These are my reflections on Week 1
The Final Major Project first Module is underway. At this point I start to gather my ideas, while circumstances enabled the first shoot
The Introduction to FMP video was watched back once more.
This, of course, led to an increased focus on the first two deliverables: a Pecha Kucha presentation and Final Project Proposal.
Develop your photographic practice through the synthesis of practical work, contextual research and professional activities, and with the integration of other disciplines.
LO6 Written and Oral Communication Skills
Articulate ideas in a range of formats and contexts, and be able to communicate with different audiences.
LO5 Critical Analysis
Make personal observations and form critical opinions to analyse and appraise your own work, as well as the work of your peers and other practitioners.
LO4 Professional Location of Practice
Establish an understanding of the range of professional contexts for the dissemination and consumption of contemporary photographic practice, and identify opportunities to engage with audiences and markets.
LO3 Critical Contextualization of Practice
Apply a critical awareness of the diversity of contemporary photographic practice to the development of your own work, and inform your practice through historical, philosophical, ethical and economic contextualization.
LO2: Visual Communication and Decision-Making
Exercise discernment in the making, resolution and presentation of practical work, and an ability to communicate ideas through creative visual strategies.
LO1: Technical and Visual Skills
Demonstrate an awareness of a range of photographic and image-making processes, and display accomplishment of photographic skills relevant to your practice specialism.
This video provides a case study of Dana’s work. She started off with a commissioned piece for a newspaper. The quality of the portraiture led to funding to revisit the US over 20 years. The work culminated in a collaboration that resulted in a compelling presentation through the web.
The use of a large format 5 by 4 field camera made Dana’s work special and led to the making of beautiful large scale prints. I don’t think MA students would be expected to accomplish 20 years of success in 6 months remaining. However, it is worthwhile remembering where beautiful portfolio images can lead and so to be both motivated and aware of what can transpire. Our very best work we realise will not happen in a rush at the end of our studies but has to be built up over the months ahead. We need to have already begun.
The use of film would not work for me. At present, the only portraits I have come from the family archive as my work reaches back over a century.
Start early with our FMP project work and perhaps aim towards multiple ends: book, exhibition, web, audio, video as appropriate. We need to be focussed on online delivery of our assignments
During the Assessment Period we saw a visit to Unseen Amsterdam. I engaged in the following:
- warm up exercise
- visit to Huis Amsterdam
- social nearby then on to dinner
- initial visit to Unseen bookfair
- individual then group visit to Eliot Halls Gallery
- visit Unseen
- social dinner
- portfolio review
- met bitcoin developer
Returned to UK