Project 1: 100 photos

On Thursday (18/8/16) I undertook the first photographic project of making 100 images in 30 mins. I chose to do it along the river Deben starting at Dock Lane, Melton. This is an area I know fairly well but haven’t done much photography there in the past.

An interesting exercise that didn’t actually phase me but in some ways I failed! In fact it took me 39 mins to shoot off 100 photos. I cracked on with it because I had to but it was, and felt quite alien to how I would normally work. Normally I prefer a more measured and laboured approach with bits of pondering about camera angles and the like. Of course this wasn’t about that and I appreciate it was about quantity over quality.

What did slow me down was technique. Having read the introductory notes in the FiP course book, I set my camera up for manual operation. The result was that I was far too sluggish for I have become lazy since going digital, letting the camera do too much work. Going manual has put me on a steep learning curve but I’ll climb it – after all, I was completely manual in my film days.

I’m not sure if I’m suppose to publish all 100 images so I’ve held back from big task. However, from 100 photos I selected two to use with the other exercises in Project 1. They created these images using Photoshop Elements.

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13th August 2016: the beginning

 

I’m going through the introductory stuff the OCA has asked me to do and one of these is an introductory course about studying in HE. It asked me to list why I wanted to do the course and recommended putting in a learning log – so here are!

The reason ran thus:

  1. I want to develop my own stylistic approach – my own vision
  1. I’d like to improve my technique – the technical stuff about cameras lens, lighting, photoshop etc
  1. Developing a greater understanding of the art of photography – the work of other photographers
  1. It feels long over due – I’ve wanted to do something like this for many years
  1. I am interested in the arts in general but have felt drawn to photography as an art form.

Numbers 2 and 3 are close and could easily be swapped around on some days.

 

Now for some concerns:

  1. With competing pressures on my free time, will I have the time?
  2. Will I be able to do it? Thinking like an artist, this is quite different from my social       science background.
  3. Been able to bring together a portfolio of work to representing something
  4. Other things are important to me too and I wouldn’t want to change them much – but deep down I feel something will have to ‘give’
  1. Explaining to others that this ‘journey’ is not about becoming someone who could turn half decent wedding photos but developing me into an artist

It then asked me to write an analytic report and it wrote this:

I feel excited about enrolling on this course. I know I have concerns about time pressures and even some about whether I can actually develop my skills and appreciation to become an artist but right now I feel like I’m embarking on journey.

This journey is long over due. Since 1984, when I passed a photography O level at night-class, I’ve had an appreciation for photography as an art form. Life and its challenges and commitments kept me away from formal study of photography. But the love of the art form has always being present and a camera has never been far away either.

Right now I feel there are two big challenges ahead of me. Can I become the photographic artist I want to be? While I feel reasonably confident about mastering the technical skills of using a camera and the methods of postproduction, I do not have an art and humanities background. Can I learn the language and jargon need to communicate in this community? Will I be able to evolve the values and aesthetic sensitivities needed to successfully function as an artist and be accepted as one by that community?

The second challenge is probably myself! I feel the working class value system in which I was raised does a great job at ‘keeping the likes of me in their place’. I’ve over come in the past and continue to do so, having transformed my life from where and what I grow up amongst. But that silent voice (my bet noir?) is often there in my head when challenges and new ideas come up. I have respect for the community I came from but some of the values it instilled do limit people. For me I need to keep these in check when difficulties present themselves.

Right now I’m excited, I about to embark on the holiday of a lifetime; to some distant and exotic place where ‘otherness’ will be the norm. A long-term commitment to study photography further is about to unfold. I want to find and develop my own vision as artist who uses photography as a medium of expression.

300 words it asked for but I over ran a little bit.

I was then asked to write an evaluation of the report and I wrote this:

I didn’t find the act of writing too difficult. In fact when the mood takes me I probably quite like it.

The hardest part was mentioning my past. Yes I came from a working class community etc etc but I don’t want people to think that I have an issue with it (LOL! – some might say that means you have an issue with it) Either way the past is the past and I had no control over where and what I was born into.

I suppose the difficulty was facing up to the fact that I can easily give up on things when they get tough. I have done this in the past. Speaking (writing) as an educator myself I hope that facing up to such issues is a way of addressing and over coming them.

Perhaps a small point but I did over run the word count. May be I’ll have to learn to be more succinct.

Welcome to the your OCA Learning Log!

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This blog is now structured with the essential categories required for you to post Assignments and Projects in for your learning log entries. It is intended to just help you get started with your OCA Learning log, and you may wish to customise it to suit your particular course.

Although we have provided the essential categories needed for your learning log, you will still need to set up your ‘Main’ menu through the Appearance section of the Dashboard, under the Menus section. Just select the menu you want to edit (Main) and then under the Categories ‘All’ menu, tick each category that you would like to be viewable through your blog’s menus and click the ‘Add to menu’ button. You can then drag and drop each item into hierarchies of menus and sub menus, as below in the ‘Menu Structure’ pane:

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When making new posts, you just need to add a tick next to each category that the post relates to. The categories options can be found in the right-hand column whenever you create or edit a post.

Categorising

You can select more than one category if appropriate; for example,  your first Assignment can be categorised under Assignments, Assignment 1, and Part 1.  Make sure you tag a post with at least one category, or it may not be visible through your blog’s navigation.

To learn how to keep a blog, the WordPress help pages are invaluable as a learning resource: http://en.support.wordpress.com/

 

We would like to thank OCA Photography tutor Robert Enoch for providing this template for OCA students to use to get started with their Learning (b)logs.