Learning Outcomes

LO1 demonstrate detailed knowledge of visual and conceptual strategies in documentary practice and be able to explore your own critical documentary photographic projects.

Perhaps a turning point in my approach to my documentary practice came about when reading Joan Fontcuberta’s essay in Pedro Meyer’s book (1995) Truths & Fictions | a journey from documentary to digital photography and working through that terribly long Seeing is Believing OCA blog post (https://lyndakuitphotographydocumentary.wordpress.com/2019/11/27/exercise-seeing-is-believing-2/). I had been struggling with the concept of using fiction to construct the truth vs recording the actual event and although I think I still encounter some speedbumps along this line of thinking, Fontcuberta’s questioning has been key to helping me understand this dichotomy: “what matters in a document – the intention that originated it or the effect it elicits? What is important – its aesthetic status as evidence or the social function that is assigned to it? (Meyer, 1995:8).

In retrospect those questions freed my thinking and allowed me to experiment conceptually with Assignment 3 and later Assignment 5. I believe that in both pieces of work I am leaning more towards the effect the work elicits and the social function I want it to address.

Studying the work of Jack Latham (https://lyndakuitphotographydocumentary.wordpress.com/2020/03/10/jack-latham/) has also been key to my development as an artist. The concept of using archival images alongside new images was new to me and the power dynamic and authority that this combination can create interested me greatly. The range of media that Latham used when exhibiting his work at the Royal Photographic Society also triggered ideas for the presentation of my Assignment 5. The idea of decontextualizing, then recontextualizing something and adding a personal voice to it was a huge factor in making Assignment 5.

 

LO2 demonstrate an awareness of the wider social and cultural contexts in which documentary photography operates and be able to discuss relevant ethical perspectives in relation to your own practice.

 

LO3 explore and realise a range of ideas and creative starting points, and exercise judgement in the production of visual material.

 

LO4 manage learning resources, conduct self-directed contextual and visual research, and be able to appraise your progress with increasing confidence.

 

LO5 demonstrate increasing autonomy and a developing personal voice and exercise your communication skills confidently and interact effectively within a learning group.

I’m finding an overlap in reporting on the learning outcomes especially LO2, LO3 and to a certain extent LO5. While my Assignments 1 and 2 seem to play a relatively subservient role in this reporting process, those assignments were probably instrumental in leading me along the path I followed. Documenting community and then a specific place in that locality sparked the need to investigate the history and latent histories of that same community, which are reflected in Assignments 3 and 5.

I am also reminded of a statement that Jack Latham made during his recent BJP Zoom interview in that photography is not a solitary occupation. It is a collaboration. One is reliant on one’s subjects, tutors (in the case of OCA students) and fellow peers for feedback and I find this to be so true, especially in the case of my peers. I would not be at the place in my photographic journey where I am today without the input from my fellow students.

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