The talk was given to us by John Duncan, the editor, he studied photography.
- The magazine is based in Northern Ireland, similar to Aperture Magazine.
- Up until 1995 the magazine was in black and white.
- Each issue has three portfolios of individuals
- Duncan suggested when we graduate it’s the kind of magazine we should submit our work to. There is a graduate section on their website.
- In 2000 the format of the magazine changed
- They used to have someone who decodes advertising – Judith Williamson.
- Neither has been a three year project
- Based Kaliningrad – between Poland and Lithuania.
- Stayed with young women there – who told her about the place (audio recordings).
- She made six visits each around a month long.
- Preferred not to use a translator – lost emotion and it was a translation so it might be slightly interpreted.
- The project was on film
- She didn’t go with a specific visual strategy
- There is little knowledge of the place this is why she asked the women
- She exhibited the work and didn’t like it
- Looked at a Dutch graphic designer –who does physical books – very tactiel
- Met with him after sending a PDF of her work.
- She didn’t want to give him guidelines or rules – she just wanted to show the emotion.
- Didn’t want to misrepresent
- Collected diary entries from the women
- Gave him the images she wanted to use they did a yes, no and maybe pile to work out what actually went in.
- First type: horizontal cover with vertical pages used strips of text but the portraits had no text.
- Then it changed to a square book and pages
- The front was a quote from a diary entry.
- The back of the booklet of the text they sent her
- Didn’t want an introduction as she felt it wasn’t needed
- She got photos of the grandparents from around World War II
She said when going to the printers you will be sent:
- All pages, proper paper and size but no images
- Only photos.
She decided to be self published so she could have control and she didn’t like the cost.
The text in the middle describes a story of a girl leaving a nightclub and meeting a guy, it describes her thoughts, Nolan felt it is simple and something people can relate to.
The whole thing is self funded but still she only wants the book to be a reasonable price of £7/8.
She is considering an E-book.
- Studied at Belfast University
- Project called ‘Path We are Walking’
- He walked around South of France, Portugal and Spain, he would walk 30-40 km a day
- He tried to capture this idea of walking is a way of relaxing even a form of mediation
- He looked at details of the photo before he took it
- He didn’t want to say where any of the photos were taken
- He used a digital camera – canon 5D mark II, 35mm lens
- Edited the images down using small printed out images.
- He had 43 final images
- He wanted something that naturally flows.
- He was drawn to the idea of using a small book
- He didn’t want to use a landscape book and didn’t like books that lost part of the images in the gutter
- Wanted the book to be accessible
- He barely edited the photos – tried to keep the photos natural
“If someone is looking at the design rather than the images you’re doing something wrong”
He suggests when creating a book you should think of:
- Where image goes on the page
He didn’t want to lose money when making the nook