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Sequencing
Thursday 3rd March 2022

One of the most significant parts of my continuous research for the final project is sequencing. Ordering, reshuffling, and removing completely to see my work from a new perspective. By doing this task frequently alongside my photographic production, it gives me a new lease and motivation for the work I am creating. Whenever I find myself in a creative rut, printing out my work on a small, handheld scale I can clearly see the areas that need development or parts that are working well.

Within the course over the past few months, I have taken part in several group feedback sequencing sessions as well as doing it often in my own time- allowing me to reflect personally. I have noticed over the past two and a half years of my degree, that being hands on with my work plays a huge role in how I feel about the work I am creating. It sparks my interest again as I can clearly see in front of me what is working and what isn’t as much.

In terms of the creative process, I usually print out 50-70 images from a recent photoshoot and spread them out over a clear surface in front of me. Firstly, I would create a pile of images that instantly don’t stand out. It’s an in the moment decision with little thought- purely on visual aesthetics. Once I have removed the obvious anomaly’s, I will then divide the remaining into ‘favourites’ and ‘unsure where it fits’. Now I have got a reduced number, it stops me feeling overwhelmed with the work and feeling like I don’t know my next steps. It becomes easier for me to view the successful images without them being lost in the whole collection. They naturally being to flow without me even arranging the sequence. Colour, line, shape, light, texture, and shadows are factors that I consider when sequencing. With the images being paper, it makes it extremely easy to slide it across the table without the fuss of moving it on a word document- the ease is what I enjoy most about it.

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                   Images of sequencing 78 at N°32