Hi everyone!

As part of my photography course, I have to track my development on a blog. The posts from September 2011 until January 2012 are part of a module called Project Management, for which I was required to work in a group of eight students to create an exhibition. The blog followed every step we took in order to create a successful gallery. The blog posts starting from September 2012 follow my final year on the course. I'll be documenting my research and analysis of my final year projects, as well as include notes of my Professional Practice unit - which prepares us for a range of post graduate options. Finally it also looks at a project called New Creatives, where I'll be working alongside an artists to help college students get more involved with art.

Friday, September 30, 2011

The assignment...

This blog is to act as a record of my progress throughout the unit. It's almost like a research workbook but then it is for everyone to see! The unit requires us to work in groups to create and hold our own exhibition - while developing organisation and management skills. The work we will end up displaying is part of a different unit called "Documentary Practices", in this unit we have to create a series of photographs of our interpretation of the theme territory.

As no one in our group is quite sure what kind of photographs we want to display, it has been a tricky start. Deciding on the venue, the publicity and how we want to exhibit our work is a difficult decision, and therefore this week is just for thinking of ideas. The image to the right, is a mind map of what we have been talking about. We are all looking at different venues, as well as contacting them, to get an idea of what we are able to achieve.

Every venue has its positives and negatives and this has been an important conversation on the facebook group we have created. Some say that a pub will be a brilliant plan because it has both an indoor and outdoor area, it will guarantee an audience and everyone loves going to the pub! However, the photo on the left shows some negative aspects of exhibiting in a pub.

We have also started looking into abandoned buildings and whether we should exhibit there. We have managed to find an building on commercial road that is currently empty. Another place we have found is on Albert Road (picture right). It looks like a small open area with white walls and a wooden floor. It also has two doors that lead further into the building. Perhaps this location would be worth phoning! It has large window in which we could exhibit some work for people passing by to look at. This could spark their interest and they might come in.

As well as looking at rather obvious places to display our work I also wanted to look at different ideas that might be more expensive but would definitely be worth it. First I decided to look at the spinnaker tower. Apparently it is quite a popular venue to hire for corporate or private events:
The Spinnaker Tower makes a stunning venue for corporate or private events, offering your guests unrivalled views over Portsmouth harbour and the south coast.
We can host anything from private dining for 90 people to champagne and canapĂ© receptions for 150 people, so whether you need a venue for a birthday party, awards ceremony, wedding reception or corporate dinner, we can create the perfect event guaranteed to impress your guests. 
Although I do think £1,020 is too expensive for us students.

Thursday, September 29, 2011


Hello Everyone!

Welcome to my new blog. As you might know, I'm a photography student at the University of Portsmouth. This blog is dedicated to one of my projects but if it becomes successful, I will continue updating you on my work. I hope you enjoy the posts to come and feel free to ask any questions.

Alongside this blog I also have a website: http://www.wix.com/elainedevries/photography2. This can provide you with a general idea of the type of photography I enjoy doing.

x Elaine