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13 Days until Private View: 24th March, Calumet London. 6pm onwards.

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A nice little feature on the Left A Bit blog: http://leftabitblog.tumblr.com

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More from the edit: Green Party canvassing for the 2015 general election at Whittington Estate, Highgate and Walker House, Somers Town

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The more I look the more I see. An obvious thing to say but as a photographer, it can be hard to see – particularly when you don’t know what you’re looking for.

This work has varying purposes. Firstly, it is a university project which is an open brief that I am creating as I go along.

Secondly, it is work that can be used by The Green Party for promotion, their website, social media, etc.

Thirdly, the nature of the subject matter and the fact that the general election is just around the corner, means that I’m now wondering who and where might publish my work.

On reflection of the weekend, I definitely found myself being pulled in various directions to please and meet the needs of others, which I think clouded my vision as a student trying to do a mini-feature on canvassing in London (which was the unofficial brief I’d written for myself for the weekend).

However, I think what I’ve got out of the weekend is something different to what I’d set out for, and is certainly not worse than what I’d planned. It’s just less prescribed and less linear.

It’s long-form story telling. And it will require more shoots with an open mind and eyes wide open.

I have to say it’s surprisingly relieving to not know what you’re looking for.

All images Amy Romer © 2015. All rights reserved.

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Editing. Printing. More editing.

I love big screens and Adobe Bridge but there isn’t anything quite like moving things around on an actual table.

And sadly, I’m very excited about doing this.

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I’ll be posting more from The Green Party edit tomorrow. It’s fun how everyday your eye seems to see something different. It might be that something you thought was good is actually crap, or that a picture you previously dismissed has somehow come alive.

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Green Party Action weekend, Highgate and St. Pancras, London, 29th February – 1st March 2015

This weekend was packed full of canvassing for The Camden Green Party. As well as officially promoting the Green Party in the build up to the 2015 general election, I’ve been trying to shoot my own work around their campaign, which I have found to be less successful as I’m still discovering what exactly my work is about. I’m hoping it will naturally evolve as time goes by and photographs continue to be taken.

So with my Green Party hat on, I’ll start by sharing what I’m happy with and continue posting as I discover more about my own project.

Green Party Leader Natalie Bennett and Camden Councillor Sian Berry take to the streets for canvasing on the Green Party Action Day, Highate, London, 28th February 2015

Green Party Leader Natalie Bennett and Camden Councillor Sian Berry at the local Farmers’ Market in Highgate.

Green Party Leader Natalie Bennett on The Green Party Action Day, Highgate, London, 28th February 2015

Leader of The Green Party Natalie Bennett, Highgate

Green Party Leader Natalie Bennett and Green Party members speak to members of the public  on the Green Party Action Day, Highate, London, 28th February 2015

Natalie Bennett, Green Party Action Day, Highgate

St. Pancras and Somers Town Councillor Tina Swasey canvases at Walker House in support of Leader Natalie Bennett's 2015 General Election campaign and her own byelection campaign, St. Pancras and Somers Town, London, 1st March 2015

St. Pancras and Somers Town candidate Tina Swasey canvasses at Walker House in support of Natalie Bennett’s 2015 election campaign and her own by-election, which will take place on the 5th March

Green Party members canvass at Walker House in support of Natalie Bennett's 2015 general election campaign, St. Pancras and Somers Town, London, 1st march 2015

Green Party members canvass at Walker House in support of Natalie Bennett’s 2015 election campaign, St. Pancras and Somers Town

Members of The Green Party canvasing in Walker House, St. Pancras and Somers Town, London, 1st March 2015

All images Amy Romer © 2015. All rights reserved.

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Adam Burton in preparation for his role as Mr. Stanford in The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable by Punchdrunk Theatre and in association with The National Theatre, The Old Paddington Post Office, London, 3rd July 2014

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Once a week, Adam Burton receives physiotherapy and acupuncture treatment from the company’s own therapist to treat a groin and knee injury, both of which occured during performances of The Drowned Man.

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Adam Burton eats his dinner of chicken thigh, avocado and salad leaves with one litre of chocolate milk in preparation for the evening show.

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Before each show, Adam Burton completes his warm-up routine in preparation for the physically demanding role he plays as Mr. Stanford.

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Adam Burton shaving for his role as Mr. Stanford.

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Adam Burton changing into costume in the mens dressing room.

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Adam walks through the audience prepared building where he will begin his role as Mr. Stanford.

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Adam Burton sits and waits for the first members of the audience to arrive into the room where he will begin his role as Mr. Stanford in The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable by  Punchdrunk Theatre, The Old Paddington Post Office, London, 3rd July 2014

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Final Spreads!

Final Submission:

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When writing the piece I realised that the tattoo was an important element of the story and so I had to make a decision as to where it would go and what I would take out as I think 7 images would be too busy on the page.

I decided to take the picture of Josh looking up at his Dad in the living room because Josh in the bath looking up at his Dad represents the same thing.

I considered taking out the top middle picture with the red walls in the background because I felt it was in danger of being too similar to the establishing page but I decided that the content was different enough and the unconcious mirroring of Paul and Joshua on the sofa was important. Also, they aren’t on the same page so having a similarity like that in’t really too much of an issue.

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The second page

How will my choice of establishing page affect the edit? 

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If I am to choose this layout I have to sacrifice the following:

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I don’t particularly want to lose this picture but I don’t think I can use it alongside the establishing shot. The scene is too similar despite being at different times of day. I think it’s unfortunately worth losing this in the edit in order to have the establishing shot as it is.

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My original edit. I think these moments are more interesting and tell more of a story than the narrative of a typical day for Paul and Joshua, which is how I edited some of the layouts in previous blog posts. Words can easily describe the simpler pictures I’ve missed out but I think it’s pictures like some of these that give photography it’s place in art and storytelling, as words fail to describe easily these moments in our lives.

Second page design alternative

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I think having six pictures that are all the same rectangular format limits the design as I don’t want to crop my images. I know in reality they might be cropped but I don’t really see a need and barely an opportunity so I’m happy to leave them.

I think between this and the original design, I prefer the original. The pictures need space between them as they work well in threes: the top being the activities and the bottom being at home.

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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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