Evaluative Conclusion

After spending over six months working with Jinx in the George Rodger Archive, it feels like I’ve come to the end of this chapter. During this time I successfully conducted interviews with Jinx and documented them using audio recorders; photographed the archive and some of its contents and I pulled parts of an archive together to share a story (or two). After much deliberation, I decided to share George’s work on the Nubas which is work that has notably been in the public eye since its publishing in 1955. I used a range of means to try and retell this … Continue reading Evaluative Conclusion

Website/Online Evaluation

kategreenphotography.co.uk/georgerodger.html From May 1st until the exhibition opening I had part of my website dedicated to the George Rodger Archive. Its intention was to act as a teaser and not so much as a tool to disseminate. Weekly I uploaded images and videos directly to the server, not relying on external services such as Youtube. I don’t want this video content to be disseminated liberally. Although I am a firm believer in Creative Commons, I think that the purpose of this work and some of its content should be restricted, until at least I have a firm project with more … Continue reading Website/Online Evaluation

Interview with the BBC

Monday 19th May, Phil Coomes, picture editor from the BBC interviewed me over the telephone regarding my project with the George Rodger Archive. It was such an honour to feel as though my work meant something more than just my work for university. I know that this work is worth more, of course, but to have it being recognised is fulfilling. Phil was a very relaxed and easy interviewee; I am thankful for his patience as I was feeling anxious that day while waiting for my book to arrive. Phil started the interview by asking how I got to the … Continue reading Interview with the BBC

Hanging Work

Because of the long bank holiday weekend we couldn’t get into the gallery until Tuesday. It was agreed that Tuesday and Wednesday were hanging days and Thursday was a contingency day. With this in mind I asked Craig exactly what he wanted done; he had other degree shows to help with so we needed to use him wisely and efficiently. I received an email and shared its contents with the group. My urge to get work into the gallery was met with a great deal of people not ready. I expected there to be one or two people who would … Continue reading Hanging Work

Preparing the Gallery

From 21st May to 23rd May, we had access to the Lanchester Gallery where we were to have our degree show exhibition. We were all expected to attend to assist with painting the walls and making sure the space was in a suitable conditition to hang work the following week. Not long after arriving, the installation walls and plinths were brought over from Ellen Terry. But after this point the group looked a bit lost and I felt that we were just wasting our time stood around so suggested that we started to paint the outside walls while the installation … Continue reading Preparing the Gallery

My time in the archive

Since November I have been visiting Jinx Rodger and the George Rodger Archive investigating its stories. Jinx is so lively and warm at her grand age of 89; she doesn’t act a day over 30 really. She still dreams of being in a world of travelling with George across continents meeting new people and taking their photographs. It’s a life she looks back on with such delight and nostalgia. When I met Jinx, of course she had a lot of questions about what I wished to do but at that point I wasn’t sure. It’s funny, I have never really … Continue reading My time in the archive

Making an iBook

I am currently designing an iBook for #GeorgeRodgerArchive. The idea is that it will be a digital version of the one that will feature in the exhibition so that there is a sense of continuity in the project. The iBook in many aspects is more versitile than a physical book as audio and videos can be included in them. However, I didn’t want to have an iBook as part of my exhibition piece because of the nature that it could be found at home; whereas there is only one physical copy. Drawing on my inspiration from ‘Dear Robert’ by Joel … Continue reading Making an iBook

Editing Audio Tracks

For the exhibition, I wanted to include audio aspects so that the viewer can listen to Jinx’s voice. I had already decided that the online and offline presence to the project would be marginally different based on my research into the dissemination of archives. Therefore I wanted to make the physical archive much more exclusive. With this in mind, I have decided to have two MP3 players which will play Jinx reading the letter George sent her following his experience with the Nuba tribe and also George’s diary entry from the same event. When Ollie Sharpe, former Coventry University student, … Continue reading Editing Audio Tracks