On Reflection: Weeks 21 to 25, FMP

It was interesting to see the different reactions to Jo-Ana across the three social media Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

I expected a certain anti-climax after the exhibition launch, an amount of feeling maudlin post launch as something that had been anticipated for some time had been and gone. However, a high degree of positivity remained, together with an enormous sense of satisfaction.

There has been significant interest in Jo-Ana, not just for the exhibition as it stands, but in terms of where else it might be seen.

At the time of writing, the following have been confirmed.

Jo-Ana will exhibit as part of Landings 2018 – an annual collaborative exhibition staged by Falmouth University students.

The Association of Photographer’s will feature the project on their social media channels.

The photography journal Source annually showcases the work of BA and MA photography graduates, Jo-Ana will be hosted on the Source Graduate website alongside the work of my Falmouth MA peers.

Contemporary Photography, the journal of The Royal Photographic Society’s special interest group of the same name, will carry an article highlighting Jo-Ana and its aims.

This is an enormous amount of exposure. I feel very positive about where this might potentially lead, the opportunities which this level and kind of exposure could create.

And so, we move from exhibition phase, to post-exhibition analysis.

In real terms, this means a 3,000 word critical review of practice. This really isn’t my strong point – give it five minutes and examining cracks on the ceiling becomes much, much more interesting. I struggle with the attention span needed to write paragraph after paragraph. This is an area I must work on.

Moving on from Jo-Ana, I am beginning to question how far I want to push this subject in terms of introducing creativity or experimentation to the photography.

For example, how could the project develop if the subject were to take control of the camera?

This is an area I want to explore much further, having relevance for a proposed future project investigating alcoholism. Notably, Paul Keast, a recovering alcoholic, was encouraged to take up photography as part of his rehabilitation. The journeys he photographed to and from his treatment sessions exhibited in 2016.

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