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AGP677 Briefing

The briefing, presented by Mark; outlined what the next steps will be with continuing the process of the completion of our Final Major Project. He highlighted to us the structure we should be following in order to maintain a good level of time management for our project, which is something I struggle with during production.

As I will be undertaking the roles of Photography and Styling, my potential outcome is more likely to be editorial based and will take the form of either a Magazine or Photography book, which will hopefully meet the criteria of a published outcome. The exhibition of our final work needs to be supported by a body of development indicative of experimentation, which will be my continued sketchbook that will highlight the key aspects I have taken from my research during Task 1. The idea is that by documentaing all images taken, we have have a catalogue of images to use for our portfolio.

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Performative Spaces

Over the past few weeks I have accumulated a series of unedited images inspired by the work of photographer Jason Oddy. Oddy succeeds at capturing structural solidity and provoking emotions through the use of empty space. It expanded my research from the performance of human interaction to objects. I was fascinated by his minimalistic style and attempted to encapsulate it in my response to his photos. The next few photos presented are images taken by Jason Oddy followed by my response to the photos, by adapting and using the building I’m surrounded by in everyday life. My own images are currently unedited, as I hope to correlate them to Oddy’s work my precisely through post production in my sketchbook.

Jason Oddy, ‘The Village’ VI, Houari Boumediene University of Science and Technology, Bab Ezzouar, Algiers, 2013
Emily Mobbs, Back of Waterstones, Brigthon, England, 2021

Using Jason Oddy’s work as inspiration encouraged me to view my surroundings as more structural and I found myself hunting for the geometrics within buildings. It was a very mathematical form of photography and differed from human photography; it felt performative as I would look for spaces that I thought were emotive and carried a form of satisfaction, through the use of symmetry and shapes.

Jason Oddy, Neue Prora, Rügan Island, Germany, 2000
Emily Mobbs, Pelicanos, Brighton, England, 2021
Jason Oddy, Palace of Nations, Geneva, Switzerland, 1999
Emily Mobbs, East Street, Brighton, England, 2021

I continued my experimentation on a trip to London and was able to elaborate on my response to Jason Oddy’s work as I was surround my a lot more extreme and large architecture. I found myself taking photos mainly of hallways and my perception of them was like a never ending hall of emptiness. I think empty was definitely the word I highlighted throughout this response as the meaning of the word duplicated from physical to emotive.

Jason Oddy, Corridor I, Mentouri University, Constantine, Algeria, 2013
Emily Mobbs, St Pancras Station, London, England, 2021
Jason Oddy, The Palace of Nations, Geneva, Switzerland, 1999
Emily Mobbs, St Pancras Station, London, England 2021
Jason Oddy, Magnolia, Prophylactorium, Odessa, Ukraine, 1999
Emily Mobbs, Victoria line, London, England, 2021
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Photography & Lighting Workshop

Colour Card. Used to colour co-ordinate all images to create consistency in an editorial. 2021. Photography and Lighting Workshop.

The L6 Photography and Lighting refresher workshop was extremely helpful and reminded me how to use the studio and equipment safely and efficiently. The photography team showed us some really useful tips that could speed up the studio and editing process. I tried to take photos of any props or settings I thought would help me with my project in the future and enhance my editorial work. One prop I had never use before but will make sure to in the future, was the colour card; a board of colours used to speed up the editing process. By holding the board in front of the camera and taking a photo of the model or set you wish to use, you can then place the Eyedropper tool in Adobe Lightroom over a colour on the Colour Card panel and use the preset it suggests to adjust the photographs taken during the shoot. I think the colour card will contribute to creating consistency in my shoots and elevate my editorial work.

With the Photography and Lighting workshop just consisting of Lara and myself, we were able to ask a lot more questions and experiment with the props spoken about such as a soft box, snoot, beauty dish, colour gels, reflectors and the umbrella. Moving forward I want show the use of the studios facilities throughout my experimentation to make sure my shoots look as professional as possible. By establishing what props should be used and when I gained a better understanding of the effects I can create on the model and set for my future editorial work.

Umbrella. Used to soften the spotlight. 2021. Photography and Lighting workshop.

By experimenting with the lighting and props it was a lot easier to understand, hopefully speeding up the process when doing my own shoots. We experimented with aperture, lighting and colour gels.

