Birdseye

The Magazine Archive is a website which seeks to ‘catalogue’ and archive magazines which have interesting designs. You can submit a magazine to them that you wish to be added to the collection. The interface of the website is more graphic than it is to allow viewers to read the content.

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What I wanted to take from this website though was its photography: having printed material photographed in-situ. I find that I have come across a lot of websites (archive-specific or not) which scan the pages/books and crop to the page edge. See, this does mean that it is purely the content which is deemed as important and most significant when the decision is made to do said cropping; however, is it really all that is important? In the cases that the contents need to be distributed cleanly and efficiently, probably yes. But, I feel that if I took a letter from the George Rodger archive and cropped it to the edges then I would be isolating it from where it belongs, in the archive with similar items. Some of these artefacts alone are insignificant, but when they are paired up and collected into the archive then they become special. For this reason, I would prefer not to crop the artefacts, but include the space which they live, even if it is just the desk top.

I was asked by Matt Johnston to photograph the dummy books going into the Box of Books which is going to be sent off soon. I took the books to Whitefriars to photograph them on the wooden tables. The building is dark with small windows, much like where I shall be photographing in the George Rodger archive.

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I am glad I did this, because I am not satisfied with the images. I don’t think that I would like to use a huge amount of birds eye angled images of the artefacts, and if I do, I would like to have more in the frame, either other artefacts or objects in the room. In this screen shot from a video of the flick through, I much prefer having other things in the frame. I would like Jinx to handle the archive, have her hands included in the frame. This also means that there is more of a range of light and how it can be bounced around off other objects as well. Maybe with an image like this I could pair with a more detailed image of the artefact so that a viewer can see where the artefact has come from. This then can marry this issue of having the archive and pieces in it.

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Letters of Note. (2014). Letters of Note. Available online: http://magazinearchive.co/portfolio/house-magazine. Last Accessed 2nd April 2014

 

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