Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Command. Order. Imperatum.

© Hillary Rogers 2012
If you didn't already see my ridiculously happy post about finally getting my baby book, you should check it out. It encapsulates my joy really well. If it wasn't obvious from viewing that, I'm extremely happy with my book I got printed with Blurb. I was a little worried about all the blacks laying down really consistently and matching the shadows in my photos, but everything turned out really well. There were a few extremely minor imperfections (dust that got in the way of the printing process) but other than that the images were perfect and no pages got left out.
Overall, I feel that my images were able to achieve exactly what I was hoping to with this project. They captured the dichotomy of majesty and mischief that was present in so many people and ideals of antiquity. Especially as a book, it is really easy to see the careful interplay of the compositions and personalities that only strengthen my ideas and intentions. I'm really excited to finally show off the finished product (even if I've heavily contemplated making everyone wear white gloves).
Moving further with this project, I'll be taking these images and blowing them up to show in the Senior Exhibition coming up on May 25 of this year. I'm not sure how big I'll be going or really how I'll be hanging the images, but I'm surrounded by a great group of peers and professors that will help me figure out how to best display these works that I've dedicated so much time to perfected.


  1. Hillary, I was extremely pleased to see how beautiful your book turned out! After seeing your book, I was so inspired that I also decided to use BookSmart, rather than Lulu. Although I was slightly hesitant about BookSmart and more confident about Lulu (since I had previously used it to print my first book), I do not want to rely on them anymore after this experience! I was quite disappointed on how my photographs turned out. Hence, after seeing your book, I actually regretted that I had not used BookSmart in the first place!
    Nonetheless, I am very excited to see your work at the Senior exhibition, as it will be a completely different experience viewing your work in an actual gallery space, than during a Final critique! Best of luck!

    1. I am so glad I got to actually see your book before I left! The quality of the book in overall is fantastic. I think that your images turned out so well and the printing was amazing. As far as your senior presentation goes, I did like the set up you had and showed to Cathy Cook, but I agree with Ali and think about the possibility of printing these images really big! The images are beautiful and I think it is totally worth it, I also think it adds to the idea of greatness of the characters.

      It is kind of funny how you mention the white gloves, I was literally nervous to touch it.
      Good job!!!!

  2. I think your book turned out really well. congrats!!!! I had the same worries with the consistency with the blacks in my images, and I think blub did a pretty good job. I'm also excited to see what you come up with as a presentation in the senior show for your images. I really like all the selected images you have and I WANT THEM ALL TO BE BIG! but alas... we only have 14 ft. of wall space. I"m sure you'll figure something out thats beautiful and says exactly what you want it to about your work. :)

  3. Your book design wonderfully exploited the capabilities of Blurb. The black pages create a sense of the cinematic and the 20th century fetish for the "cult of personality". It was if these historic figures went to Hollywood and that somehow made them more accessible to 21st century minds. We urge you to do some research on mounting your 16x20 or larger prints. You will need a substrate that is extremely rigid so the prints don't bow and bend in a way that disappoints you. Artists have been mounting on 1/2 gatorboard (it comes in black), aluminum and sintra to make sure the prints stay flat and perfect. There is a service bureau in Green Bay call Green Bay Blue so you could call them for a quote and also check local framers to see if they can mount large prints. Stuff to do in Senior Practicum!