Improved background

I found better lighting for these photographs and used a white sheet for the background of them. These photographs are a big improvement on the last attempt, the photos themselves are of better quality and a lot clearer. When printed on to photo paper they will also be improved in quality rather than on normal. All of these photos are unedited, so my plan is to edit them and experiment with different editing styles, as well as crop them so there is nothing else in the background apart from white. Then from these edits I can decide what style of edit and colouration I want to use for my degree show exhibition.

National Museum Cardiff


I visited the Cardiff museum as I have been doing a lot of photography work in my practice and I therefore was interested in the exhibition being held called ‘Swaps’. I did this to see if any work influenced my practice in the sense of layout, size of photographs when displayed and how I shall edit my photographs before I take my body image photos in the photography studio.


– Eve Arnold, (1912-2012), A baby’s first five minutes, Port Jefferson, 1959, Gelatin silver print.

I was originally drawn to this piece by Arnold as I was interested in the black background of the photo, as it makes the hands stand out more to the viewer and look more dramatic even though they take up such little space. This made me start thinking about whether I should use a white or black back drop for my photographs; therefore I am going to test out both and see which I prefer.


After I had been looking at Arnold’s piece I then looked at how the museum had displayed it amongst other works. This simplistic layout, where the photos are neat, tidy and so precisely arranged, is what I have been looking to do when I display my own photographs and framed quotes- however with more than 4 images.


-Carolyn Drake, (1971-), Ukraine, Donetsk, Torez, 2006, Archival pigment print.

Moving on through the ‘Swaps’ exhibition I found this piece (top right hand corner) interesting, and relevant, to my own work that I am doing. Although the meaning behind our works are different, I am still looking for new ideas on how to have my models pose- and seeing as I have been photographing a lot of hands I found this particular piece interesting. Therefore I shall do some experiments on whether I ask the people I photograph to stay relaxed, or do something a bit more interesting with the bodies.


When doing my Gap Crit I got some negative feedback because some of my photographs were in colour and some were in black and white, and I had decided just to choose one or the other because people didn’t like how it looked. However it was interesting to me how these pieces were displayed, and in a way I quite liked the mixture of colour and monotone throughout the wall. Yet at the same time the sense of the wall is also quite jumbled on account of the layout and different sized frames; so the added combinations of colour and no colour fits quite well, whilst I doubt it would work well with my work.



I have a friend that works in a residential home for vulnerable adults called Golden Sands who I have spoken to about helping with providing art classes for the residents. I plan on doing this over Summer, and it is in my home town, therefore over the Easter period I am going to finalise all of the details about my volunteering.

I wanted to do this because I have been thinking a lot about Art therapy and how relaxing it can be to create a piece of artwork; and I feel that this could be very beneficial to the residents of this home.