Jessica Hallam – Sheffield Hallam Graphic Design Graduate.
Punk, Publications and Photographs.
Photography has been something that has revolved around my lifestyle for the past 5 years having being involved in the punk scene. Appreciating my friends on their ‘hands on’ style and putting themselves out their in the art world just by enjoying something they do personally as a hobby. This made myself realise that this was something to be involved in myself and since the day i bought myself a cheap point and shoot camera from a charity shop that it was something that gave myself a spark. Just messing around at local punk shows then extended onto appreciating different artists within the documentary style of photography. An archive of photographs started to build up but nothing was being done with them and this is when the realisation of having a publication to but them into was equally as important. Graphic Design helps to communicate the story of the photographs through a consistent and well thought out layout with typographical elements. This hit the nail in the head in what i thought about myself as a designer. Having these two different skills to take interesting photography and place them into aesthetically pleasing publication is a great knowledge to have. The appreciation for record covers was something that also got myself so passionate for Graphic Design. Specifically picking up records with intriguing covers and well set type like Joy Division, Bauhaus and New Order. In future my wish is to have an archive of my own work that can be looked back on to have been involved in a certain movement.