My graduate capstone publication at the end of my studies, 'Imperfect', is a 400 page hard-cover curation of film photography. The work includes work from a handful of friends that I met along the journey of my studies around various cities in Australia. The publication is a dedication to my deceased grandfather, a man who was blind but had a vision. He gave me inspiration in life to never take sight for granted, and in turn, has pushed me to revel in all things visually delightful. The work within the book is a celebration of life and all things visual. The work was highly curated from page to page, with page-to-page flow and composition as the integral focus of the publication. The final form is a highly eclectic glimpse into our collective youth.
To art direct, design and publish a publication that showcased contributors' work without detracting from their art or the raw nature of film photography. Effectively, the challenge was maintaining restraint while effectively expressing artistic intent and establishing a journey for the audience without detracting from contributors' work.
The final form of the publication is a 400 page, hardcover, section-bound book with a spot varnish cover design. 'Imperfect' is an expression of the artists' experiences that provided their photography, and a homage to my late pop (grandfather), Graham Laycock. It celebrates the beauty of the world around us and is a reflection of the strange, chaotic journey that we call "life".
A meaningful journey
The grid system provided a necessary sense of consistency while experimenting with scale and composition to create a rhythm and sense of journey throughout the publication.
Thank you to the numerous talented photographers that contributed their photography to this publication. Without your contributions, 'Imperfect' would have only been a dream. Your work allowed the vision to become a reality, creating a photographic mosaic of our collective journeys in life.