Identifying themes for projects hasn’t always been a strong point.
To be more correct, more specific, identifying viable themes hasn’t been a strong point. Thinking of ideas isn’t a problem in itself – feasibility is the issue.
Add to that, the crushing self-doubt forcing me to ask myself ‘is anyone really interested in this [subject], apart from me?’
A solution …
Two books, Freeman’s The Photographer’s Story: The Art of Visual Narrative, and Eisner’s Graphic Storytelling and Visual Narrative, have been extremely insightful.
Taking storytelling apart, identifying and examining the constituent parts – exploring the narrative, has been an extremely educational process – one from which I feel I have gained enormously.
Taking a long-hard look at critical thinking, working on a series of mini-projects (not photographic in nature) which develop the skills for looking at situations from multiple perspectives, has also helped significantly.
As work continues on the assignments for module three in the last few weeks before submission, this knowledge has already proved itself highly beneficial, and continues to do so.