Tutor Feedback – Assignment 2

I had my tutor feedback for Assignment 2 on 16 October, 2019. As we did previously, my tutor sent over some notes to which I then responded. My comments and reflections are in italics below.

Feedback on assignment

Demonstration of technical and Visual Skills, Quality of Outcome, Demonstration of
Creativity

The images for the assignment explore one of the themes outlined in our last discussion. In your series of images, you have been consistent with viewpoint/framing so that the set does feel like a series on a particular topic. Image 5 sits a bit differently within the set – this may be due to the difference in tonal palette in the image.
When you have all the prints – do play around with the order and see how this image sits (or if it should be there at all!) If this leaves you one print short, then do discuss this in the final write up and reasons why.

I will definitely play around with the order and look to see if Fig 5 should be included or not. I think I see what you mean about the difference in the tonal palette – too much ochre tones. If I do take it out, I think I will be able to substitute it with something I already have or something I may come across before assessment time.

Your blog explains the exploration of black and white images, and as we discussed for these images the set does work better in colour. If you find that the next part ends up being black and white – then so be it!

Thank you. I’m relieved that you agree about the images working better in colour and will bear your comment in mind about A3 in B&W.

The influences of Burtynsky and others can be seen in the images, but you have taken an area and explored it.

I am pleased that the micro aspect of the environment was conveyed in my images. That was what I was going for.

Coursework

Demonstration of technical and Visual Skills, Demonstration of Creativity

The coursework is clearly explored on your blog. You mention a missing link in one of the posts – please do let OCA know if this is the case (or forward to me and I can pass on).

Will do.

We discussed the various sections of the course and which had appealed to you the most. In your review and reflection do consider on the section that we discussed.

After having visitors and being absent from my studies for a little over five weeks (longest I’ve ever gone without picking up a book since starting with OCA) I found I’d had a bit of a brain freeze about the coursework. But in looking back on Part 2 I enjoyed the section on social change, people surveys and FSA. Psychogeographies was also interesting but I covered it in more depth in the Landscape module. The section that I found most “puzzling” was probably the section on surrealism. I don’t think I have enough of an abstract minded brain to appreciate some of the examples that were given. I’ll make sure I comment on sections as I work through them going forward.

Research

Context, reflective thinking, critical thinking, analysis

Research is well embedded in your work – carry this on. The review/reflection mentioned below will help you to fill the gaps and keep connecting ideas/threads etc. As you start Assignment 3 – do let me know if you need any additional feedback on  artists to look at.

Will do.

I didn’t mention this on the call – but good to read the summary of the Stuart Franklin book on the blog.

I’m enjoying his work and finding it very useful in the course.
We also touched on my idea for Assignment 4 – comparing ethics of today vs ethics of
yesteryear, e.g. during the FSA. Once I’ve fleshed out my idea a little more I will send you an email. I realise that I will have to funnel my research down quite a bit as it is a very broad topic and has all sorts of tangents. At the moment I am just gathering information and research materials and will see where this leads me.

Learning Log

Context, reflective thinking, critical thinking, analysis

We spoke about regular review and reflection. This really covers the context section of the assessment criteria. Try taking setting regular review points to check in with your progress – giving you a change to review/reflect on where you are and then to able planning to go forward.

Level 3 often features multi-stranded work – the blog post here helps to illustrate this.
https://www.oca.ac.uk/weareoca/photography/stan-dickinson/.

I’ve looked at the video and Stan’s flow chart. It is amazing (and quite daunting too!). Thanks for sharing that.

Have a regular review/reflection process will help as you progress.

I’m definitely going to do this going forward as I can see the benefits of unpacking my
thoughts as I go along. Saves me having to wonder what I might have forgotten or what
worked or didn’t. I do have to thank you for explaining how to do this with such clarity.

Suggested reading/viewing

Context
We discussed the work of William Christenberry with reference to the assignment for Part 3. You talked about old building and use of archive materials.

The links below are for students on Digital Image and Culture and you may like to look at the work for assignment 2 which looks at use of archive material:

https://sjfdiculture.wordpress.com/2019/03/02/a2-polar-inertia-the-depletion-of-time-the-negation-of-space-assesment-submission/

https://georginasocalearninglogdigitalimageandculture.wordpress.com/2017/10/12/assignment-two-the-archive/

https://diandc.home.blog/

Thank you for sharing these links. There is a good cross-section of approaches in their work and I will study them in more detail.

Pointers for the next assignment / assessment
Strengths Areas for development
Set of images that works as a series Consider the size of prints and the order for assessment
Write up Google Hangout discussions Continue to do this!
Blog is easy to navigate – use of links Develop a regular point for review/reflection/planning on work.