The images displayed show Lara and I changing the sides of the spotlight by using a snoot and softening the light by using an umbrella. We were able to experiment with the strength of the fill light and aperture by altering both and balancing it out through the use of a light meter. For future shoots I know a definitely want to experiment with the gels more to create a colourful environment and use fill lights to add dramatic effect during much darker shoot.

Experimenting with fill light settings. Fill light 3. 2021. Photography and Lighting workshop.
Experimenting with fill light settings. Fill light 3. 2021. Photography and Lighting workshop.
Experimenting with fill light settings. Fill light 5. 2021. Photography and Lighting workshop.
Colour gels. Experimenting with lighting strength and colour gels. 2021. Photography and Lighting workshop.
Adjusting aperture but maintaining the spotlight strength. 2021. Photography and Lighting workshop.
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Week 2: Afternoon Tutorial

In the afternoon tutorial I was conflicted, after visiting the magazine shop in the morning I wanted to pick a magazine I felt imitated the style of work I want to produce. My indecisiveness can often lead me to get distracted and result in research that doesn’t relate to my theme. In order to keep my directed study efficient, I asked my tutor which out of the magazines I was looking at would be the most relevant to my concept. There are several magazines that include editorials that I feel inspired by such as Dazed and ID, however although viewed as high fashion editorials, can still be considered a ‘Newsagent’ magazine; and I wanted to research into ones that were more independent.

Following the advice of my tutor I purchased copy of Puss Puss magazine, a platform for fashion, culture and music, containing editorials by different photographers and stylists that replicate work that I hope to produce. Moving forward I hope to look at photographers work included in magazines such as Puss Puss, SSAW and 032c in order to form research pages that I can include in my sketchbook.


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Week 2: Morning Tutorial

After this mornings tutorial I really solidified my concept, the collaboration of performance and runway. The tutorial has given me a clearer insight into where and how to follow through with my self directed study; my aim is to consolidate my own relationship with shows and fashion, to pay more attention to the editorials I’m attracted to and why. The exploration of how the boundaries between presentation and shows are aligned should enable me to evaluate the editorials and designers I research from a consumer perspective, allowing me to pay more attention to my attraction to the work and whether it is enhanced by the production.

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AGP676 Concept Development

This week I made it a priority to develop the concept of my research in order to build the foundations for my final major project. I personally struggled with finding a balance between simplicity and a topic I was genuinely passionate about. In an attempt to not over complicate my research, I thought of factors that would influence my decision; I wanted to pick a topic that was relevant at present and something that would have a vast amount of sources, in order to expand my exploration. I’ve always been infatuated by the performative approach to runway fashion and how it can influence street couture; so for my final major project I want to investigate the collaboration between performance and runaway fashion.

My goal is to delve deeper into how a performative approach can elevate a runway show or editorial and how it can provoke consumer interest. By focusing on visual analysis I hope to communicate the evolution of runway fashion and experiment with the concept that the way a garment is displayed, whether that be on a dancer, in a specific location or worn doing a specific activity can influence the perspective of a collection. For my initial research I plan to explore past and current designers that have used performance to enhance their collections, alongside photographers and stylists that take an atmospheric approach to editorial work in order to help develop my own creative identity.

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Boys Don’t Cry

Behind the scenes of the Boys Don’t Cry shoot created as my role as Visual Promoter. We created this shoot with a playful undertone, looking at the issues surrounding the gender stereotypes men face that suggest they should hide their emotions to show strength. By breaking these stereotypes, we are removing the expectations and actively fighting toxic masculinity.

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This was our first Ident originally created to give our audience a sneak peek at what our magazine was about. Due to COVID a set was made and designed to fit the aesthetic of our magazine and was filmed in my personal student bedroom along side my housemate styled in retro clothing and make up. It’s a snippet of the activism and important content we wanted to include in our magazine. This was my first role as Visual Promoter and created our first visual piece of content for the TRIPT Instagram ran by myself, I felt it was successful and I adapted well under the current circumstances.

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Current Editorial research

 High end editorial research collages created for sketchbook use, that display some selected images conveying what can be found within a high end fashion editorial. Also included is some text experimentation using tools such as liquifying. testing what can be done with text format.



Polyester zine research colleges and title art experimentationsPolyester zine research collages

Polyester Zine research collages made for sketchbook use however I felt showed some creative experimentation replicating Polyesters text format and exploring their illustrative approach to editorials.





Contrasting collage of contemporary and high end editorials, consisting of Wonderland and Hot blush images. Hot Blush interact with majority of their audience through instagram however wonderland are recognised more though print.



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