(This piece appears in both my online blog, the repository for all my work, and (to fulfil the assessment submission requirements) in the G drive folder ‘Reflective presentation or evaluation’)
There would be precious little point in doing a module if it were easy so by that measure this one has been notably worthwhile. It brought out some of my less appealing personal traits such as a tendency to contrarianism and stimulated those qualities which I modestly term my ‘potential’.
I had difficulty integrating some of the core concepts of ‘othering’ into my world view but did manage to grasp many of the subtleties which arise from them. I engaged willingly with the theoretical aspects of photographic practice which the course raised and made a good attempt at incorporating them into my own work. Where that isn’t immediately apparent I do believe that I was at least aware of the potential ramifications.
The greater value of the course was, to me, the way that I was required to interact with my subjects both visually and personally. I have become more confidant in acknowledging myself as a photographer with fairly clear purpose and intent rather than someone who stumbles around taking pictures. Although I certainly do that as well.
The series I made of the Anglican Bishops was probably the most rewarding and could have been an ongoing project were it not for pressure of time and recent social restrictions. It called upon a variety of skills – organisational, photographic and personal – along with tenacity and patience. I am not noted for the latter qualities so this was an opportunity to develop within a supportive framework.
So much for the good stuff. There is considerable scope for improvement in a number of areas including:
- Documenting reading and looking. I spend a huge amount of time reading about and looking at photography from a range of sources but utterly fail to record the details and as a consequence cannot refer to this in my blog.
- Examining my shoes. I spend far too much time fretting about the details when I should be actually taking photographs, not trying to finesse them before they even exist.
- Time management. I must be more organised, setting aside planned work time and sticking to it. One might think that recently enforced measures would offer just such an opportunity but I have failed to make the best use of them.
- What do think of my work? There is a school of thought which holds that the only real opinion which matters is your own but that probably shouldn’t mean not seeking any feedback at all. Importantly, I should recognise that I don’t need to respond or justify beyond a simple ‘thank you’
There we are. Challenge and reward in satisfying proportions.