Complete an introduction/overview page for your workbook.
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Go back to the exemplars that you connected with the most.
Take notice of their introduction pages (the first page). Read it carefully. How have they divided the page into different sections? What does each section tell you? Take notice of the sorts of ideas that successful students have included on their introduction page.
Create a layout for your own introduction page using InDesign or a Word Processor (i.e. Pages).
On this page, I suggest that you include four different paragraphs:
Explain the overarching themes and ideas behind your folio. Think about the key words that relate to your theme and include these in this paragraph. This is the 'big picture' stuff. The 'why'.
Describe some of the finer details of your theme. What are you actually hoping to achieve and show? The 'what'. Don't get too caught up in how you will actually do this just yet. Instead, try to give a bit more detail about what a viewer is likely to see in your folio.
Discuss the major influences on your folio. Influences for folios can be extremely varied, and the way you discuss them is up to you. For example, if your folio is influenced by a real-life experience, perhaps you will share a story; if you have been influenced by a work from another medium (i.e. a film or poem), you could describe that work; if you're taking inspiration from your family, history, culture or ethnicity, give some detail about that. Remember, you're aiming to link these major influences to your aims for your folio.
Finally, come back to the 'why' and explain how your work will have a purpose. Identify the ways in which the body of work that you are going to create could be valued, and the meanings that you aim to create.
The image (above, right) is a good example of this structure in action.
Lastly, add any visual examples that support what you have written. These could be related to any aspect of the writing from your four paragraphs, but should clearly link to what you have discussed, and would be best if they will inform your own photographs in some way.
Complete an Artist Models/Inspiration page for your workbook.
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This page should introduce the key artist models that are going to inspire your work. It's a good idea to have artist models that will inspire your own work in terms of conceptual, technical and compositional conventions.
If you need a reminder about these conventions, take a look at the Senior Photography page.