Assignment 2 - Tutor Report

I'm a bit late in posting this report and it's been some time ago, but I'd still like to comment on it and talk about how I've made the changes in my preparation for the assessment. The tutors remarks are in Italics.

Overall Comments
From our previous conversations I believe you want to go for assessment. A good critical response to your subject matter, challenging yourself, with evidence of prior shoots that could also have been equally used.

Thanks, it was difficult to choose the shoot for the assignment, but in the end I decided on this one because it was an event that was not planned and came closest to the brief of the assignment. Besides that, I was really able to photograph the people unaware, while at the other instances, people were much more aware of me taking photographs.

 Assessment potential (after Assignments 2 and 4)
I understand your aim is to go for the Photography/Creative Arts* Degree and that you plan to submit your work for assessment at the end of this course. From the work you have shown in this assignment, providing you commit yourself to the course, I believe you have the potential to succeed at assessment.  In order to meet all the assessment criteria, there are certain areas you will need to focus on, which I will outline in my feedback.   

Feedback on assignment Demonstration of technical and Visual Skills, Quality of Outcome, Demonstration of Creativity

Notes from Skype tutorial :
Well done for attempting to provide a critical commentary on the documentary scenes in front of your camera. Some good compositions highlighting jarring juxtapositions these show a keen observational eye informed by your personal experiences. Awareness of practioners such as Martin Parr and their relevance to this body of work.

I think that the fact that I had just visited a Martin Parr exhibition on Paris really made me photograph this event differently. I tried to bring across how tourism is not really an experience of the place itself, but more a creation of the place how we want to see it and experience it ideally and an outlet to show the world that we have experienced it. From what I saw from Parr's work, I thought he his work was very preconceived and stereotypical. I tried to avoid that somehow, although the stereotypical things are also very interesting and funny. 

You are aware of the light/sensor/noise issues that would have probably have been avoided by using your D700.

Yes, in post process it was difficult to not overdo it and get the right lighting and colors. I think that in getting the images ready for post processing I've got rid of most of the issues, although the noise issues are still there. Hopefully on prints they won't be so obvious anymore.

Impressive ability to construct a critical narrative. Good reflections on your blog – expand on your ideas for a critique of photographers’ approach to their subjects, Parr, van der Elsken, Meyerwitz. Perhaps discuss Mikhailov, Goldberg, Teller, see Face On edited by Mark Durden.

have written a few more blogs on these photographers and there is more in the making.

Learning Logs or Blogs/Critical essays Context
Again a clear blog with evidence of reflection, and a questioning approach

Suggested reading/viewing Context
Small World by Martin Parr
The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction by Walter Benjamin discusses the aura of individual art pieces – followed up in John Berger’s Ways of Seeing
John Taylor discussed tourists working with cameras in A Dream of England
Street Photography Now by Sophie Howarth and Stephen McLaren would be worth looking at


Pointers for the next assignment

Some of the photographers/artists mentioned – Boris Mikhailov, Martin Parr, plus Bruce Gilden, Joel Sternfeld, Katy Grannan

Research model release forms


Tutor name:

Les Monaghan



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