A narrative picture essay

The first part of this exercise was based on (for once) a bit of forward planning in that I considered the opening of a pub run by two of my children an excellent subject for this exercise.  It was however taking place in April so it was clearly going to take place before I arrived at the point of the course when this exercise was required.

The selected pictures are these:-

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The invite to the Villagers for the open evening.  I think this needs to be big a) because it is an important scene setter and b) it needs to easy to read

 

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The welcome on the notice board. This is also an important scene setter, tying in with the previous image.

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The ale selection, along with the next photo, is important to position the pub’s style.

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Food preparation. The Pub sets out to be primarily an eating place so it was necessary to include this aspect of the evening.

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Unveiling the pub sign. A self explanatory picture that does not need to be too big as a result.

 

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Interior detail #1. I regard this as a filler shot so no need to be big.

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Interior shot #2 I liked the reflection in this as it gives a hint of the interior furnishings. Again I didn’t think this shot needs to be any larger

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Interior shot #3 – cider menu. Gives another hint as to the character of the pub and is clear enough not to need enlarging.

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Guests arriving

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Starting to fill

 

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The Landlord (in the mirror) mingling. I think this needs to be a bit bigger as he is an important aspect of the evening as is the mingling.

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The bar staff I liked the movement in this as a good incidental shot.

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The pub filling up, I had this made bigger a) to show detail and b) it evidences the success of the evening.

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Busy at the bar. Like the previous shot I thought this was worth showing larger as it shows the success of the evening.

 

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A happy landlord at the end of the evening

I then considered the layout of these shots and came up with this as a first option on an A3+ paper:-

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Collated A3+ page

I then looked at doing a three A4 page collation:-

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Page 1. The invitation shot as the scene setter dominates the page.

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Page 2.  I think there is a nice contrast here between the smaller detail shots and the more informative larger shot which tell more of the story.

 

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Page 3. I did try varying the position as in left or right but in the end decided to centralise all of these shots.

I think these separate pages work reasonably well.  The use of “filler” or detail shots is also quite useful to fill awkward spaces.

 

 

 

 

 

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