The project submission is in two main parts :-
- Final Images as a framed collage of nine images.
- Workbook with research, notes and examples of other location work undertaken.
- Proposal for location project
- Blogs of Location Shoots
- Research into Postal reform and history of Post Boxes.
- Project Evaluation.
- The submission is also available as a blog on my website stevesf8.org.uk this is basically the same as the material in the work book but there are additional images available on the web site.
I had originally planned a fashion scrap yard shoot as my location project and had prepared for this with the acquisition and preparation of a prop chair. However I also decided to use a professional model, partly because this had been very successful with the Bunny Pumpkin shoot and also because the scrap yard is a public space I thought an experienced model would cope better with likely attention.
However time was tight due to an impending holiday and I thought if I was going to spend circa £150 on the shoot with model and travel then I wanted to ensure it would be as successful as possible so decided on the alternative project for the submission. I may yet shoot the scrap yard to generate some images for my final show. TBD.
Proposals for both shoots follow (scrap yard proposal is a link).
Proposal for post box project.
On a local cycle ride I encountered the picturesque setting of a wall mounted post box in South Cerney which was set in an old building which had also been taken over by an old plant – I assume Ivy.
On examination I was also intrigued to note that instead of the usual ER labelling on post boxes this one was marked GR VI. As a result I did some research and learned that post boxes are installed with the royal mark of the reigning monarch at time of installation and are not replaced until taken out of service. Obvious really but simply something I hadn’t considered.
Since the start of the general introduction of post boxes in circa 1855 there have been 6 monarchs, representations of the various marks are linked below.
Royal Ciphers, Paul. ‘Wicks Family – Paul & Phyllis Wicks And Family’. Wicks.org. N.p., 2015. Web. 15 Apr. 2015.
The rarest post boxes are from Edward VIII due to his abdication after than less than a year as King with only approx 150 of a total population of around 115,000 post boxes surviving nationally.
George V’s mark is unusual in having no numeral and Edward VII is the most ornate. Personally I like the graphic design of Victoria, combing the foot of the R and V.
There are many variations in post boxes, location, size, mounting, older boxes have been retrofitted with modern collection information displays.
Accordingly I decided that for the project a series of images depicting a post boxes of each of the monarchs would be suitable as it clearly required a series of location shoots and research to identify the post boxes and planning to get there.
Scrapyard Location Proposal is included for completeness.