Assignment 3 - Tutor Report

I received feedback for my assignment and I'm very happy with it! Here's the feedback in italics and my respond in normal font:



Many thanks for submitting this third assignment Leonie. Once again, this was a successful assignment for you.  I think you have taken away plenty from this in terms of creating a body of work in response to issues of personal significance.

Thanks! I've really enjoyed this assignment. It has been the most personal up till now and I hope to continue exploring the concept of self portraiture.

Issues relating to previous reports

- Consider the chronological nature of your blog and how it might be advantageous to have a separate blog for each module, in terms of trying to address ease of navigation etc.

- Look at the work of Jason Evans.

- Don’t be afraid to use the imagery straight … and avoid the temptation to over manipulate through Photoshop !

Working on these points!

Feedback on Assignment

- I am really enjoying each of your assignment submissions Leonie !  We did discuss this one prior to submission and I think it has again worked really well for you. You seem to be choosing projects that you are personally interested in, which is half the battle with many students !  They have a tendency to choose projects that bore them very quickly and then get disappointed with the results they produce.  This is not the case for your work I have to say ! 

- As an idea, I liked this from the outset.  The fact that you had not read many of these personal thoughts for over 20 years, just adds to the interest.  I have done this myself recently, looking back when I was a student in the 90’s and have cringed with embarrassment !  Aging can be such a slow, almost ‘evolutionary’ process that you forget how far you have development both intellectually and emotionally over the space of a couple of decades !

- I liked the mixture of both literal and metaphoric interpretation within the submission and also the hand written captions at the bottom of the images that stamped your personal connection to them.  I do think I liked the more challenging metaphoric interpretations more though ! 

- Again, the images were all compositionally very strong.  I particularly liked the portrait reflected in the bathroom mirror for the ‘egocentric / stubborn / arrogant’ caption.  This was really nicely constructed and well executed.

- Each image had its own merits and added to the construction of the narrative. You didn’t feel compelled to try and stage a series of reconstructions in order to literally convey all your childhood thoughts.  A couple actually required quite some thought to try and decipher, which was a really nice touch.  Such as the second shot of the spiral staircase and the fourth shot of the birdcage.

- Again, I really liked this story … please keep up this high standard of work.  It’s a real pleasure looking through your assignment submissions !

I don't have a lot more to add, apart from that I'm happy that my work is being appreciated and that for me it is a pleasure to develop myself creatively and photographically. I find this course has a nice combination of challenging assignments and relevant research.


- This is still progressing very well through the blog.


- This is still progressing well and I enjoyed reading about your thoughts on Nigel Shafran’s project.  (I used to work with him at ID and Face magazine in the 1990’s !  He is a great photographer.)

- You are definitely looking in the right areas … such as Duane Michals / Sophie Calle … try to expand this further now if you can … and try to position your own work in relation to it through your writing.

I'm still struggling a bit with getting my thoughts and ideas on paper. It does help to read a lot to become familiar with the vocabulary, but still it is a challenge to really express the connections I make between my own work and that of the photographers I'm studying. I trust this will get better over time, especially if I read more. 

Learning Log

- Same as the last report - I think this could be better to be fair … as it still reads quite chronologically.  It really might be worth separating out the blogs for each module and having a different one for each module.  That way you can then include specific links to research / reading / assignments / practitioners / exhibitions / coursework for specific modules … rather than trying to show all four in one. Worth thinking about anyway … it will make summative assessment much easier for the assessors.

Suggested Viewing/Reading

- The work submitted for this assignment deals specifically with memory.  I like you to start reading more around this area for forthcoming assignments, perhaps even the next written assignment.  Don’t forget that a photograph is not a memory itself …. It can be considered a trigger for memory though. Memories are actually something that happen in the ‘present’ about something that has happened in the past.   Try to get hold of the following if possible:

Hirsch, M. 2012. Family Frames: Photography, Narrative and Post memory. Cambridge (Mass). Harvard University Press ISBN 13: 978 147000 7485

Gibbons, J. 2007. Contemporary Art and Memory: Images of Recollection and Remembrance.  New York. IB Tauris & Co Ltd.ISBN 13: 978 184511 6194

Bate, D. 2010. The Memory of Photography. In Photographies. Vol 3, No. 2, September 2010. Pp243-257. London. Taylor & Francis Ltd

Livingston, D. & Dyer, P. 2010. A View From The Window: Photography, Recording Family Memories. In Social Alternatives. Vol 29, No.3, 2010, Pp20-28. Queensland. University of Queensland Press

Pointers for the Next Assignment/Assessment

- The next assignment is a written piece requiring you to write 1000 words around an image of your choice.  Drop me an email to discuss who / what you are thinking about here and I should be able to construct a bespoke reading list to support your research.

- 1000 words isn’t very much once you get started, so think really carefully about what would be worth your intense interest and focus here.  For instance, John Berger wrote a really interesting chapter on how the ‘suit’ has been depicted within portraiture over the years, focusing mainly upon August Sander’s image of the ‘Three Young Farmers’, shot in Westerwald in1914.  Also … don’t forget Barthes wrote an entire book about a photograph of his mother, which is never shared with the reader ! (Camera Lucida)

I will start looking for an image as soon as possible and let you know. Thanks for the suggested reading part!