Monthly Archives: February 2014

A note on typography

“A good typographer always has sensitivity about the distance between letters. We think typography is black and white. Typography is white. It is the space between the blacks that makes it. It’s a bit like music. It is the space between the notes that make the music.”

Massimo Vignelli

Taken from Helvetica, part of the BBC Imagine series, 2007

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The importance of pictures: a shift in content.

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(Left) Front page of The Times, 14th December 1788, (Right) September 11th 2001

Although it’s obvious that in 1788, there would have been no pictures on the fronts of newspapers, what I think is significant here is how on 9/11, The Guardian chose to completely abandon text, as it was the picture alone that would give the viewers the biggest impact. Firstly, because seeing  a single picture on the front of a newspaper with no text is actually quite an odd experience as we become so used to the tradition of front pages. And secondly, because viewing such a graphic image on such a large scale, was the only way the media could induce the shock factor once again on an audience that had already seen countless images of the event on the day it had happened – all on TV.

Images have become a greater means of communication than words. As John Berger states in Ways of Seeing, ‘No other kind of relic or text from the past can offer such a direct testimony about the world which surround other people at other times. In this respect images are more precise and richer than literature.’

Therefore, when we think of the story of 9/11, it is very much a visual experience and why deep consideration should be taken in the creation of any editorial.

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Jane Hilton Workshop

Jane Hilton Workshop

1st year Press & Editorial Photography students were lucky enough to have Jane Hilton travel down to Falmouth to give us a workshop in 5×4 large format photography at The Chainlocker pub, where she used reflectors and diffusers to deal with the particularly challenging ever-changing sunlight we experienced that morning.

It was brilliant being able to take a back seat and watch how it’s done by someone like Jane.

Myself and Jon Denham were asked to develop the negatives she had exposed during the workshops. I don’t think I have ever experienced such sweaty palms as when I was handling her negatives in pitch black.

All was okay though (phew!) and she has kindly mentioned us in her latest news feed on her website.

I recommend you check out her amazing projects Dead Eagle Trail – portraits of the American Cowboy and Precious – intimate portraits of the working girls of Nevada.

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Carleen Woodcraft Folk, West Cornwall, February 2014

As the third and final part of ‘The Relationship’, I visited the Cornwall branch of Woodcraft Folk.

Woodcraft Folk is something I attended when I was younger. Their motto states: ‘The Woodcraft Folk is a movement for children and young people, open to everyone from birth to adult. We offer a place where children will grow in confidence, learn about the world and start to understand how to value our planet and each other.’

I want to be able to recognise the links between the social structures of children and their political and social upbringing, in mind to eventually extend this project by looking at children’s welfare across the broader society.

This seemed like a good starting place.


Most of the session consisted of playing games that involved the group as a whole.


None of the children minded me photographing them at all. It was clear there were certain friendships or relations amongst them with the girls tending to separate themselves from the boys.


Introducing the colourful parachute caused great excitement amongst them all.Image

The age gaps between the group seemed to not matter as they all happy socialised with each other during games. Image

Towards the end of the session, the children were given print out photographs of their summer camp where they were to write a poem reflecting upon their time camping in the outdoors. 

Thank you to the Cornwall Woodcraft Folk and in particular to Jan Dinsdale for welcoming me to their session. I hope to be able to work with them again in the outdoors, once the weather lets us!

All images © Amy Romer 2014

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PEP160 Narrative & Storytelling 1: News, Editorial & Documentary

This blog is dedicated to a new module of my BA(Hons) Press & Editorial Photography course, where I am creating four double-page spread editorials based on two photo stories.

One will use an existing 35mm black and white photo story from module PEP110 (see previous posts on home page), and one will be made up of pictures from a current project, which can be either digital or 35mm analogue.

The main difference between the two double page spreads is that one will be made up from pictures where I have not necessarily shot for an editorial space, where as the second will be pictures I have shot specifically for the editorial space.

For the second double page spread, I have the option to use digital pictures, which opens doors to potentially creating a layout with colour images as opposed to black and white. I will also be given complete control over how many images I can use for the establishing page and the main body, where as for the first spread, I am limited to one picture for the establishing spread.

In a world where there are fewer and fewer jobs within the editorial process, it is necessary to be the ‘architect’ of your own work. Not just being able to take a photograph as a photographer, but to also be the picture editor, journalist, designer and art director.

This blog will hopefully take you on my journey of creating the editorial. I will post what I have been inspired by, my choices of negatives and digital files, the scanning/digital editing processes, successes and struggles with InDesign, lecture notes and so on.

So if you have an interest in creating editorials but don’t know much about it – you may find this page interesting/useful/boring/rubbish.

See you on the next post.

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STORMS – A Collective Photography Exhibition, Number 20 Wine Bar, Penryn, 20th February – 20th March 2014

ANYBODY IN, AROUND OR NEAR(ISH) TO FALMOUTH (Yes – including Devon people!! Although on this occasion I would highly recommend the A30 as opposed to any form of barely existing public transport), please come and visit STORMS – A Collective Photography Exhibition, which documents the recent storms which have hit the South West. The exhibition is likely to contain some pretty epic pictures, and there’s one of mine in there too.

The Private View will take place tomorrow, Thursday 20th February at 7pm and the exhibition will be running for one month. Please come and tell all your friends to come too.

Number 20 Wine Bar, Lower Market Street, Penryn, Cornwall


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MOD Marine Engineers Doug Stembridge and Tom Street volunteer at Diggin’ It, Plymouth, 4th February 2014

As I’ve previously posted, Diggin’ It is a charity that aims to support schools and isolated members of the community in the development and sustainability of gardens using organic techniques.

Since our 24 hour university project where I visited Diggin’ It for the first time, I’ve continued making trips trips, partly to volunteer myself and partly to continue photographing. 

On this particular day, they had engineers from the MOD volunteering as part of their compulsory training. As they worked and chatted, I photographed their interactions, hoping to capture a moment between the two of them for my current university project – ‘The Relationship’.







All images © Amy Romer 2014

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