Materials are key when thinking about how you are going to place you images on the exhibition walls. From Foamex to Dibond, there are many methods on how to can fix your images to look professional. Traditional, many exhibitions are hung using frames but now there are many different materials you can use. These materials can be more lightweight, stronger and reliant.
Some materials you can use are:
For the final Model, i travelled to Kettering to meet Ben, a recent prosthetic user. Meeting at his home to talk to both him and his wife about what his life was like with the edition of a prosthetic. While talking to Ben, it came across that he had recently learned to ride a bike again for the first time since his accident. His wife described how they went to centre parks for the first time and decided to ride a bike together but after struggling to ride together, she made Ben try on his own to finally learn to ride again.
As this was one of his fondest memories and the most recent thing he learned, we decided to go ahead with his main images being him on his new adapted bike.
For day four, I was travelling to Hertfordshire to meet Bjoern, a thankful cancer survivor, an outdoor enthusiast, a book lover, an anarchic chef, a passionate development practitioner and a very active above-the-knee amputee.
In his own words: At age fifteen I was diagnosed with bone cancer in the Tibia of my left leg. At that time, the doctors were able to save my leg, but most of my Tibia had to be removed and was replaced with a metal implant. Almost 20 years later I battled an infection in my left leg. The doctors proposed a long and complicated procedure that would allow me to keep my two legs, but losing the knee joint. As I am very active, that was not an option for me. So I decided to have it amputated instead. A decision I have never regretted.
Being an amputee does not mean being inactive. Yes, there are limitations. But being an amputee for me means being creative, getting around those limitations and finding ways of doing what I love.
For the third day, I travelled to see Mike Jones, a prosthetic users who is also the number 1 British and European disabled golfer. Travelling to South Wales, Mike wanted to show what his greatest passion was: Golfing.
He explains: “It was so traumatic. Your mind is whizzing at 100mph. I’m feeling my leg but it’s not there, a phantom sensation. I struggled with this so badly. They tried all different drugs with it. Nothing helped. I came very close in hospital to a breakdown. I remember one evening banging my fists on a tray, holding the buzzer and the nurse came in and said ‘What’s going on Mike?’ I don’t like asking anyone for anything and I was trying, but I lost it. I was screaming at the top of my voice, you either have to get me out of this room or give me something to put me to sleep… I thought I was going mad.”
Bright and early, on route to the next location with my next model Sadie. Sadie had just recently moved to Swindon and we agreed to meet at the house to document her baking. As a keen baker, Sadie discussed how her baking makes her happy but also shows her capability to bake without her lower hand and arm. Sadie was born without her arm and has always done whatever she wants in life. Never letting her arm stop her, we talked about her baking being the key aspect of her strength but also her ability to live life to the fullest and never let her disability stop her. After a discussion, we both talked about the word disability and how we find it degrading.
To raise money for the exhibition equipment (leaflets, booklet, postcard prints and catering) we created a plan to do several nights or day time fundraising events. The Bake sale came around when we had a exhibition talk, where we agreed that we could make some money. On the day, each peer would bring in either home-made or shop bought cakes in which we had set up a small shop in the university. Working in groups of two to watch the sale, we managed to raise over 2 days approximately £175. This money allowed us to start thinking about ways we could spend the money ready to start sorting out the exhibitions timeline.
Today is the first day of the my FMP project! For today's shoot I am travelling to Birmingham to meet my first model Natalie. Natalie was the first model to email me, showing interest int eh project and wanting to be part of it. After talking though email since January we had planned this week to meet up for a day to tell her story and her capability. We arranged to meet in Solihill at 12:30, walking around a local nature reserve to start the photographic series. We walked around the reserve talking about what makes her capable and working together to create the images she wanted to portray her true self. Natalie told me about how she had lost her legs and went into detail about the experience, phantom pain and other symptoms she has suffered. All this information will be placed in a book along side the images to connect the group of a whole.
Natalie was completely opening to telling her story and trying to change the world around drink driving. She was very determined to make her images portray her strength and portray that even though she has a prosthetic shes is just as capable.
After begin award the travelling fund, Today I have started to plan the travelling and locations I will be visiting. Starting with the closest to my own location (Yorkshire), I decided to create a small travel plan for each location I will visit. However, sadly I had to reduce the amount of people due to not receiving the full amount I first was informed. This didn't stop me carrying on the project and making it the best it could possible be.
The plan I created focuses on the area of Gloucestershire, meeting up with clients around the area but also just outside its boarders . This gave me the opportunity to visit as many people possible with the funding amount and look at move around these areas to add more clients if possible as I spent my time down their.
Today I had the mock interview I had applied for, which was documented in the last blog I did. For the role, I decided to research into the job specifications and start taking notes ready to review. Before the interview, I sat and reviewed all the information I found about the job and began to look at the specifications, creating questions in my head I could answer with my own experience. This allowed me to plan for the questions that were more likely to appear such as the ethical side of medical photography to the customer service I should i give to each customer.
After the interview, i had the time to review what i believe went well and what could be improved upon. The interview went incredible well and i believe i answered the questions to the best ability ,answering with the knowledge i have from previous experience but also looking at the information i research before hand. The only aspect i felt went wrong was the stuttering and quickly replies. Due to me feeling nervous and a little apprehensive, i began to stutter and reply quicker then i should have. To improve on this, next time i will practise with a friend or family member to help me ensure i can talk clear without feeling nervous.