If you’ve seen my past posts, you will recognize this photo from Bannack and my Fine Art print. This photo is almost unedited. I used a mask to slightly tone down the bright lighting from the window, I slightly sharpened part of the machine for printing purposes, and I eliminated a red dot that was on the machine wheel. I love window lighting, how the machine is almost silhouetted, and the side of the organ that is hidden in the shadows.

My college’s on-campus visual society offered the print cash contest called Memories. While I have no memories of Bannack or sewing machines, the photo perfectly fits the theme regardless. Sometimes it’s not about what you think about a piece of art, but what you make other people think about when they look at it.

Contest entered July 13, 2016.


Final Photobook

Surprisingly, compiling and organizing my photobook was the least stressful activity or project I’ve had in COMM 300. Considering my lack of previous experience in photography, I think I’ve made great progress. I understand now that photography is unique and useful because it’s artistic and practical. A photography class can enrich anybody’s life.

This was my first time using My Publisher. Long story short, the process was relatively easy to follow and I was satisfied with my printed book. I can take my photobook into an interview proudly and demonstrate the skills I have acquired as a Visual Communication major.


Click here to view my whole photobook. MakaylaEdwardPhotobook

Fine Art Print

This is the photo I chose to print at 16×24. My video explains the process behind this photo. Edits were very minimal. They were a Black&White adjustment layer to discolor a red dot (as you can see on the machine in the original photo), a mask on that B&W layer, and (I forgot to say in the video) slight sharpening on parts of the machine to compensate for sharpness lost in printing.


Original photo

A video explaining the process, with me holding the actual print.

Photobook: Cover, TOC, Professional Page, First Spread

These are my first attempts to designing my photobook. I used Adobe InDesign and linked the Photoshop files so I can edit as I need to. The icon in my Table of Contents and Professional Page is supposed to be the dried sunflower as seen on the front cover. The icon on the back cover is also my watermark. It’s a logo I designed for myself last semester.


Front Cover


Back Cover

As you may notice, my cover is white and my inside pages are a dark brown. I did this to try and keep with the sunflower’s colors and create contrast. What do you think?


Pro. Page

This portrait of me was taken and edited by my mother, Leslee Edward.


Note that the edging accounts for book binding.

Themed: Damage

With this project, I’m beginning to get a feel for how my photobook might look. This project was to work with photos and typography. While I do not enjoy working with typography, I understand the impact it has on the message and feel of the piece. I think that the thin san serif (Helvetica Neve Ultralight) and serif/old style (Calligraphic 810 BT Roman) fonts match the old, worn, vintage look of my subject.

My subject or theme was damage. It’s a little broad, but that allowed me to capture different types of damage. From mild to severe, peeling paint to faded fabric, a dried sunflower to the worn label on a spool of thread. I think the subject of damages unified the different subjects together nicely. All of these photos were taken at the Bannack ghost town in Montana. My watermark is a logo I designed last semester and I think it represents me well.

As you look through these photos in succession, you might feel a bit put off, uneasy, or slightly melancholy. That was my intention with these photos and typography. While the ghost town was a great visit, you didn’t feel quite right or a bit on edge. I think that’s due in part to the vast amount a abandonment and damage. You might note that the sentence “Where’s the beauty in damaged and abandoned … and being dragged down” doesn’t have a punctuation. This is because you can take it as a question or a statement. The art here is more than the photos, but in what you feel and are reminded of. Enjoy.














Bannack – Creative

Still taken at Bannack, these photos display creativity and thinking differently.

Levitation. She balanced her rear on a stool and was lit up with an Einstein light. Utilized simple masking.
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The prompt to this picture was “Out of the Box”. To me, the flat end of a crowbar looks like the flat sponge a girl uses to put eyeshadow on. The crowbar is mine and, while I thought this girl was from our class, I may have pulled aside a random tourist…



A Conceptual picture. She is a Banshee, cracking her eyes and skin with her scream instead of the glass. The texture is from