I printed out the 20 ‘yes’/’maybe’ images from last editing attempt and took them away on holiday with me, in case inspiration struck. As it turned out, I only got the images out to look at once, in my hotel room in between visiting exhibitions at the Arles photography festival. My edit on that occasion is below.

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I confess, I ran out of steam/inspiration at this point and put the prints away for the rest of the trip. I think seeing hundreds of other photographs at a couple of dozen exhibitions was a tad overwhelming.

OCA North meeting

I took the prints to an OCA North study group meeting. It’s a cross-functional group and this time there were three photographers and two drawing students.

We spent quite a bit of time reviewing my images and first of all editing the 20 down to 15, then working on a few different ideas for sequencing.

I found this exercise enormously useful, particularly on the sequencing side. Other people bring their own ideas and viewpoints, and I came away with lots of options that I wouldn’t have come up with on my own.

One aspect I found particularly interesting was that the drawing students looked at the images in a slightly different way to the photography students – more in terms of formal qualities such as colour palette, lines, shapes, even textures.

In terms of a sequence, we considered images in pairs and groups of three, in terms of both matching and deliberately separating similar images(to provide a kind of rhythm to the sequence). I explained that the loose intent was for the sequence to resemble a walk around a particular area, being reminded of things along the way. One idea that arose from this was to make the subject matter move from more urban to more rural – this injected an element of narrativity that was previously missing.

Big thanks to Helen, Kay, Lynda and Andrew for their time and advice.

Current edit

Following the above meeting I have replaced one of the above images and swapped two places but maintained the gist of the overall sequence. Below represents my current (maybe final?) A5 edit.

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Next steps

I’m planning to draft up a set of 15 images in what I believe to be the final A5 presentation format, for discussion at the next student hangout.