This assignment has been a while coming — but well worth the wait! It shows a very competent use of lighting, post treatment and visual skills that you integrate well together. It’s actually very difficult to light small sets — the light goes everywhere and you have controlled this very well. The images are a very competent realisation of your research that has been developed into effective communication ideas. Each image shows a particular aspect of study and the whole set together is a narrative of your own experience.
This set is highly creative. It takes a lot of risks but I think that’s where it has strength. It’s an alternate way and individual way of seeing things. This is quite a powerful personal voice at this level, and it’s shouting loud and clear about the struggles, perhaps little bit of fun and the determination, needed to complete your studies.
The learning log is highly articulate and very well referenced. It is easy to see and follow where your influences have come from and where you had issues e.g.; shooting tethered for the first time and not looking square and level at the screen gave you false highlight information.
I think you have done very well here under a number of difficult and challenging life circumstances.
It’s not a criticism but it’s is a fact that what you have done here, is far more than was necessary. You could have done a shorter series and you could have produced a lot less in the research and the written side of the work. In other words, your editing skills need developing. This would have reduced stress and helped you complete much earlier. I mentioned this much earlier in on and it’s been like this throughout the course. Always check with your tutor in future if it’s enough or not — are you in the region — too little or too much. Assessors can only give so many marks on certain areas of the study and the grades are only really relevant (rather than just the progress made) in year/level 3 (level 6).
You are someone who wants to do it properly and to work at a high level. Well this project is very strong for the level and you should be very pleased with it. Well done.
Feedback on Assignment
wearing a mask [cover_image.jpg]
Well researched Cahun and the mask — a Sensual Politics of Photography is indeed interesting. This is an interesting view of self — yes I can accept it as a representation of self because of the considered visual construction and the referencing underpinning it.
So let’s get that out of the way and move forward. You have experienced some interesting tethered issues with the highlights’ — yes the image varies as do all digital images on screen. You have done well though in lighting and posing terms there is a message coming along here of reticence — hiding so it works quite well. The relationship between inside and outside is visually discussed.
the beginning [image_01.jpg]
This is more difficult to access. It has a more semiotic approach with the positioning of the hand inferring what could be a range of feelings from i.e. sincerity, truth, honesty. You put this down as vulnerability, but it’s not that strong here. The lighting is again quite good with the half shadow on the face giving it some extra form.
making progress [image_02.jpg]
Similar lighting attempted, but it just isn’t quite right. There is a vertical shadow across the eye. If you fill in a little behind, it will add to the image. I say this with confrontation in mind! It would have been a little better coming out of the dark. The images are difficult to relate to the finished project. They could be past images — no longer valued, cast aside — just as easily, so the message isn’t so strong visually. I will grant there is a little arrogance here and some disregard for the images coming across though.
tutor’s report [image_03.jpg]
I really like the light on this one. The figure is well posed and reading the letter — tutor report. I think it could have had a window frame on the edge — small handmade and with a little tracing paper on the outside it would have given you all the natural light necessary. In terms of the trepidation that the allegedly fearsome reports may bring this doesn’t quite hit home. There is a solace or a quietness about it. Some lines of text on the page would have helped as well. It’s a good effort though and well connected to Vermeer and Hunter through research and into the visual output.
visiting exhibitions [image_04.jpg]
This image is interesting in its composition and reflects on the research —Simmons and Ingres. However, there is a disjointed feel with the purpose of the sizeable, in proportion image in the back ground. There is some depth in this image which has been well created but it makes the size and relevance of the picture on the wall perhaps greater than was intended. There is strength though in the implied interruption — the challenge to the viewer /voyeur. There is through the pose an implied nude reference but that doesn’t give the invitation to view again, a visual confrontation with the facial expression.
reading & research [image_05.jpg]
The over the top from above viewpoint is the main difference here. There is though a placid face on the doll — sleeping or dead — it’s hard to say. Is there a clue in the reading material — Eggleston’s’ tricycle ? It’s a tough one to read but as part of the set it’s ok to be ambiguous sometimes. It’s a long way from the death of Marat and again some small props may have been used to position the doll in a similar pose.
This is quite acceptable as your images are far away from those of the initial source — it’s not a problem at all. Not sure about the cut off legs — it’s quite subjective.
looking at photographers [image_06.jpg]
It’s a change of position and we join the doll looking at the Blumenfeld image. What is she looking at — is she looking at Blumenfeld’s take on the Vermeer “girl with the pearl earring “? Is it about you referencing or Blumenfeld? I’m not sure it’s quite obscure but visually quite interesting. Again the size of the image is interesting but you don’t comment on that.
surrounded by images [image_07.jpg]
This is good with the prop — it’s only a seat but it elevates her from the images. I like the connection to Kessels installation. I do believe I would have done a few dozen images and turned them into a few thousand digitally! However your tenacity pays off with the authenticity of the image. This one communicates strong feelings about the work done. Perhaps disappointment, self deprecation or the frustration you felt and imply. The lighting is well controlled here — the head could have burnt out quite easily.
