These sketchbook pages are part of the research and planning in an A Level Photography project exploring the theme â€˜Hidden Identityâ€™. The inclusion of test strips is beneficial (even in digital photography these can be produced, testing different contrast, lighting and colour filters that have been applied to an image); images are neatly trimmed and positioned on the pages. Articulate, well-reasoned annotation adds to the sharp, clean presentation style.
A Level Photography: The Growing Population and a Futuristic New World
This preparatory sheet shows the development of digitally manipulated compositions, drawing ideas from the photographers studied. The page includes screenshots and descriptions of Photoshop tools that have been used to merge images together. Michael also includes a gallery ‘mock-up’, showing how the his work would look if hung in a gallery exhibition space. This allows him to establish a sense of scale and show the work in context.
The black paper and vibrant colours in this Photography sketchbook result in a dramatic, eye catching layout. The pages almost take on a magazine-like quality, with large and small images integrated carefully within text.
Sketchbooks provide an opportunity for students to investigate ideas and experiment with different techniques, without producing â€˜finished imagesâ€™. In these examples, the photographs are not constrained to a rectangular frame and free-flow across the page. This is an excellent approach, allowing students to play creatively with the communication of ideas, without the restriction of composing a finished work. Photographs have been cut and ripped at the edges and collaged onto the page…
Those with a sharp, edgy, graphical tendency (as this student has), should embrace their strengths, rather than feeling pressured to emulate the gestural, painterly, mixed-media presentation style commonly used by Fine Art / Painting students. In this example the clean, ordered layout complements the photographs and creates a sleek, professional sketchbook page.