My immediate response was that I must capture my current location and my intimate connection with it, I only had a few days to do this before I left. I interpreted the brief literally to introduce myself and my style to my Tutor and knew I would take an autobiographical approach. During editing as I reflected, I added images that were not in my original plan and omitted some originals, to create a more obvious sequence of images.
I looked first at suggested practitioners. I was particularly inspired by Peter Mansell’s work for Photography 2 Landscape; the way he observes at different levels, thoughtfully frames his shots and uses captions. I was influenced by Venetia Dearden’s Somerset Stories where she reflects on her sense of belonging and identity in a place. I viewed other OCA students work; Jodie Taylor’s Memories of Childhood I viewed before beginning, however the commentary on her work was most helpful to me when reflecting on my images.
I used a range of subjects, settings and images with a variety of focal lengths and depths of field. On reviewing my images and researching more widely I realised some images don’t reflect my best technical work. This is mainly because in my short capture window I was at the mercy of the weather and light in particular and failed to plan adequately for this. All of my shots were hand held, some would have benefited from a tripod and a couple from a graduated filter.
- My personal response.
- The Communication of ideas; however this was aided by captions and I am unsure there would have been clarity without them.
- Observational skills at a variety of levels across the images.
- Reasonable compositional skills in many images.
- Creativity: There are several experimental shots.
- Reflections during the assignment.
- Although I planned most of the shots I captured, I omitted to take account of the optimum time of day for some locations, which was exacerbated by variables in the weather. I regret not reviewing the images more closely whilst on location, as once I had left I was unable to revisit to make improvements.
- Techniques: I should have used my tripod in some of the capturing and considered the use of filters.
- Whilst I have presented a series of images with an opening, middle and ending, they are probably not as meaningful to my reader as to myself; possibly if I had expanded on my nautical theme and omitted some of the later images this may have been improved. This would not however have been as autobiographical.
Thoughts on future development:
- I must develop my Tripod skills and become more adept manoeuvring with one so that I can use lower shutter speeds.
- I should research more widely before beginning an assignment.
- I must plan and allow more time for capturing and reviewing images to be sure to present my best work, especially to allow for living in two locations.