On Reflection: Weeks 13 – 15, Module Three

A consolidated account for weeks 13, 14 and 15 of module three.

Week 13 – w/c Monday 11 September 2017

Spinning plates this week – shooting images for the Work in Progress portfolio, finalising the script for the video presentation, and starting work on the video itself.

So, nearing the end – two weeks to go. Injury and illness have required me to take a slightly different path on this particular part of the journey. But, actually, it quite suited me to have to take that path in the end. In many ways, it was a period to shut up and simply get on with it – independent learning in the truest sense – armed with a list of tasks to complete. Independent study suits some people, not everyone. Some people like the isolation, others find it uncomfortable. Personally, I like it as a way of learning and it suits the way I work.

Week 14 – w/c Monday 18 September 2017

Coming from an accounting/scientific background, as I do, requires a set of skills which is very different to those needed to successfully interrogate art produced by both myself and others.

The critical thinking needed to contextualise art makes very different demands to that needed for scientific examination. Consequently, I have been working developing a more systematic and structured approach to the way I evaluate art.

Cottrell’s Critical Thinking Skills has been an excellent resource in developing my critical thinking skills.

Highly beneficial during the latter stages of preparing the assignments for module three, the return on investment from this book has been immediate.

Week 15 – w/c Monday 25 September 2017

Perseverance paid off with regard to the script for the video presentation which was able to go through several iterations and a number of rounds of editing before finally being recorded.

As anticipated, the production of the video itself presented a number of challenges. However, these were interesting problems to resolve and with the script (biggest challenge by far) finalised progress was swift – the reality was that making the video became quite engrossing.

Being able to record the audio and video on separate tracks was a major improvement, making production much easier. Previously, (in the earlier days of the course and PowerPoint presentations with audio) ‘fluffing’ a word necessitated the audio being ditched and a new recording being made, and with it the recorded sequence of slide changes – this was a big frustration.

Everything came together in the end. A circuitous route, but I made it: video presentation ‘wrapped’, WIP portfolio complete, and with these last few words the CRJ entries for module three are complete.

Looking back over the past 15 weeks of module three, and the first year of the MA itself, I think there is a marked difference in the way I think, the way I ‘see’ my photography and photography in general.

Clearly an aim of the MA, but to me a defining moment has been reached, the change is something almost tangible.

At the beginning of the course I had plans for a small personal project. The intention was to create a classic English summer dish – summer pudding – and then photograph it.

Summer pudding

Howard Sooley, 2009. Summer Pudding

I loved Howard Sooley’s image then, and I still do – the light is amazing. At the time, my ambition was to produce an image as appealing as the image used in Valentine Warner’s What to Eat Now. I still intend to.

But the difference is this. At the start of the course, Sooley’s image fairly represented how I ‘saw’ images of food, how I imagined them, or previsualised them. I now see them very differently – before, during and after – in effect, the default setting of how I see images in my mind has changed, becoming more refined along with my technique and my artistic style.

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Morris, 2017. Untitled # 18

I am looking forward to the next twelve months …

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