This module has been far tougher than I had expected although very much more rewarding in terms of how I can now position myself and my practise in a wider photographic conversation.
There are areas I feel very content with and others I feel with more time I would have been able to develop further to where I wanted to be. Whilst on the topic of time, this is the first module where I have felt that it was more of a full time course than part time. The various surfaces and strategies seem to take up more time than activities on other modules and for this I was very disappointed that I wasn't able to complete my physical exhibition due to not having enough time.
Thinking about where I have got to in the way of critical thinking, my biggest floor is still my inability to retain information that I read. This has been having a big impact on where I can position myself critically and with few hours left with my DA to help with my processing I feel I have struggled a great deal.
As I mentioned in my Oral Presentation, reading 'in conversations with' has been far more beneficial as has writing up ideas and reflections as if in conversation format. This is a working strategy I shall continue to develop for my FMP and for future research and project work.
Thinking now about my WIP portfolio. I new I wanted to make a news paper since early in the module although I had never thought of using it as my WIP Portfolio submission. The feeling of only handing in a video has left me in quite an anxious state, as I had planned on submitting the pages form the newspaper design as individual images. On reflection however, the video gives the newspaper a little context, as well as skirting around re photography in the intro scene. I wanted the newspaper to be a numbered edition to give it a little more weight than a newspaper that is read and then discarded, in the hopes that people will send me some feedback using the email address I set up. As far as the content of the newspaper goes, I am pleased with the results, although again due to time constraints I feel that working from a wider edit would have been far more beneficial for me. Experimenting with memories and imagination as a combination has been interesting, but I don't feel I really delved deep enough into either sphere, and that perhaps both ideas suffered in the publication because of that. The newspaper would have been a far stronger piece of work had it sat beside the reward of the physical exhibition which sadly I didn't have time to conduct, not did I complete the workshop.
The physical exhibition ideas can be read about here, but with a few notes to follow on the public viewer and on feedback of work. With peer feedback it is very hard to know whether it is genuine or whether people are either being polite or not giving you their full thoughts on the work. Tutor feedback is there to push you forwards but I am always left with more questions than answers which when trying to resolve a piece of work isn't always as helpful as it could be. I have been left now with lots of ways I could have improved the resolution of this module work but also with a relatively large amount of doubt as to the wight of my work and whether I have reached the objectives I wished for. I think for these reasons I would have really benefited from doing toe public exhibition in my home. This would have brought in people who firstly I didn't know and who would make their own genuine assumptions on my project but also that I may have then received some different ideas of feedback or even other ideas of where to take my work next.
The workshop sadly didn't happen either, which I am less disappointed about at this stage as I hadn't realised the full schedule for it nor actually what it was I wanted to take away from it. I had originally planned a zine making workshop, which for the participants would have been a fun activity in which they would have learnt about shooting, editing and making something and would have had a tangible object to take away form it. I however wouldn't really have learnt much from it other than for the experience of workshopping. Having secured a space for the workshop through Four Corners, an EU funded Photography centre, I didn't want to waste that space on a workshop that wouldn't give me a bigger outcome in my work progression. This is on hold for now and I shall use the space offered to me and the support of Four Corners as part of my final Major Project Idea when I can properly research and think about the workshop and how best to weave it into my practise.
The main areas I have developed this module are my digital skills. Being nominated as one fo the exhibition designers meant I had to very quickly learn the basics of InDesign which I have found incredibly rewarding and something I now use in my daily photography workflow for work. I now look at text in a different way through he introduction of 'tracking' and 'kerning'.
The other piece of software I have now started to get to grips with is Adobe Premier the moving image editing software. I only really touched the surfaces of what it can do whilst putting together my newspaper video, but with the basics now I want to learn more about how I can use it in my FMP and would like to experiment with the use of sound and moving image together. This could be in the form of interviews or my own 'in conversations' with other practitioners.