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Hiatus from University …

Although the year is almost up, I have taken a step back from university, mostly due to depression and medical reasons.

I have been stuck in a rut for the past 2 years, and it is getting worse. Not being able to do my work is frustrating beyond belief, I can honestly say I have done nothing university related this year. Determination to succeed is the only thing keeping me on this track. I have goals, ambition that I need to do, it is just going to take me a bit longer than I originally thought.

So even though I am not finishing this year, I will pick up where I started and I will fight through everything in my own time. I will start posting again, maybe daily photos-simple things from around me, mostly phone photos, perhaps even a few things I am working on or older photos I haven’t shared yet to try and get my brain back into photography.

I hope everyone is well, I am not entirely sure about this post, but it is something that I wanted to say. Fingers crossed I will help myself back on the right path.

Ruby Blackthorn

Back to University

I am now on my second day back to university, and the realisation that the 3rd and final year is no longer looming ahead , but in fact is here right now. That is a little more than daunting, however also exciting.

I have decided to keep my blog up and running. This will be used to keep track of my thoughts , progress of my university work, personal work, etc. I guess a way to keep my thought in place along side my art journal.

Welcome to the 3rd year …

Conclusion for the Narrative Project

This unit has been one big up and down for me. There have been things I have forgotten to do, things I should and shouldn’t have done. There were so many times when I have just sat on my bed wishing that it would be over, that somehow with everything that has been going on that it would magically get finished on it’s own just like in the movies, Princess and the Frog (Disney)when Tiana wishes on a star … “You wish and you dream with all your little heart. But you remember, Tiana, that that old star can only take you part of the way. You got to help it along with some hard work of your own, and then, yeah, you can do anything you set your mind to.

I do feel ashamed that I have let everything effect me in the way it has, however I feel proud that I have managed to finished this unit. Im sure looking through it I will find holes and mistakes, but I still feel proud. I hope that I have done enough to warrant a pass at least.

If I could re-do this project I would definitely put more effort into the publication. I wanted to make a small book, but due to time I ended out making small prints. I would also have liked to put an old grain effect on my digital piece to give the video a more golden old’e feel much like in the silent movies. Another aspect I would have liked to have covered is more artist research, I feel like I did bare minimum in comparison to previous projects.

Parts of this unit that I am happy with are the final video, even though I would have liked to have done more to it I am quite happy with how it turned out.  The photographs produced, I am very please with how they have turned out, I really enjoyed working with still life. As much as I love working with people, this was one project where I didn’t have to rely on any models, annoying make-up and hair or even assistants turning up. It was just me, the camera and the objects.Strangely calming which is something that I am in need of.

Overall, through the stress and everything else I am a mixture of pleased with what I have managed to do and disappointed that I let myself get into such a bad state.

However, I am now done for the year. Good bye 2nd year of university and hello 3rd. I am going to take the summer holiday to work, relax, recover, go out and about to take photographs, move house and start on my dissertation research. But first I think a good take out and cider is in order to celebrate!

Shoot 3: Still Life

Here is the 3rd and final shoot of still life. In comparison to the previous shoots I am not as happy with the outcomes, personally I could have experimented more with the subject matter of university/ work. The subject matter within these shots are my Narrative workbook.

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As stated above I believe I could have delved deeper into this subject, rather than simply photographing my workbook. I decided that I was not going to photography my laptop in which most of my work is within, they are over seen objects, although mundane. The idea I had was almost like seeing a photo within another photograph. My work featuring within my work.

The Bed

Here is my final video for the Narrative digital piece. The narrative is the construction of my new bed. The music used in the video is “Fig Leaf Rag” by Scott Joplin.  I am so happy to have finally finished the video and to see it up on youtube.

(If anyone else would like to download the soundtrack for themselves click the link below.
http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html/index.html?genre=Silent+Film+Score&page=1 )