd really like to revisit the walk multiple times and I think this would be nice to do approaching it with different documenting techniques.