Layout Experiment. James Bellorini 2020.

It’s also perhaps odd to call this post ‘Beginnings’ considering it’s a direct continuation of the work and but it is the beginning of the wider ‘life’ of MANNA with all the ideas and plans for it as mapped out as part of the master’s process.

From this point on this journal will present research, ideas, developments, etc. for MANNA, other project work, and my development as a photographic artist post-M.A. Though the themes of MANNA remain unchanged, I need to develop the project and the work further and this journal will reflect this. As such, it will not be as formally structured as the direct master’s journals and is referenced in a separate category to that of the master’s modules and Final Major Project.

There is a certain liberation that has come without the pressure of the master’s deadlines, though part of me misses them too. And I’ve found adjusting to a new routine a little disorientating. But, I’ve been digging into my zine development and further experimenting with layout ideas and freeform page structures. These aren’t meant as anything more than investigations, sketches almost that give me the opportunity to see my work in different ways. A visual cut-up technique that sort of harks back to the very early collage work of my first M.A. module but with the zine as a foundation very much at the forefront of my mind. The process highlights the potential for renewed/surprising narratives and contexts that I also find influencing my ideas around prints and exhibited work.

I’ve been looking at a variety of magazines from the experimental (e.g. Emulsion) to the more ‘formal’ layouts of Cloakroom for example. There’s a lot of freedom here as a form and it’s inspiring, playful.

Experimental page/image layout. James Bellorini 2020.

I’m also in the process of renewing my freelance online presence and developing a new website for that. This is a case of removing older client work and refreshing my portfolio utilising the new voice in my current output. And the ‘editorial’ experimentation seen above is carrying over into draft layouts in the website as well.

I hope that this journal also remains a place of interest for the people following it and who have taken the time to read, like, and comment on previous posts. it’s my aim that this remains a useful space to engage with the creative journey.

As a reminder, the MANNA project website is here: (it’s in it’s first iteration, so inevitably will grow and change).

It would be great to stay in touch. You can find me in all the usual places: