Experimentation, Final Project, Project Development

Final Major Project: Making an Instagram Style Video

During one of the photoshoots, I decided to try and recreate an Instagram style makeup video. As someone who does not wear makeup, the result is a little tongue in cheek. The original (copyrighted) music was replaced using a royalty-free track provided by YouTube.

Please be warned…colouring your eyebrows with mascara will leave you with crunchy, thick black eyebrows as it is incredibly difficult to remove!

Original Video

 

I used PremierePro to crop the video into a square ready to share online.

Square Crop (for online sharing)

 

The Instagram post. The reactions and comments should be interesting as many people take these videos really seriously.

 

 

 

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Final Major Project: Collaboration

During this project, I have been helped tremendously by Alley Stallard. Alley is a friend, a makeup artist, and studio owner.

All my portraits were shot in her studio as it is the place I feel at home, creative, and safe to push my own boundaries. Alley is always there to make me a coffee, help me with my makeup (often correcting my mistakes!), put on excessive numbers of false lashes, and she acts as my assistant during the shoot.

I generally use a remote trigger during shoots, but there are times (especially with props involved) that additional help is needed. For each shoot, the Nikon camera is mounted on a tripod and set up at the start with the lighting for that day. Alley will check each time a next makeup look is to be photographed, that I am still central in the image. Alley also presses the shutter on the Fuji XT-2 (also on a tripod) for the start of videos. I have now obtained a remote app on my phone to enable me to do this without help in the future.

I have been very lucky to have Alley’s help and support throughout the MA. Long may our fun-filled shoots continued. Thanks Alley!

 

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Final Major Project: Updated Press Release

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Jo Sutherst – Fractured Identities

31.07.18 – 11.08.18, Lansdown Gallery, Stroud, Gloucestershire

 

About the photographer:

A photographer with a rare chronic endocrine disorder (Addison’s Disease), Jo is also an engineer and teacher at Chosen Hill School, Gloucester. Born in Coventry and now based in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, Jo was shortlisted for the Picfair Women Behind the Lens award in 2018, Jo is interested in the psychology and emotions behind self-portraiture and what is actually feels like to be human in an ever increasingly online world. She is currently in the final stages of her MA in Photography at Falmouth University.

 

About the exhibition – Fractured Identities:

The endless electronic messages and stimulus we receive from social media and other visual sources cause us to analyse and judge ourselves extensively through the eyes of others. The self is eroded and broken down. As a result, we find ourselves changing who we appear to be to meet the expectations of others. In Fractured Identities, photographer Jo Sutherst uses performance and self-portraiture to explore the ways in which social media affects the ways in which we present ourselves. Using a series of often comical props and cosmetics designed to enhance appearance, Sutherst explores the world of the media generated selfie.

Each of us has control over our online representation. We have complete and absolute control over our devices. We post, text, tweet and update whatever we want. Our devices allow us to show the world who we want to be seen as. Yet we are detached and isolated from the viewer. We do not exchange conversation other than through text. We edit every selfie so that we get it just as we want it. We fine-tune, write and rewrite every caption so that it delivers the correct message. We come across as completely different people in our online and offline relationships.

We cannot gauge another’s response to the image or caption. We do not receive face-to-face feedback, and we lack the self-perception that comes with a real-life relationship. Behind the screens of our computers and phones, we portray ourselves exactly the way we want. We cannot always do this in real life.

Through our ever-increasing use of technology, we are invited to rewrite our identities. So, how can we know if what we are looking at is true – or not?

 

About Addison’s Disease:

Addison’s disease – also known as primary adrenal insufficiency or hypoadrenalism – is a rare disorder of the adrenal glands. Symptoms include dizziness, fainting, muscle weakness, fatigue, and exhaustion. (Source: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/addisons-disease/)

 

Contact Details:

josutherstphotography@outlook.com

www.fractured-identities.co.uk

www.josutherstphotography.co.uk

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Final Major Project: Exhibition Digital Photo Frame, Mobiles, and Tablet Framing Plans

As part of the digital element of the exhibition, I have been acquiring digital photo frames, mobiles, and tablets on eBay. These will each be mounted in a black box frame and installed alongside the prints on the walls. The designs and sizes sent to the framers are below.

Frames for digital photo frames and tablets:-

 

Frame for 2 mobile phones:-

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Final Major Project: Zine Version 3

Link to online version

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The font chosen throughout the zine is Proxima Nova (see previous post). This gave the best overall appearance in the quotes.

Each image was placed in an Instagram frame that I made from posting a white square on my account and screenshotted on an iPhone to get the right orientation, before deleting the post.

