Updated: Sep 8, 2021
LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION — a project in progress
Torquay (TQ2) is the place I have called home for the majority of my 29 years… I had this idea one morning, and ran into my studio half-dressed (what’s new?) to scribble down the thoughts in my journal before they were lost.
I want to produce a sort of local poster, capturing my favourite parts of various areas – and I know this has been done (brilliantly) already by many wonderful women in the South West – but not with photographs, and not with a neon palette, and not all the things I like in a poster – certainly not for Devon anyway. I tried to find it, and I couldn’t, which is why I think it’s important to produce it. Because I feel like someone once said something like: if you can’t find the artwork that speaks to you, go out and create it!
Below are some of the examples of what’s already out there… (we have quite a few Hillfolk and Becky Bettersworth posters in our house actually)
So I jumped on Photoshop, and started to have a fiddle around with this idea using a few photos picked out of my phone’s archive.
I think with the translucent neons, I’m trying to replicate something that I love in the tactile quality of screenprints, but this doesn’t quite come across in the experiments below. I think a lot of the punch of the neons is lost in the act of making it translucent. I so wish I’d done a screenprinting course while I was at uni! It’s definitely something I want to do as soon as I can, it would be so nice for this project… but I will carry on working with my existing skills and tools for now.
PHOTOSHOP PLAY SESSION #1
You can sort of see the idea evolving through the images as I played around with different settings and photos… I much prefer the end three, even though they don’t fit into the NEON brief, but they appeal to me.
I went back and began to experiment in other styles. I felt like first batch of poster ideas, weren’t quite quirky or bold enough for my taste, I also wanted them to feel a little more like a modern take on the old style posters, than simply an art print. I seem to have this obsession with a circle cut-out of a photo on a white page… but I think I need to get passed that ideal for this project, fill more of the page, make more marks – be bolder!
again you can see the ideas evolve between saves…
PHOTOSHOP PLAY SESSION #2
I want to provoke interest, and encourage nostalgia…
I DON’T WANT TO MAKE ‘NICE & PRETTY’ – I WANT TO MAKE A STATEMENT
I flirted with the idea of just going for a very honest local’s point-of-view for living in a tourist town… created half in jest, half in exhaustion… but I don’t know if I want to go down a road that may end up being a tad meme-esque.