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Informing Contexts – Last Minute Changes

Reviewing my portfolio prior to submission, I realised that one of the images (Untitled #3) just didn’t seem to sit right.  Coffee and Debussy needed!

I swapped out the image for a couple of different ones to find what would work better.

Wall 1

Figure 1: Sutherst. Wall 1 version 1. 2017

Wall 1v3

Figure 2: Sutherst. Wall 1 version 2. 2017

Wall 1v4

Figure 3: Sutherst. Wall 1 version 3. 2017

Wall 1v2

Figure 4: Sutherst. Wall 1 version 4. 2017

I decided to check whether the sequence worked well for each image by presenting them on a gallery wall amongst some of the other images.

Figure 1 is the original sequence that I had.  The image in the centre is much larger than the others.  This was very noticeable in the portfolio pdf.

I decided to swap it out for the image in the centre in figure 2.  This image is a better fit in the sequence and does not stand out as much as the first choice.  I still felt that this was not the best choice of image.

I considered reducing images in the portfolio to 19, but my OCD tendencies could not deal with this!

I decided to try one of my Venice frame images in the sequence. Figure 3 shows what a mistake that was!  The image is really over powering and is drawing attention away from the remaining work.

This image has a bright dominant frame as part of the image.  It really stands out and not in a good way.  I feel the rest of the body of work has less impact when this image is in the sequence.

I then decided to try the image as shown in figure 4.  Hallelujah!  This image is strong and fits in well with the works around it.  It has an oddness about it due to the expression on the subject’s face and this fits in well with the rest of the work.

Time now for another coffee and finalise the portfolio ready for submission.


Wall Image from Pinterest. 2017. White Wall Art Gallery | Free Gallery Wall by mkrukowski | Artistry | Pinterest | Wall art, Galleries and White walls. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 23 April 2017].

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