Today we had a guest lecture from Brian Cannon, a graphic designer who has worked with bands such as Oasis, The Verve and Suede. I was particularly interested in seeing the talk as I missed it the year before and wanted to see the work he had done for Oasis as I am a big fan of their music.
The thing I found most fascinating was how Cannon could create stunning images which appear to have been Photoshopped, yet hadn’t as it wasn’t around at the time. It showed us what could be achieved with photography, an idea and plenty of “research and preparation”. Some of the techniques he discussed, such as cross processing (which creates unusual colour effects achieved from incorrect chemical processing), I had never even heard of before and made me realise the importance of experimenting and exploring different ways of working, which was his key message in his talk. Given that my NMP will be about exploring, experimenting and pushing print process and the handcrafted, I found this both motivational and very helpful.
I also learnt about how Cannon researched and prepared his work. Given that his work could take time, and often there wasn’t chances to retake a photo shoot due to the busy schedule of clients, Cannon would often go to the location of his shoot in advance and take some test photos to get an idea of how the composition will work.
One piece of work that stood out to me was the design for Oasis’s ‘Some Might Say’. The photo shows an old, unused train station with a whole variety of things going on. The idea behind it was to show what was being said in the lyrics such as ‘sink is full of fishes’ and ‘she’s got dirty dishes on the brain’, which can be seen in the artwork. I was particularly impressed with the fact that the original image was took in black and white, and that the colour was painted in afterwards. This not only impressed me but has made me want to do something like this myself.
The main thing I’ve gained from this lecture is realising the importance of exploring different ways of working and to just have fun, as this is what I’ll be doing the rest of my life. With my NMP, I will be pushing print completely, exploring various ways of printing and then trying to push those techniques further to create new, exciting effects and outcomes.