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Decision Making

Having spoken to people who have been following this blog…(namely my Mum and my housemates), I’ve narrowed my decision down to these three designs.

 

Design 1

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I think Design 1 is likely to be the final submission because the text truly belongs on the picture. The font, colours, positioning and even how the text looks lit up from the natural light on the wall.

 

Design 2

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This was a favourite amongst people but I feel that the headline looks as though it has been placed there through default, as there is nowhere else for it to go, which is the truth. There needs to be more space between Joshua and the headline, and this is more evident when we can see the perfection of the above design.

 

Design 3

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I still can’t move away from this initial design although it was only my Mum that agreed with me. I just really like how the headline works alongside the images. However, it received criticism that when in context with a double page it might look too divided because of the headline having two bits to it and the pictures being quite different. It was also thought that the tattoo detail looks as though it belongs within the story but maybe not as an establishing shot, which I think is a valid point.

 

So all in all, I think it’s likely I’ll choose Design 1 but I’m going to print out all 3 in preparation for submission to see how it looks physically on paper.

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Sunday Times Magazine

I’ve started with what I consider a more standard editorial layout. The Sunday Times Magazine is known for its in-depth journalism and  high quality photojournalism on a range of subject matter.

Although I’d say the design is fairly safe, it does its job and is sympathetic to its content. The pages speak well to its audience with full bodied journalism that is tidy on the page and photo stories often involving much more negative space for interpretation and contemplation.

I have chosen numerous spreads from The Sunday Times Magazine that contain elements I like and elements I don’t like.

 

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These first pages are stuck on my wall as they contain elements I particularly like. FIrstly, I find myself drawn to establishing images that don’t fill the page but cross over like this, linking the two pages and leaving a natural column for the headline and title and possibly even the start of the story.

The headline is placed underneath the standfirst but is still the first text the eyes are drawn to as it is a more familiar headline font that is bold, larger and a darker colour. I think its clever how a quote is used as the headline, giving the article a sophistication.

I like the choice of colour for the standfirst, which compliments the green that sits alongside the text and brings out the similar tones of the subjects face, hair and in particular her eyes strengthening the imagery and overall layout.

The space at the top and bottom of the page is important I think as it places the content well on the page, as though it’s meant to be there. I think it’s a similar psychology to photographers cropping subjects too close to the edge – it creates an uneasy feeling when looking at it.

There is crucial information contained in the far corners of the page, that tell the viewer everything they need to know without needing to leave the page: the title of the magazine, the page number, who has written the article/who the article is about.

The left alignment of the text is classic but I don’t think on this occasion it would work aesthetically in any other way as the picture doesn’t leave enough room for it to be centred and a right alignment would create an odd space in between.

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This simple story page contains a few essential elements that I’ve noted such as a captioned image. The image alone would not be informative journalism.

The quote gives a black and white page colour making it a more visually dynamic and less intimidating page, where the content is a text majority.

Similar to the establisher page, the content is aligned to the left creating negative space to the right, separating the article from the advertisement and keeping it neat as well as not overwhelming the reader. There is also a similar space between the quote and main body of text which has the same affect on the page.

 

 

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I prefer this style of establishing layout less than the previous as I think it’s difficult to make text look good on top of a photograph in this editorial style. I also enjoy seeing white around a photograph, which places the image on the page.

If I’m honest, I find it difficult to describe why I dislike this style of layout. It’s more of an unsettled feeling that I am trying to justify that knowing the objective reasons as there is nothing ‘wrong’ with it. It becomes about personal taste.

I think it is because I am too aware of the text and its placement on the photograph. My mind becomes a cursor, moving the text around the page to where I might have placed it instead, rather than being able to just absorb the image and read the words.

I do like the simplicity of the headline, standfirst and credit. The designer could have chosen the writing to be in the vibrant red but I think that the impact would have taken away from the polar bear. White is clean and simple, as the picture says it all.

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Unlike the journalism article, the picture essay article contains much less writing and more negative space. The emphasis being on the pictures telling the story.

There are eleven pictures in total. I have chosen this page just to show the style of layout. I think it is because of the amount of pictures, the writing element is less necessary. If the story were to be these three pictures alone, we would need more explanation.

My article will only be two double page spreads long and contain maybe three to five pictures so more writing is going to be necessary to carry the story – I think.

 

 

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I’m less keen on this layout in the same article about Sally Potter. I find all the gaps of space unpleasing to the eye, as there seems to be no structure to them. I also can’t figure out why the Judi Dench text is aligned to the right as opposed to Julie Christie and Jude Law, which are both alligned to the left.

 

 

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I wanted to use this an example of headline style I really dislike. Boxes in pictures is something I think looks really intrusive. I can see that it is useful, for images that don’t contain enough negative space to drop text on top of, but I think it looks awful.

To me, this whole spread looks overcrowded, which is probably due to the huge adverts, forcing headlines on top of pictures and dropping text anywhere that’s left.

Photography or art needs to rule the page and at the same time allow space for reflection.  Luckily I won’t have to deal with any compromises such as advertisements.

 

 

 

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Choosing a story

A key part to this assignment will be choosing a story that works well in an editorial format. I don’t just want the pictures to be strong,  I need them to be flexible enough to allow me to play around with the design of 2 DPSs.

Having looked back at my work, I think I have three possibilities but there is one story that I know I really want to work with, which is Mortlake Road.

Please note: Any scanned work at this stage will be rescanned if used in the editorial to obtain maximum resolution. 

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All images © Amy Romer 2014

 

This set of images has been taken from ‘The Establishing Image’ where we were to find the opening image of a picture story, based around the theme ‘Isolation’.

I chose to photograph my Great Aunt and Uncle – Hugh and Jean Romer. Both are in their 90s and live in a large house in Kew Gardens. For the past year or so, they have been living mostly in the bedroom, as their physical ailments worsen and their dementia continue to grow.

It was a subject I found difficult to photograph, not only because of the nature of the story but because of my relation to them. Although I only took 36 frames (my average for a shoot is 3-4 roles) I think I managed to achieve my strongest set of pictures to date. I think that when there is a tension between subject and photographer, better pictures will often come from it.

I chose to use the bottom picture as my ‘Establishing Image’. I think the picture makes you want to read the story. Her ghostly face and awkward positioning on the stairs creates an eerie quality as she moves from darkness to the light.

I am also very aware that this shot would make an ideal opening shot to an editorial as it contains plenty of negative space to place text. I shot the picture like this because the only way to get a decent exposure was to include the light source in the frame, which I hoped would add to the banality and sadness of the picture.

I then have a choice of 4 pictures for the second DPS. I could use all or just one. I think they all have a place within the story. They were all taken for a reason and I can talk about those reasons within the text. However, I may find that aesthetically something isn’t quite working or the design isn’t allowing for all the images and I will have to make a decision based on what I feel is most important.

My next step is going to be checking the other two stories I considered using.

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