taking a break [image_08.jpg]
I really like this — about time we had some pleasure from the work. Its again well researched and in the overall narrative shows a balance that we all find in any walk of life — work or home etc. there are implications in the pose that are perhaps a little more “inviting“ than perhaps intended though.
the beast has left the building [image_09.jpg]
This is another image that is actually difficult to get meaning from or associate meaning to. This is in the main due to the tiny image of the pigs head. In Smithson’s images the costume and the images were linked. Your thoughts were linked to the terrors of another pig assignment and yet the pig is so very small. I couldn’t tell until I enlarged it several times what it was. Again in the narrative you don’t mention the reason for the image on the wall hence the lack of visual connection. There is also another layer of disconnect with the doll facing away from the frame. This may be intentional but you don’t say.
despair [again] [image_10.jpg]
This one works much better it’s a straight graphic depiction of what is know these days as “a stress head”! That’s a technical term we use you know! It is how we all feel and I think anyone seeing this will empathise with it. Its straightforward but it works with the set.
This is a very strong image within the set and fitting to be the end of the series. It encapsulates triumph over the work with all the images at your (oops…her ) feet now. Then there’s the every important pig that has turned up its toes and is of no consequence. It’s a well constructed, well composed image that relates well to the Delacroix reference.
The layout for the magazine is very good indeed. It shows you have strong visual skills in this area and that you have considered the position and size of the images on the page. You have also looked at and thought about their relevance to each other. This is very strong for the level and area of study.
Learning Logs/Critical essays
The learning log, reflection and the narrative commentary are all well presented and well populated. They have plenty of strong referencing to support the image making. You show your progress through the work in a highly articulate manner. There is good evidence in your reflection of things experienced in Lightroom and the changes in your practice / understanding and use of new tools. You are very self aware and have extensively researched and documented this assignment to a very high standard. There is strong evidence of your intellectual development within this assignment /course and you have show considerable insightful understanding.Read More »
Allowing myself to get distracted from the assignment in hand—not good; but need to keep this. Was browsing through online catalog for auction—just looking at images.Read More »
Photo taken at Guy Bourdin [Arles]—but what is fascinating me here is the vertical on the right—the way the shadow of the viewer—is dominating the person within the image.Read More »
Arles did the trick! I’ve not really picked up the camera ‘in anger’ as Rob™ would say for many months.Read More »
Have to stop thinking of ideas for this assignment, commit and get going…Read More »
In SA for a couple of weeks, visiting my parents—and enjoying the escape from the cold and snow that seems to be enveloping the UK at the moment.Read More »
Doug made an interesting comment on my blog yesterday—on the post referring to Jessica Tampas.Read More »
I’ve written about the Catherine Edelman Gallery previously on my blog—and recommended that people subscribe to the Cyclops blog.Read More »
This is more like it—more like the old me! ‘Drop-boxed’ my assignment, images and journal—well, the bits I have been writing since I got onto assignment 4—so it has gone. Not expecting a reply too soon—actually not hoping for one too soon as the response might burst the ‘happy little bubble’ that I am experiencing at the moment. [My tutor has responded and he has been unwell, and has loads of other assignments and essays to get to—so I'm not watching my inbox frantically!]
Also did my reflections and a contact sheet a couple of days after and have put it in same dropbox. Guess I was not overly positive in my reflections, as I’ve not been about the whole assignment—but am hoping it’s not dire or rejected.
One of the things that I did not emphasise in my reflections is how I ‘objectified’ the pig’s head as the demon that had caused my standstill. But I did do that, as each time I created another image, I would look at it closely and mutter at it and explain what problems it had caused me. Didn’t help that in many of the images it seemed to be smiling, gloating even. [Which pissed me off and made me mutter even more…!]
‘It’ slept in the deep-freeze for over a week—in its own shelf—I was worried that as it was decomposing when it returned to the freezer that it might infect something else—so no way was it going near anything that I might be saving for some special meal! It left on Friday morning when the ‘dirty’ bin garbage collection came—I didn’t watch it go—but the partner did—he was worried that because of the weight of the bin, they might look inside and refuse to take it? Which led us on to an awful conversation of how easily one could dispose of a dead body!
Anyway, I think it worked. I went out with the camera today—and it was no longer the enemy! Was waiting for some friends to arrive—doing some staged shots from their christening a couple of weeks ago—and while I waited, with the snow having melted, I saw a shot—daffodils starting to bloom in the graveyard. The light was not right—so I returned after we had done a couple of images—and it had swung round to highlight the daffs better. So here I am, having come out of the gloom, seeing rebirth and growth—and loving, and using natural light—now that’s a turn-up for the books!
The concept of life and death, daffodils and head-stones, with the ‘spotlight’ on the daffs might seem a little clichéd. But I don’t care. It has made me happy and less fearful of the camera—it’s signifying new beginnings for me—and I’m using it for my project on juxtaposition in the module on narrative! Done! Now to do that tax return!
