PHO705: Easter Reflection

The Final Major Project is expected to adapt to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Falmouth University Self-help

A series of Thursday meetings have been run or engaged in for students as a Final Major Project cross-cohort group. We are all affected by the pandemic that is currently peaking.

Effects of imposed social isolation are many, from not being able to shoot project images anymore, through to cancelled exhibitions.

There is increased engagement from our tutors and module leaders at this time with many inspirational guest lectures.

A personal challenge, exhibition apart, is simply writing with distractions and increased communications with families and through a media storm.

Completion of the MA

There are two key communications:

  • PhotoHub – Announcements – ECs Updates from the University Course Leader 20 Mar.
  • Office of the Vice-Chancellor 3 Apr. Coronavirus: update on assessments.

I’ve really no idea how to fully interpret these in my circumstances, without stopping to clarify. With time already lost to the pandemic, I cannot sustain too much more delay.

As for self-isolating, I’ve been isolating in effect since the end of September and I’m quite used to it now.

My work was designed to be sustainable from 3 months into the course. If necessary I could simulate glow using pressure marks in a similar way to exposing photographic paper.

As for making I planned in advance and have enough materials for printing and book binding. The main problem is the writing of a 20 point review that has taken an inordinate time and is currently 2/3 rds of the way through it third incarnation.

In a sense, it is needed in advance of making as the guiding intent. But then it can’t complete until the work has gone public. I think the Critical Review of Practice CRoP should be renamed the Catch22 Review of Practice CRoP because of this gotcha. I hope this entanglement might be recognised for future cohorts.

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