I know what my weakness' are for sure, I don't like to use flash or artificial lighting, am better at taking photographs of stationary objects, prefer candid unaware portraits rather than posed, crowds...why do I get nothing but a view of backs of people heads and nothing of interest? I do use a variety of lenses, I do experiment with shutter speed and aperture. I either seem to prefer a really shallow DoF or a large DoF. In between seems a bit bleugh. (like the technical term?) When looking at other peoples images I don't mind softer/grainy images but prefer mine to be sharp.
My likes? Well in that respect I actually have a varied taste. I like landscape, though not brilliant at capturing landscapes myself, like street photography, surrealism/manipulation really fascinates me as does the increasing trend towards mixed media.After seeing the recent Motherhood exhibition I realise I don't enjoy nudity for the sake of it, though having said that I do really love Robert Mapplethorpe and you don't get more controversial or naked than that! Am happy to look at any genre although steer away from pretty kittens or vases of flowers unless they actually have more of a message to send other than don't I look nice.
Looking through the suggested ideas:
- Technological developments and their impact on the market for photography
- New vehicles for photography - mixed media environments
- Representations of gender, race and ethnicity in photography
- The display and exhibition of photography
- Photography and control - power relations between photographer, subject and audience
- Photography that deceives - disinformation through photography
- Histories of Photography, eg postmodernism, surrealism, war photography or a multidisciplinary field such as anthropology or scientific photography.
I decided that I wanted to investigate the use of mixed media, not so much the video/gallery/Internet type more the use of collage, installation and ephemera. How does this affect display, storage etc. On contacting my tutor he thought this would be a very interesting topic to research and write about.
Flicking through my learning logs came up with several artists to look into,John Stezaker, Noemie Goudal, Luis Gispert, Laura Letinsky, Mishka Henner, Christina de Middel, Nicole Wermers, Sara VanDerBeek, Broomberg and Chanarin, William Klein and Jim Goldberg to name a few. I really appreciated my learning logs, this exercise emphasising just how important it is to take notes and images where you can and that visiting many exhibitions has more than one benefit.
|Pages from my learning logs with exhibition leaflets and postcards, annotations are either around the image, behind or on the back of the cards.|
As I looked into academic writings to use to give my essay legitimacy there were not many essays or articles concerning the exact aspect that I wanted to cover, over the following weeks my ideas gradually evolved, I emails 2 academics/photographers who were interested in this field ( I won't name them) but neither responded which was disappointing. I narrowed the photographer's down that I wanted to mention, found some books/book sections and articles in journals that I could quote/ use as references and set about writing. I have to admit it took a long time to do so fingers crossed that it gets favourable feedback. It followed a set structure of paragraphs with a title, introductory paragraph, historical introduction, outline of argument, body of argument and conclusion. All within a remit of approximately 2000 words.
|A selection of the books and web resources used during research|
When completed I set it aside for a few days, gave it to 2 different people to read to make sure it made sense and that my referencing technique was ok. Harvard referencing is NOT plain sailing! After a few suggestions and altering a few bits myself it was ready to submit. Proofreading is difficult when you read what you think is there rather than what you have actually typed. I hit the send button a few weeks ago and am still awaiting feedback. As soon as I get a response I'll either be smiling or crying! I'll keep you all updated!