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Making My Installation Letter to Self Sections

I wanted to add the letter to self that I wrote back in first year into my installation because I felt it really showed how I was feeling back when I first came to university. I also decided to add the reply letter to self I wrote at the end of my first year to show how much I grew in one year. My reply letter to self now would be very similar, except I’d have to say how nervous I feel about being out in the real world all the worries that follow. But I didn’t want my installation to be about that, I wanted it to be about how I have grown as a person from my childhood to now, always carrying those memories with me, and how I was always at home. Now it is different, I feel myself becoming disconnected from home, that’s what the ghostly photographs are trying to say, that I never really visit home much now, I have moved on. But I will always carry my childhood with me, symbolised by the childhood photographs, and I will always have my imagination, symbolised by the photographs of the sky.

I sewed each of the letter on their own piece of ribbon, so that they can move when people walk past them, and so people can get close to read them. I want the installation to be a mass of suspended photographs and words, hopefully letting people use their imagination when they look at it.


Reply Letter to Self

Reply Letter to Self….

It is almost the end of my first year at university now. Reading your letter fills me with a sense of pride about what I have achieved in that short space of time. I certainly no longer need a map to find my way around the University. I also know Coventry better now; I can walk to the shops and the supermarket with ease. I also found out where the post boxes are so I can keep in touch the old fashioned way.

I have made some wonderful friends on my course, some I hope to keep for the rest of my life. They have helped me learn new skills and have made me become slightly more confident with myself. I have even had my first taste of alcohol, and I have to say I liked it, so more please Kayleigh. I still don’t really click with my flatmates, but I prefer my friends on my course. I don’t need to try and fit in with my flatmates.

I have been working hard, but also doing my old trick of leaving things to the last minute. I really do need to work on that. I have been taking many pictures, film digital and pinhole shots. I have moved onto using digital more for my photographs because I like how you have the power to see the photograph after you have taken it. It makes taking photographs so much easier, but I do still like film. I have even had a go at making photograms again, and will continue to experiment throughout my Uni life.

I certainly have focused on light in my photography not just because it was one of our assignments, but because I like the subject. I have also done lots of landscape and nature photography, and am starting to branch out into pinhole pictures and studio portraits, which should be fun. There’s even a little money saved away for the degree show in my bank which I wouldn’t have bet on at the start of the year.

I am glad to say that yes I am happy with life and my choice of University. If I hadn’t have made the choice to put Coventry down on my list I wouldn’t have met all my lovely friends, my amazing boyfriend David and learnt all the new things about photography. I am looking forward to another year of new experiences and living with 3 brilliant people. Hopefully staying with David forever, and keeping the friends I have made for the rest of my life.

XOXO Chloe

Letter to self

Letter to self

To my future self…..

It is the end of the first week of induction, and what a long week it was. I hope you are able to walk around without a Coventry map folded in your back pocket with confidence not trepidation.

I am crossing my fingers for you to know everybody on the photography course by sight and name. At the moment I find it hard to relate to my flat mates, who all roll into bed at 3am, banging about breaking things. I do not want you to have bowed to the pressure of following them, as I cannot understand how they ever manage to get work done. I hope the work load hasn’t reduced you to working late into the night, but I do want you to have a great portfolio of beautiful photographs mounted and analysed.

One thing I would wish for you to have done is to learn to use Photo-shop, even though the advantage module was full, and at least have had a go with studio work.

Though at this moment I like to use old-fashioned film cameras for my photography, I would wish you to have moved on to digital because it can do so much more.

I hope you find time for yourself, as we both know how you like to be on your own, and that your flatmates take this and accept it because I am worried how they will feel about me not liking to go out drinking.

As for my photography, I would like you to have focused on light, landscapes and even done some joiners. I am wanting to one day try a 360 degrees joiner of a place, you may have attempted that. It would be amazing if you have saved up some money towards your final year degree show, but I know how much the books at Waterstones call you.

It will almost be the end of your first year away from home, though I cannot at this point see myself as a confident leaver, I know you would have at least plucked up the courage to get a train home on your own.

I hope that you now know how to fully use all of the different settings on your digital SLR camera, and have used the night settings and shutter speed to get beautiful photographs of the night traffic outside your window.

All I can do is sit and wish for everything to be ok with you, so at least I know I have something to look forward to. But I cannot see into the future, yet I hope this letter finds you well and happy with the choice of course and University and that you have made friends that you will keep forever.

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