Elena Chimonas' Blog

Photographic Inspirations

Reprinting the A2 Final Prints – Keeping the frames

I had my original 2 A2 final images of the boxer printed and framed with Snappy Snaps. The frames are still suitable for the exhibition but I was not happy with the final choice of print. I’ve decided to print them again at the print bureau which was my original plan that I proposed at the beginning. So that I would have a good choice of print quality this time round I decided to print on Semi – Gloss, Double Weight Matt and Neutral Matt. They will be ready by either Friday afternoon or Monday morning.


My prints were ready on Friday afternoon which was one thing that went right for me on Friday. It defiantly helped the stressful day of my stolen Blurb books. I am happy with all of the prints but like the heavy weight matt and the semi – gloss the best but for different reasons. The heavy weight matt print gives a nice soft finish and is pleasant to the touch although the semi – gloss print does show off the image in a better light as the colours are more vibrant and make the overall photograph a stronger piece to view. The two Semi – gloss prints work best out of all 3 diptychs.

Semi – Gloss

Double Weight Matt

Neutral Matt

Comparing the different print papers


Ordering the Oak and Stainless Steel

After looking around at suitable wood and metal for my plinth I finally came across some oak cuts and a perfect stainless steel pole which is used for the manufacture of exhaust pipes. After consulting with an engineering student on the best way to make the plinth we decided that we would construct it in the following way – An A4 sized 2mm mild steel plate is to be welded to the bottom of the stainless steel pole. A 2 inch hole will be drilled through the middle of a piece of A4 sized oak which will then be dropped over the pole on top of the steel plate and then screwed down. A 2mm mild steel plate will then be welded on top of the plinth at a 45degree angle where two more pieces of A4 sized oak are screwed onto the plate and 2 lips will then be screwed to the very bottom of the steel plate. All the oak is to be given a burnt finish to give the plinth an older feel.

The finished Book.

After the tutorial yesterday I kne whow to finalise my book. The main thing that needed to be changed was the title. I spent a while playing around with different thoughts and was thinking along the lines of The words ‘Journey’ ‘Sport’ and ‘Emotion’ and after titling my images with the time in between the images taken. So for example the before image was titled 00:00:00 and the after 01:57:00 so the final title of the project is Journey:Sport:Emotion which I think ties in well with each image.

I decided against finishing my book in Lulu in the end as I found I was getting better results with the final images. I made the book in Lightroom and sent it directly to Blurb.

New Project Title – Journey:Sport:Emotion

The mentors that I had been assigned came to watch the presentations in class today. Both Caroline Malloy and Harry Hardie were very helpful today. The main thing that the mentors and Paul Smith (my lecturer) picked up on the title for the project which was originally ‘Aftermath.’ They said that the title does not suit the project as it was about the journey that the athletes go through from beginning to end. After I thought about the individual titles for my diptychs I started to play around with the idea of a journey as aposed to my original thought wave of concentrating on the affect on the second image of the athlete. Thinking along the lines of the emotion that the individual goes through within the sporting event I eventually came to a conclusion. As my titles for the diptychs are for example 00:00:00 (before) and 01:57:31 (after) the final title for the project is Journey:Sport:Emotion

Working out the Timings

For a while now I’ve been thinking about titles for my portraits. After the motor sport weekend at Silverstone I thought about titles those dyptychs with the individuals fastest lap, for the Boxers it could be how long they spent in the ring and for theRugby Players could be how many trys scored for example. I later realised that this wouldn’t work as some of the Rugby diptychs could potentially be called ‘0’ I needed something suitable to tie in all the sports together but still liked the idea of using numbers as titles.
After presenting to my mentors I realised that the word in my mind that had been missing was ‘Journey’ and that my portraits show the journey the individual goes through from start to finish. So a way to tie the different sports together would be so that every ‘Before Image’ would be titled 00:00:00 and every ‘After Image’ would be titled with the amount of time after the first image was taken. For example if the the 80 minute game of Rugby had 15 minuets for half time plus 20 minuets extra time (this game in particular) plus the 2 minute team talk would be 117 minuets then that would be 01:57:00. The seconds I took from the camera. Thats why the images appear in the order they do in the book.

I managed to get a copy of the result sheets from the two races. I used this to work out the timings for each diptych. I added on the time it took them to line up for the race + the race time + time getting back and time for me to reach them.

With the boxers, I photographed them when they arrived at 6pm and then an hour and a half later. There was approximately 10 minuets between each person as they came out of the ring after the fight.

Researching Materials for Plinth

Once I decided that I was going to make a book I started to think about the best way to present the book. I thought about a wooden plinth and found someone to make it for me once I had found all the materials. I began by taking a trip to Wicks and seeing what there was there to offer. I know I wanted a nice look to the wood being used and either a metal pole or a strong wooden pole but kept an open mind.

I photographed the options but I am still not utterly convinced with what I have seen today. I have also taken a look on ebay for suitable materials and think that this will be my best bet. Still, it has not been a waisted trip as I know have been what the various materials look and feel like.

Final Images chosen for book

10 portraits from each sport would be good as that would mean 30 images in total showing 15 athletes. I will wait un till I have presented to my mentors before I finalise the book and send it off.



Failed attempts

Over the course of this project there have been some successful responses and there have been others that have not replied or plans that fell through.

*Tennis in Coventry – At the start I thought I could be working with the tennis club in Coventry but their games kept being canceled and then others were not possible for me to attend. This would have been a mixed team of men and women.

*Tennis in Wanstead – When the tennis in coventry seamed less likely to achieve portraits from I contacted a tennis club in East London but sadly did not hear anything else from them after an email saying that someone would get back to me shortly. This would also have been a mixed team of men and women.

*Rugby in Wanstead – I saw an opportunity and went for it. There were a couple of players in a pub and I introduced myself and the project, then gave them my card. No Reply.

*Badminton in North London – This opportunity was through a friend of mine who knows a team in North London. The team did get back to me but by this time it was too late to do any more shoots and I had to concentrate in pulling the project together.This would have been womans team.

I have one email to show. The others were verbal or through text message.

Overall I am still happy with the 3 sports I have worked with and I know trhat I have mad many contacts along the way. This project will defiantly continue after the deadline so they will come in useful.


Dijkstra,R Siegel,K (2001) Rineke Dijkstra : Portraits. Ostfildern-Ruit: HatjeCantz

Dijkstra, R (1997) Rineke Dijkstra: Location. London: Photographers Gallery

Parragon (2008) Images of Football. Photographs from the Daily Mail. Atlantic Publishing

Reuters ltd. (2003) The Art of Sport, The Best Reuters Sports Photography

Zimmerman, J (1971) Photographing Sport. London: Thames & Hudson

Nicholson, S (2008) 2nd The Face of Defeat. The Magenta Foundation

Brown, M (c2012) Website of Matt Brown [online] available from [http://www.mattbrownphoto.com/index.php#mi=2&pt=1&pi=10000&s=0&p=2&a=0&at=0] [23rd march 2012]

Dijkstra, R (c2011) Website of The Moma Collection [online] available from [http://www.moma.org/collection/artist.php?artist_id=8139] [2nd March 2012]

Sander, A (2012) Website of Tate [online] available from [http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/sander-boxers-al00028] [5th March 2012]

Watson, A (c2011) Website of This Memento [online] available from [http://thismemento.com/2011/06/albert-watson-mike-tyson/] [5th March 2012]

On second thought…

After receiving my final prints and laying them all out next to each other I have realised that I want to print them twice as large but have half the amount. After a quick tutorial with Paul Smith I have come to the conclusion that I will put all my effort into making one final book with all my images in from this project.