I found this module intellectually challenging, stimulating and frankly fun. I struggled in the first module with the whole idea of critical theory, but having come to IC as the fourth module, the 15 months of added experience put me in a much better place to both enjoy and learn. The more I read, the more practitioner’s work I reviewed, the more things began to make sense and I felt my confidence increasing with each passing week. I believe I have come away from IC much more informed about photography in general and with a much better understanding of my practice and what I intended to accomplish. It also gives me a clearer understanding of the paths ahead and where I might go in the next phase of my journey.
Technically and creatively I also gained confidence and my work reaped the benefits of both. I began to approach my work with ever increasing mindfulness and purpose. It resulted in fewer, but much better photographs that required far less post processing. I slowed down considerably, and even though shooting with a DSLR, I approached my work much more like I was shooting with film. I became not only more adept at managing the exposure triangle, but more importantly managing the creative triangle; the relationship between me, the photographer, my subjects and potential viewers. For this modules WIPP, I had my viewers in mind when I went out to take photographs. I was shooting in a way that would result in photographs that challenged my viewers imaginations, stimulated their memories, and sparked their emotions. I was looking to create ambiguity, moderate abstraction and to take a time and place that was know to me and make it into a space my viewer could inhabit and populate with their own narratives.
I know the considerable effort I have put into these first 15 months of this course, but I must acknowledge the support of my peers within the Cromarty cohort. The extraordinary give and take have been an invaluable contributor to the quality of learning for all of us. I also particularly valued the interchange with the tutors and module leader in Informing Contexts. I found the discussion and support constructive and stimulating.
Finally, I believe I am in a very good place to move into FMP and am looking forward to the challenges the next six months have to offer.