I had my feedback from my tutor on assignment one over a week ago and am a bit delayed in posting my reflections. In line with my normal way of working I wanted to take a little time to think before rushing to print. I also wanted to concentrate on the film editing that I have been putting off starting for some time. Having now posted my Claire and Jackie films and backed everything up (one big learning point about video is that Everything Takes MUCH Longer Than you Think) I am back to stills for a while.
Overall the feedback I got was positive. Norman thought it was an imaginative response to the season and showed strong technical and visual skills. He thinks the blog is well laid out also, which is nice. There are no definite suggestions for change or improvement but there were some interesting observations, which I’ll mention briefly.
Norman didn’t think that photo no. 6 (on the left below) needed further editing, but did agree that no. 9 is perhaps a little messy. He produced an alternative crop that does work well as a comparison (far right below), but as it is a different aspect ratio I can’t use it in the set. Although I don’t think it essential – the photo works reasonably well - I will keep my eye out for an alternative for this slot as I am not completely happy with this picture.
Norman also made an interesting comparison between nos 5 and 8 (left and right below, respectively). The young trees in no. 5 are delicate and intricate and seem full of life against the dark sky. However the trees in no. 8 have quite a different feeling, and don’t have quite the sense of grace and life that the first set had. I hadn’t really noticed that before but do see what he means. Again I don’t think a substitution is essential but I may find a more interesting picture before I have to finally hand these in at the end of the year (just wondering at this stage if we’ll get a break from winter at some point before then).
In conclusion, Norman added that I had shown a good awareness of the subject, researched it thoroughly and shown a good level of critical thinking.
Under suggested reading he drew my attention to a passage in Liz Wells’s Photography: A Critical Introduction (Routledge) second edition, where she expounds ‘considering Landscape as an example of a genre within photography, we are concerned first to identify typical aesthetic and socio-political characteristics of landscape imagery; and second to explore ways in which the genre has accommodated change, reinvented and reinvigorated itself over time’. He hasn't said as much, but what I take form this reference is that this work addresses the first concern – I have considered the aesthetic and socio-political political aspects of this work. What I may not have done so much is to consider ways in which the genre has changed in recent decades. I will bear this in mind. I think that sort of thinking is something that will to some extent occur naturally as I progress through the module in any event. I think it’s natural to start off by finding my feet and developing a general understanding of what landscape means to me and how I want to approach it. As I become more steeped in the subject and continue with the work I think that a more experimental and distinctive approach may develop alongside a wider understanding of contemporary practice.
You mayl have noted my little experiment in a mono version of picture no. 1 above. Which do you prefer?