What do you ask someone if you want to make a portrait of them? ‘Can I take your picture please?’ Do I take a picture, or make one? I do think I take something. I take a little glimpse of who you were at the moment of releasing the shutter and I add to that a hint of who I was at the same time and together, a portrait is made of you, of me, of us, of that tiny, fleeting, ephemeral moment when all we had to do was concentrate on who we were and why we were there.
I have been very lucky to have the opportunity to work with a number of clients locally, many of whom champion the ideals of ethical, sustainable and local products which are so important to me.
The Scandinavian Shop
The Dumbuck Hotel, Dumbarton
The Glenburnie Hotel, Oban
Kathryn Polley Photography & The Photo Experience
Designing a logo for my own use proved difficult as it is hard to be objective and the final design went through many iterations before I was entirely satisfied. A lot of both my personal work and commerical work tends to be in colour and I needed a logo that would reflect that and yet not clash with the work being made. Analysis of a great number of my own photographs suggested a colour palette to work with. Research into logos used by other photographers only confirmed that I did not want a variation of the very popular ‘aperture blade’ icon particularly as I seem to be taking on more graphic design projects these days so I was looking for something that would address that. Or at least, not send people in the wrong direction. I use both digital and film cameras, and filters play a large part in my work - at the time of shooting and in post production so as I had already been playing around with strong circular shapes, this provided the direction that I wanted to go in. Tweaking the opacity of the layers allows the logo to blend in and take on something of what it is placed over - emphasising adaptability and transparency and ensuring that the logo is always a good fit.
The Scandinavian Shop - A6 Promotional Postcards and Website SALE banners.
The original Scandinavian Shop signage had a distinctly 1970s flavour to it and we wanted to retain something of that while not merely creating a ‘70s pastiche. Examining the shapes found in the shop sign and logo revealed almost-squares and circles, layered and cut out to leave just a hint of two ‘S’ shapes - for Scandinavian Shop. The shop sells homeware, stationery and gifts and the idea of a gift tag soon presented itself while playing with the shapes. White cutout areas allow images to be dropped in to cater for seasonal variations and future promotions. One design keeps more rigidly to the notion of a gift tag and keeps that hint of the double ‘S’, while the other retains the idea of it without being so literal. It refers also to the idea of a ‘sticker’ which also has a sense of being collectible.
The ‘SALE’ banner was destined for the home page of the website. Two varations were provided, both utilising the gift tag emblem - one in a repeat pattern and one as a single image.