So this week I’ve pretty much just been cooped up in my bedroom slaving away – not on a new blog post or vlog but instead completing coursework as deadlines begin to rapidly creep forward (can you rapidly creep? I’m not sure). The stress is piled high and served with a big ol’ dollop of panic. Ah the joys of A-Levels.
This means I’m currently stood up as I write this which is an interesting experience. In my kitchen to be precise, as I wait for a mood board to print on photographic paper which is taking a bizarrely long time. But I thought I’d make the most of this spare moment to quickly type up an update on what is probably a forgotten series for most of you.
Yes thats right, the dramatically named Ambiguous Project is back and it’s back for good.
If you just have a vague recollection of this project then feel free to go and have a little recap before you continue. Go on… off you pop… I’ll wait here…
So you’re all caught up now I presume, and probably thinking ‘jeez, she really left us hanging for a good 3 months there’. You’re right, what a bad blogger I am. However after a LOVELY young lady (bit patronising, we’re probably the same age) named Assunta commented on my instagram, I was so inspired to carry on with the series and thought why the heck not, seeing as it got a great response last time!
I’ll leave the comment here (Assunta, I hope you don’t mind me sharing!?) because it was just such a heartwarming thing to read!
“Hi, i just wanted to say that i loved your blog post on your sketchbook, this is my second year of doing photography and i honestly had no ideas for how to make the designs different and more unique – until i found your blog 💜”
ANYWAY (bloomin’ heck you can tell I’m procrastinating), onto the actual sketchbook which I know you’re all dying to see (joking obvs).
(damn rain smudging my work urgh)
So after gaining inspiration from a mind map and mood boards on previous pages, it was time to move onto artist research and this is where I decided to do things a little differently and investigate bloggers and their photography styles rather than typical ‘photographers’.
The first blog I featured, which focused on minimalist style and interiors with a modern twist was ‘My Dubio’ – http://www.mydubio.com
As you can see, I arranged the double page spread in a way which segmented the writing amongst the images and kept the colours very monochromatic which is reflective throughout the rest of the book aswell. I kept the overall layout very simple and chose not to mount all of the images, but just a few, as I find this often looks a lot nicer.
(I’ve sat back down now by the way, in case you were concerned about my welfare, and I’m afraid I’m going to have to head back to essay writing – yes even creative subjects require essays – so I’ll continue with this sketchbook chatter tomorrow… which for you will literally be in a few seconds when you scroll down to the next paragraph)
I’m back, and much more relieved as I’ve managed to hand everything in on time – hurray for me!!
So on the next page I explored the horrifically stereotypical, but very much beautiful, ‘fashion flat-lay’. I adore scrolling through these kinds of images on Instagram and Pinterest so it was obvious they’d end up in my sketchbook somewhere. This kind of page is again useful for looking back on throughout the project to gain inspiration – therefore the page is quite image-heavy with just a little bit of writing, explaining how this style has developed in the social media world throughout recent years.
Following on from this, I dedicated the next couple of pages to just a few of my favourite Instagram accounts. I selected images from each account that fitted well with my theme so that I’d later be able to write about them and link them to my final piece. It’s great to play around with how you lay out the images so as you can see, this time I went for blocks of 4 which I think works quite well with the whole Instagram square theme. Also please excuse that awfully drawn Instagram icon hahaha *cries*
I don’t want to go overboard here, so I think I’ll leave today’s post at that. I hope you enjoyed this little snippet into the beginnings of my research and potentially found it useful. Obviously don’t copy as copying is totally not cool and originality is key – but you’re welcome to take ideas away with you :)
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Love Izzy xxx