On Reflection … Week 10, Module One

Working on my research proposal this week has been an interesting and revealing challenge.

The challenge came in the form of “writer’s block”. Overcoming this inability to think coherently about anything in-any-way-whatsoever related to the project proposal, let alone attempt to write it down, was at times very frustrating. However, perseverance won the day.

Surprising that, no matter how well, how meticulously you record all your thoughts in a notebook, when you start to write up your notes in a meaningful way it just doesn’t seem to come together sometimes. I feel compelled to say that tiredness played a major role in that this last week.

Further challenges came as a result of obtaining resources, or more to the point, trying to obtain resources. Adding to the communication chain meant adding to the complications this week. It was reassuring to work with suppliers who were prepared to jump through hoops to fulfil orders and overcome issues.

It has been, and continues to be, an interesting experience to dig deeper into the subject of my project. Analogy, it is a bit like trying to unravel several bits of tangled string, identifying one specific strand and then gently working along its length as it meanders through the knotted ball of equally tangled compatriot threads, following its journey through to a natural end at which point a discovery is made.

Questioning why still-life photography appeals to me more than any other subject has revealed something very significant. A fairly simple question you would think, but, in reality, one which was not easy to find a robust answer that would stand up to any sort of interrogation.

Some genres of photography restrict creativity, beyond choosing an already existing subject, to the act of photography itself: for example, choosing a viewpoint and a corresponding angle of view, choosing an aperture setting and depth of field in order to capture “what is there” in an artistic way. Still-life food photography allows me to create what I photograph myself – putting my own personal creativity into both the subject and the photography. It is this extension of creativity, to a level found more commonly in painting than in photography, that holds great appeal for me.

A peer review of progress on the research proposal and the WIP to date was very informative – surprising how each of the four projects that were discussed had been refined and evolved in what seems like a long time but is, in reality, only a very short period.

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