CONTEXT AND NARRATIVE -OVERALL EVALUATIOHN
My Learning journey
I began and lived through this course during an unusually turbulent and tension filled year domestically, managing disappointments and sadness for others in the main, and living with the tensions that these caused. I now look back at this as excellent timing as I was able to reflect on and express my emotions whilst immersing myself in photography. In fact I can see now that the more personal my photography became, the easier it flowed, the more creative and in turn more successful it was.
The course was challenging at many points, forcing myself to broaden and adapt my mind set, interests and develop my technical abilities. There were occasions when asked that I would describe the work as “not my cup of tea” and yet the further I progressed in the course the more enjoyment I gained from it.
Whilst Expressing My Vision was a good introduction to studying photography at degree level, Context and Narrative proved to be considerably more developmental for me personally and photographically, opening my eyes at many levels.
My tutor’s feedback was forthright and for the first assignment crushing. However this stimulated me to embrace the next modules with a gusto and open mind. I love learning and as well as being challenged, so I set about reading and researching widely and took on board his advice.
I learnt a lot technically in part to the demands of the assignments but largely as my Tutor challenged my outcomes technically and gave me directions to make improvements. I learnt not to shy away from technical challenges but to read, learn and experiment to improve.
I realised that the more I released myself from rigid mind sets and exposed myself, the more satisfying and successful my work became.
Reflecting on best work
It was at assignment three “Photographing the unseen” that through the learning (coursework, independent research, tutor advice) I gained confidence and embraced photography more creatively and conceptually. I particularly enjoyed the research and exhibitions that coincided with this unit and felt as if “the penny had dropped” in terms of using photography to really express myself. I was enthusiastic about reworking some of the assignment making technical improvements.
In assignment 4 once I had my eureka moment deciding on the Margaret Bourke- White Gandhi photograph that I had a personal link to, I relished researching and shaping the essay. I learnt much here about interpreting photographs, a photographer’s motivation and influences.
I knew by the time I met my final assignment that it should be personally driven, though a fabricated outcome. As my tutor suggested I borrowed elements of approaches from other photographers and enjoyed enormously thinking through the concept and then enacting it.
Areas I would like to develop further
- To push my creative boundaries.
- To compose with some subtlety and ambiguity.
- To remember to look very carefully with another’s eye, especially a technically trained eye to spot weaknesses and areas for correction.
- To continue my learning with off camera lighting.
- To read and research broadly and learn from not only great photographers but artists in general.
Overall Context and Narrative has developed my sense of adventure and experimentation photographically and creatively, I intend to continue this journey of discovery whilst combining it with increasing technical prowess.
I have reflected on each course module after my draft and again after my tutor’s feedback: https://nkssite2.wordpress.com/category/reflection/