I must be honest, I am not particularly pleased with my final artefact. I like the images and the arrangement but the quality of the photo book hasn’t lived up to my expectations. The pages aren’t aligned accurately, there are some glue smears on the pages, the spine of the cover is slightly too big and the print quality of the images are pretty poor. I printed the images on my computer at home on cartridge paper, a really bad idea. I now know never to do this again. I only did this because I didn’t want to stick the actual photos in as I felt it would look too much like a scrapbook. I would like to remake the book, but instead of printing myself, I would go to the print bureau to get quality images printed onto better quality paper with a nicer finish. I would then construct the book again, being careful of applying glue and keeping surfaces clean.
The smaller book I made before hand as a trial was better quality than my final photo book. This could be because the first book I made was considerably smaller and had less room for error. I do prefer smaller books, so may make it smaller in the future.
But I didn’t get as much time creating the object as I would have liked. I had only a couple of days to complete it as I could only get the opportunity to have assistance in editing down days after I had completed my images. So for the amount of time I had to create the book, I think I did okay.
I definitely think that presenting my work in a book works well, but the nature of my work can transfer to numerous ways of presenting, I think. I am considering making a photo film, but I had done this before for other modules and wanted to try something new, hence why I am submitting a book.
Overall, I am pleased with the images I have created. I think I convey the story I am trying to get across, well that was the impression I got when I presented the images to my peers and they all understood what was happening in them. This was a huge relief. I have a habit of over thinking an idea and going way off the point. This is something that I am learning to control now. I have found that it is better to keep an idea simple, as too much of an idea only allows for more confusion if not conveyed properly.
This body of work has certainly given me new ideas. I think this is only the start. I would like to play around over the summer with the images I have and different ways of presenting.