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Not really happy with my photographic lighting image for shape, I opted to try something different for this final image…Read More »
Warning as this post contains graphic images! Finally, finally, finally—after so many months, I am getting somewhere…!Read More »
Knackered after visiting the Klein+Moriyama exhibition yesterday. Off to ‘do a christening’ today…Read More »
Yesterday I put nose to the wheel, shoulder to the grindstone —or whatever other cliché one wishes to use to describe doing a ‘lot of work’.Read More »
Not really—but visited Somerset House yesterday [Jan 05, 2013]—to see “Cartier-Bresson—A Question of Colour”.Read More »
Sent Barry a link to a blog over the weekend; and then thought that maybe I should post all the links here…Read More »
Been stuck in a rut for the last couple of months; and have not moved forward at all—it’s now time to do so…Read More »
Finally got back shooting today. Not doing coursework, just working my way towards the images for assignment 4.Read More »
An interesting, online gallery—well worth some of your time—is the Chicago Project from the Catherine Edelman GalleryRead More »
My first ever ‘photography’ lecture as such—and was I like a rabbit caught in headlights!Read More »
And so it begins—the pain-staking search for data on drives—and the systematic rebuilding of my system…Read More »
Thrilled —just got email from Apple saying that my new machine has been processed and is now being dispatched…Read More »
In the previous post on exposure, I commented on a difference I had seen between processing in LR4 and LR3…Read More »
I think—like many students of TAOP—we really don’t get it! We don’t know how to read photographs…Read More »
Because I want to use the doll for the images in assignment 4, I know that I need to control the light…Read More »
I’m still out on holiday, but you can see from the feature image that I have done some of my light studies…Read More »
This is going to be my view for the next two weeks, so not too sure how much blogging will occur during that period…Read More »
So assignment 3 on colour is in—done and dusted—in my tutor’s hands. Relief that I had submitted before I saw this post on Wicked Halo. It would have had me rethinking my whole approach! Together with a series of still-life arrangements reflecting the cycle of life, David LaChapelle has done the seasons—in a fabulous, intricate, colourful way that so appeals. [All images via Wicked Halo]
Painterly effect in some—similar feel to Lynn Collin’s Trespasser series, although much more vivid. Strong colour is part of LaChapelle’s style—in the images I have seen anyway. Inclusion of pop-culture junk allows him to pass comment on society. His images say something—ultimately I would like my images to do so too. I like the concept of still-life, and there seems to be a swing back to it at the moment—series of articles in March BJP—”Art as Object’.
Going to make my first little attempt at basic still-life and story-telling in assignment 4—but much more to come slowly over my studies—not going to take on too much in my first attempt especially since the experience of assignment 3 still lingers. So they will be nothing like this at all—just one doll and a few props! And maybe some smoke too!Read More »
This story—regarding the ban of DSLR cameras at Aldywch underground station has just featured on the BJP website…Read More »
I’m so tempted to call this a ‘book of the week’ post; but that might mean…Read More »
I’ve not picked up the camera in over two weeks now—intentional and not lazy—I’ve been training my eye…Read More »
There was a plop through the postbox this morning—not the light plop of a letter or the heavy thud of a book…Read More »
This is just a share for fellow OCA students…a useful way of remembering links, sites and images that appeal.Read More »
If like me, you are a fan of Sebastião Salgado, then you might want to see this exhibition at Somerset House [2 November—4 December]Read More »
It’s not often that something that looks like it might be worthwhile (and free) comes along, but this might be worth a look…Read More »
Has the time come to throw away the tripod? If this sneak peak is anything to go by, it looks like my blurry images might be a thing of the past…Read More »
There’s a new fusion magazine which might be worth a look. Called ‘Hungry Eye’, it seems to be where many—who left Professional Photographer a few months back—have moved.Read More »
In this last set of exercises for module 2, we were required to find a minimum of two images—one which illustrated rhythm and one which illustrated pattern.Read More »
This exercise moves from real visual lines—which have been studied in the previous projects— to the more optical/virtual/implied lines which can exist between points.Read More »
Have been stressing about the ‘temporary’ status of having a blog; the ‘what if it all disappears into the ether’ type question.Read More »
A continuation of the lines in composition exercise, with this section concentrating on horizontal lines as an element of design.Read More »
The purpose of this exercise was to discover vertical lines as elements of design within a composition.Read More »
Spending the afternoon watching a movie on Kelbytraining. Not a movie on photography or Photoshop.Read More »
The purpose of this exercise was illustrate how the introduction of a secondary point in an image destroys the basic simplicity of an image.Read More »
Have not got any further this week. Need to channel energies; too dysfunctional. Learning that I must RTFM as getting to grips with the new little camera is taking some time.Read More »
Been outside taking pics of apples from the tree, trying to visualise/understand more about points and the diagrams from Harald Mante’s book, The Photograph: Composition & Color Design.Read More »