Assignment 2 Feedback and Reflection

Strengths

  • Good consistent set of images
  • Related search
  • Good Self-Assessment but..

Areas for development

  • Explore technical approaches
  • Learning Log to evidence independent work
  • Take a more formal approach to this

Response to Feedback

We had a discussion about some of the issues I had been having and we agreed to maintain a formal approach when it came to assignments.

It was good to hear that the theme held well, but highlighted some of the issues with the angle and soft blur. My tutor sent a link for me to look at regarding studio lighting which you can see the results of here. My issues with the soft blur  were as a result of trying to maintain a low ISO, We agreed sometimes it is necessary to change this in order to maintain good focus. One of the things I had considered initially when thinking of this assignment was using soft focus on all the subjects.

I’d like to revisit this assignment and reshoot the series again, but at the time of writing we are in lockdown. I do have some ideas on how I can employ some lighting, with perhaps the subjects head resting on a pillow against a neutral coloured wall and using lighting to create some shadow. My choice of monochrome was  mainly down to the images simply looking better  and the series had felt more consistent. I really didn’t like the artificial lighting in the room at the time. I may change my mind on this once I have another go at the assignment.

My tutor also appreciated what I was attempting to do by getting everything right in camera, but I also need to embrace the fact that photo editing is very powerful and can add another dimension to my photography. Research was good, though the use of an image from one or two photographers might work well for putting my approach to the assignment in context.

Finally my tutor advised using the assessment criteria as part of my assignment work, which when I look at it it does make good sense as it guides your train of thought to follow a process of evaluation for the overall assignment.

Assessment criteria points
Demonstration of technical and visual skills – Materials, techniques, observational skills, visual awareness, design and compositional skills.
Quality of outcome – Content, application of knowledge, presentation of work in a coherent manner, discernment, conceptualisation of thoughts, communication of ideas.
Demonstration of creativity – Imagination, experimentation, invention.
Context – Reflection, research, critical thinking.

Suggested Resources and Reading

  • Practioners from Project 3
  • Trente Park
  • Gary Winogrande
  • Eisenstaedt
  • Joel Meyerowitz

http://www.joelmeyerowitz.com/

He has a very interesting way of working on the city streets.  Now sure if you’ll be able to find the BBC’s Genius of Photography programme online, but there is a very interesting section showing him at work.

Japanese photographers  – the ‘Provoke’ movement

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Provoke_%28magazine%29

Take a look at the work of Daido Moriyama and Takuma Nakahira – examples perhaps, of an antithesis to ‘Decisive Moment’ and classical composition

http://petapixel.com/2013/05/22/on-the-constant-moment/

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2014/dec/23/henri-cartier-bresson-the-decisive-moment-reissued-photography

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