Tutor Feedback – Assignment 3

My tutor managed to squeeze in her feedback for Assignment 3 on 19 December, 2019, just in time for Christmas. As we did previously, she 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

Below is a summary of our conversation:

Book

Layout is consistent. Use of white space and placement of comments makes it visually easy to scroll through. One image to be added after the winter snow has gone (I agree that one image in the snow will jar in the sequencing of the book).

I am pleased the book layout is good and that my research for this assignment has paid off. I really learned a lot both technically as well as factually about the various aspects of the topic. The final image will be added once the snow has melted and then I’ll present the final book form for the A6 feedback.

Coursework

Demonstration of technical and Visual Skills, Demonstration of Creativity

Continues to be well recorded and annotated on blog.  The Foucault lecture looks interesting and I will follow that up.

Thank you.

Research

Context, reflective thinking, critical thinking, analysis

Continues to be in-depth and well referenced.  For the later part of the course, do open up your research to fiction/film/music and other sources.  From the future projects we discussed there is a wide scope of incorporating material that isn’t photographic (and needn’t be your own material).

Will do. I was very pleased to learn that I could incorporate found images into this project.

Learning Log

Context, reflective thinking, critical thinking, analysis

Weekly review

This is working really well for me as I find more of my ideas and thought process are being recorded.

Cumulative is a really good suggestion – that is a really good idea to feed forward to other students.

I find it quite handy to start up a post for the forth coming week and then just add to it on a daily basis. That way I don’t have to think back too far to try and remember what I’ve been doing all week. 

We discussed the difference of surrealism in art and photography. There is no reality in art – everything is fiction, whereas in photography there is more of a tangible element, more reality, where one has to fake reality.

Suggested reading/viewing

Context

Surrealist photographer – images produced in the pre-PhotoShop era – incredible darkroom skill!

Jerry Ueslmann – https://www.uelsmann.net/

I will definitely take a look at his work and do a write up.

Follow up on FSA photographers where sitters have interviewed later on – this could be compared to Steve McCurry –  Afghan Girl.

I will do that if I decide to go down the FSA route for A4. You mentioned looking at iconic FSA photographs that have come to stand as signifiers for the Depression and find a modern day correlation to that (McCurry).

We also discussed:

Assignment 4

Proposal is wide reaching with any of the sub topics possible.  Think about a case study to confine focus to help with word count.  Depth is better on a small topic rather than a wide ranging vague piece of work.

Your idea of incorporating one or two case studies into the essay to help keep it on track and to the point is very helpful. A clearly defined title will help hone the essay too. We also chatted about Don McCullin’s work and compassion fatigue. You also mentioned finding how ethics is reflected in other forms of art and I mentioned a book I had come across online which I found extremely interesting: Computers, Surveillance, and Privacy edited by David Lyon, Elia Zureik, which referenced surveillance themes in popular culture (https://books.google.ca/books?hl=en&lr=&id=InizrnZlrY8C&oi=fnd&pg=PA193&dq=surveillance+culture+AND+photography&ots=f2atl6gdnt&sig=pfDrkgCnsBmNJ9dn39xRWAfouhE#v=onepage&q=surveillance%20culture%20AND%20photography&f=false ).

Assignment 5

Again interesting ideas proposed – you have time to start thinking ahead to plan this work and think about incorporating other material (maybe from archive?).

Yes, thank you for mentioning that I could use some archival material. I think that will definitely add depth to the project. As I mentioned on the hangout, a level 3 student had recommended Jack Latham’s work (Sugar Paper Theories and Parliament of Owls) to the students in the Documentary hangout and his methodology would fit well with what I’m hoping to plan, so I’ll do a write up on that too.

Pointers for the next assignment / assessment

Please inform me of how you would like your feedback for the next assignment: written or video/audio. 

Video please

Strengths Areas for development
Clear blog structure – links work extremely well to navigate around. Finish book – we can discuss this again around assignment 6
Research clearly documented and reflected on Open out to more fiction/film etc sources?
Weekly check in helpful to maintain focus on work  Continue to do this