As I have said in prior posts this module has helped me to evolve in a number of ways. It has definitely helped my confidence soar in my ability to create work and show my work. It has deepened my understanding of photography overall, and is beginning to help me understand my place in the world of photographers. I have miles to go on the journey, but I am well down the road and on the right path I think. More time to read and more exposure to other practitioners is part of what has been building the foundation of understanding. Being pushed to make work in ways I have never done, or in ways I had not been comfortable has taught more about my craft and open my eyes to other possibilities for work and ways of accomplishing that work.
I have in the past looked upon my work as quite solitary as I had been making work for years, but never sharing it. I now find myself interacting with others on a daily basis about my work whether it is sharing it with friends or strangers, or interacting in mutual support with my wonderful cohort mates. They have been an invaluable source of advice, support, humour, fun and without them this would have been a very different experience and not nearly so rich and rewarding. So thank you in particular to Mick, Gem, Danny, but also to the other in Cromarty who frequent our chat group.
It feels quite good to have the assignments done and dusted. I feel as though I made a pretty good job of it on the whole, though the assessors may not agree. I know I have made progress and I know I will continue to do so. I know too there are some areas that need additional focus and effort. I am getting more attuned to research, but I need to be more disciplined about documenting it as it occurs. I tend to take a while to integrate what I have read and then don’t always get back t write about it. It is there informing my work, but isn’t always adequately documented.
The parting shot from the module leader was one last assignment to create a self portrait that was reflective of the time spent in the Surfaces and Strategies module. I have to say I enjoyed this module far more than the first for a number of reasons. It seems only fitting that as the final task in Surfaces and Strategies that I should do something unconventional and completely different from my normal work.. At first glance you may miss it, but trust me, my image is there on a surface and in a way you might not expect to find me. Truth is I am something of a motorhead and I had an unfortunately brief opportunity to photograph some pretty cool classics last Saturday. This particular Austin had been once owned by King Farouk.