I created the layout in InDesign and sent a packaged version of this file to the printers. I will evaluate the final product when it arrives in July.

The cover is to be printed on 250gsm silk artboard with matt lamination on the outside. The inner pages are to be printed on 170gsm silk art paper. Full process colour throughout and stapled on the spine during assembly.

The intention is that this publication will be used during the exhibition to navigate through the image names, which will be formed from the individual reference numbers as shown below. (Note: MANIP refers to a digitally manipulated image).

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Final Major Project: Zine Version 2

Online Zine – Version 2

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This zine has been developed as an addition and support to the exhibition. The reference number given to each item will form the name of each image. The intention is that visitors to the exhibition will use the zine whilst viewing the work.

Each image has been placed on a blank Instagram post that I created. Quotes have been added as this reflects current Instagram feeds. Posting quote images on Instagram adds diversification to the content of an Instagram feed and humanises my content further. I intend to use these quotes on my feed in the run-up to the exhibition. Quotes encourage engagement and will slow down the viewer.  I will pair them with the planned QR codes to further increase engagement and time spent looking at my feed.

The fonts used need changing to one that is more recognisable as an Instagram font. This will strengthen the link to social media. The quotes need referencing in the final version.

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Final Major Project: Image Naming

The hardest part for me of every project is what to call each image. I decided to emphasise the obsessive nature of the selfie culture in the naming by assigning individual reference numbers to each piece of makeup etc used. These then will be used to name the images.  These reference numbers will be published in the supporting publication.

An example of this is shown below. (Note: MANIP refers to a digitally manipulated image).

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Final Major Project: Zine Version 1

First (very rough) version of a zine of the makeup and props used in the project.

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This layout does not work in my opinion. My initial idea was to have a ‘catalogue’ of the props and makeup used in the project. This version just looks like I have just randomly dumped images into a page, which is pretty much what I have done.

There are too many images on each page and their differing backgrounds are distracting. There is a mix of fonts and styles which need to be simplified down. The range of images works well together, as does the use of quotations.

This was produced in a rush, without due thought and care. The images are a bit meaningless in this format and this will distract rather than add to my exhibition. The whole idea needs serious reconsideration.

To consider:-

  • what do I want this zine to do?
  • how does it fit with the rest of the project?
  • is it really necessary?
  • what font to use?
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Final Major Project: Press Release

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Fractured Identities

The endless electronic messages and stimulus we receive from social media and other visual sources cause us to analyse and judge ourselves extensively through the eyes of others. The self is eroded and broken down. As a result, we find ourselves changing who we appear to be to meet the expectations of others. In Fractured Identities, photographer Jo Sutherst uses performance and self-portraiture to explore the ways in which social media affects the ways in which we present ourselves. Using a series of often comical props and cosmetics designed to enhance appearance, Sutherst explores the world of the media generated selfie.

Each of us has control over our online representation. We have complete and absolute control over our devices. We can post, text, tweet and update whatever we want. Our devices allow us to show the world who we want to be seen as. Yet we are detached and isolated from the viewer. We do not exchange conversation other than through text. We can edit every selfie so that we get it just as we want it. We fine tune, write and rewrite every caption so that it delivers the correct message. We can post whatever we want, without thinking twice. We often come across as completely different people in our online and offline relationships.

We cannot gauge another’s response to the image or caption. We do not receive face to face feedback, and we lack the self-perception that comes with a real-life relationship. Behind the screens of our computers and phones, we can portray ourselves exactly the way we want. We cannot always do this in real life.

Through our ever-increasing use of technology, we are invited to rewrite our identities. How can we know if what we are looking at is true – or not?

Born in Coventry and now based in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, Jo is an engineer, teacher and photographer. Shortlisted for the Picfair Women Behind the Lens award in 2018, Jo is interested in the psychology and emotions behind self-portraiture and what is actually feels like to be human in an ever increasingly online world. She is currently in the final stages of her MA in Photography at Falmouth University.

 

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Final Major Project: Shoot FMP#16 – Self-Portraits – 28th May 2018

During this shoot, I applied all of my makeup and did not seek help from a makeup artist as in previous shoots. Having my hair tied back adds to the intrigue as you can see more of my face.

The contouring makeup was applied in dots and patterns to create a graphic look. The most effective images are those where the contouring makeup has not been blended. There is, again, something strange and almost tribal about the makeup.

I also trialed various face exercising gadgets to see the effects these had.

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I created several more images for the unblended contouring image.

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All props and makeup were photographed for the zine.

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