Assignment 5: Applying the techniques of illustration and narrative.

For this final assignment in The Art of Photography, I am to imagine I am illustrating a story for a magazine. Although there is no requirement for text in the article, I have added captions to the images to link the images together.

For this assignment, I have chosen to use the story of 'a commodity', tracing the process of the manufacture of a table light, manufactured by the company I work for. I have mocked up a front cover of a fictional magazine using Adobe's InDesign and it is my intention to use the program to create the document for electronic submission as well as for printing out in the form of a magazine. Whether I am able to acheive this or not is another matter!

It was important for me to try and balance the form with the content in the images so although most of the images are clearly staged, I have tried to keep a relaxed and impromptu feel, to mirror the way the process actually works. There were a number of images which I felt were quite strong but which didn't quite fit into the flow and so I had to exclude these in order to meet the brief. This was actually quite difficult to do but was an important lesson in editing.

The TG0062.BK.ES is unique - literally. There is only one in the world and it is currently in a box by my desk ready to be flown to Turkey. Over the past 2 years we have been in a constant dialogue with one of the world's leading interior designers regarding placing over 50 of these in a 5-Star hotel, part of one of the world's leading hotel chains. At the moment the project is still very hush-hush. Unfortunately making one of these hasn't been easy and it has taken a great deal of trial and error not to mention the to-ing and fro-ing of samples between London, Paris and Instanbul.

The TG0062, French Table Lamp, is normally made with brass fittings and with cranberry coloured glass. Our client however wished to have nickel fittings and black glass. This involved getting the brass components nickel plated and sent to Paris for approval. We also had to source a black glass sample after initially showing the client a random image from the internet as a starting point. Finally we managed to get a black glass sample that the client liked. We then asked our glass manufacturer to match it. The black glass parts finally arrived on my desk a few weeks later.

The nickel components, having been approved by the designer in Paris, were sent back to me to be used to build the black sample.

The black glass base

The black glass stem.

The nickel base, capital and lampholder.

Danny has been a Bench Wirer at Vaughan for nearly 20 years. It will be his role to build, wire and test the sample.

At the wiring stage, it is important that the client's specification is closely adhered to. In this case the client specified the flex colour, length and switch position as well as the plug type and lampholder. Knowing the country in which the luminaire will be used helps us ensure that the correct wiring configuration is used.

High voltage is used to test the wiring integrity as well as the robustness of the build.

Laurence - Quality Assurance

Prior to the TG0062.BK.ES progressing to Despatch it is thoroughly checked for obvious and not so obvious faults.

Geoff- Despatch

To ensure that the TG0062.BK.ES arrives in one piece after its journey of several thousand miles requires high quality packaging and many years of experience.


Before the luminaire (to use the correct terminology) was packed, there was time for one final shot. Once the sample is approved, which should hopefully now be a formality, we would then await the purchase order coming through from the purchasing company before starting manufacture for the roll-out.