Underway ….

Right, time to work. Narrative project is under way (Please check out http://blackthornphotography.wordpress.com) and now as of today my professional futures is underway. Yet I feel like I haven’t done enough. Time to crack on, will be posting as I go along with work, when I have time as alot of it is book work


What is Narrative?

In reference to the English Dictionary, Narrative is : 

1. A narrated account; a story.
2. The art, technique, or process of narrating.
1. Consisting of or characterized by the telling of a story: narrative poetry.
2. Of or relating to narration: narrative skill.
Over the years narrative has been used in many different ways, it is a form of social  communication. From the written word; such as J.R.R Tolkien’s and Charles Dickens books, to the use of “Oral” word; within the News or by hand; hieroglyphics and cave paintings. These are all forms of Narrative, the telling or depiction of a story.
Narrative is also present in Photography. The concept of using photography to tell a story interests me. Like many people I have a creative imagination, that has a tendency to run away with itself, getting lost other worlds. As a child I was raised with fairy tales, such as the Grimm’s, Fables and Mythology and throughout life those wonderful stories have stuck with me.
Below are extracts from my lecture notes …
Narrative Genres:
  • Documentary
  • Fiction
  • Scientific
  • Theoretical
  • Poetic
  • Personal / Dairy

Narrative Structures:

  • Linear
  • Random
  • Open ended / Closed
  • Repetition
  • Flashback

Narrative Strategies:

  • Textual Narrative
  • Text as Image
  • Still Image
  • Tableau
  • Moving Image


I will be referring back to these at a later date for further research into Narrative as well as for my experimentation.

A picture of my work space, need more room. I have no draws, just a table so everything gets crammed on a small desk.
Anyway, time to crack on with the Narrative project
(Photo quality isn’t great because it was taken on my phone which has a poor camera)

Music or No Music?

Are you the type of person that can watch videos whilst working, listens to music or has to have complete silence? Personally I can not work with TV or videos playing on in the background. Far too distracting. Then in comparison I hate silence, my mind ends out wandering when I am trying to work. However I can not listen to music with Lyrics either.

When working I have to have music on, but just music other wise I end out singing along or if I am typing I type what I am hearing. Strange how the mind works.

So here is a small collection of what I listen to whilst working (all from youtube):

These are just a few things I listen to, sometimes I can listen to things with Lyrics, but mostly if it is typing then I try to stay away from lyric music. 

What about you? What do you listen to to help you work? do you listen to anything, or can you watch TV when working?  Or do you prefer silence? 

Would love to hear from you, 

Ruby Blackthorn 

New Year, New Projects, New Challenges

I know it is a little late, but Happy New Year everyone, I hope you all have a better year than 2013. I certainly hope I do. 2013 was hard, especially so after August. Anyway no time to dwell on that.

I was hoping over the summer holiday that I would have the chance to post up to date University things that I have done, however I did quite the opposite. I don’t think I posted over Christmas at all. I was attempting this thing called relaxation (which, like many comes very hard for me, even when people think I am relaxed my brain is dancing around and doing stupid things and my body is constantly tense) as well as working.

Over the Christmas break I was hired to photograph a wedding. I was over the moon with this, I have previously photographed 2 weddings, but unlike this one I wouldn’t have an assistant to lean on (which was generally my Mother who is also a photographer). This was my first solo wedding. Scary thought. What if my camera died on me? What if the flash gun didn’t work? what if the photos don’t turn out well? So many things were running through my head. Needless to say I knew inside that I could do it, but my head was making up stupid nonsense as always. Self doubt is a killer of the heart, but can also be useful. Just have to know when to listen to it. 

I had a great time at the wedding, everyone was calm and happy to help. The bride and groom mentioned that it was the 1st me doing this on my own, which I was very thankful for. The wedding went without a hitch and the newly weds really like all of the photograph’s (even got paid a little more than I had asked for which made my day that little bit more special). This experience has given me the confidence to keep moving forward and even though I would not like to carve out a future as a wedding photographer, it would be something I would enjoy doing every now and again.

Now getting back on track, I am now back at University, in my 2nd semester now. Once again I have been handed 3 projects all at once. 1st: Professional  Futures, which entails Work Experience. 2nd, Critical Approaches, an Essay and finally 3rd, Narrative project. For Narrative we have been tasked with keeping a blog (has to be new so the lectures can pull out what is for this project rather than shifting through everything else) and an RDB (research and Development Book). Along side this they want 2 different outcomes along the same theme. 1 in digital format and the other in a small publication format. So alot of work. 

So hopefully along side all of this work, when I get my previous projects back I will start posting them up with my new work (labeled/ titled correctly) 

if anyone would like to follow my Narrative project blog, then please click the link below. I would be entirely thankful to you all for following and reading my blog as I am thankful to anyone following this blog. 


I hope you are all having a good day, take care and may this year be good to you all. 

Ruby Blackthorn 

I would like to say Merry Christmas to everyone, I hope you have a fantastic day, full of happiness and joy. 

Christmas Holidays … FInally

Finally the Christmas holidays are here and thank god for that. I need a break. I haven’t posted much up recently because I have been so busy with university, and am I glad it is over for this term. It has been manic and so intense. Had to put on an exhibition, which was successful, write an essay (evil things) and do the Vision and Knowledge project which consists of book work and finals (which barely anyone understood because too many lectures were saying different things). Anyway, I will be posting up things form my book such as artist bits and pieces and images from my book after christmas when I get my book back, but I will be posting up ideas, photographs and other bits and pieces over christmas. 

I am so glad to have a break, as I am sure so many others as as well. I hope you all have a wonderful christmas, if you do not celebrate christmas, I hope you have a wonderful time nether the less and that you are all able to put your feet up and relax a little over the holiday. 

Merry Christmas everyone, hope its a good one no matter what 

Lots of love 

Ruby Blackthorn 

My mum and I were discussing height. I am only 4ft 11 and my mum is just 5ftish. Anyway we were joking around about it and she called me a pixie so I called her a dwarf an that I imagined her with a ginger beard. This is just a bit of messing around on photoshop, it’s rough nothing fancy but amusing :) love my mum. This is what I do in my spare time when I should be doing an essay and bookwork #instracollage #mum #lovemymum #mother #photography #photoshop #funny #joking #beardareawesome #beards #lovebeards #beardedladies

Photography work book #instacollage #photography #workbook #university #student #farnham #collage