Note for Assessors

This is my final posting before 'freezing' this learning blog ready for the March 2020 assessment event. Physical evidence of my responses to assignments (images and hard-copy notes) will be delivered to OCA and shared to the assessment Google Drive. The purpose of this blog is to share my overall journey through the Identity and... Continue Reading →

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Alvarado on narrativity

While Rod Stewart might have understood that "every picture tells a story" in 1971, it seems to have taken a little longer for the message to be accepted into critical photographic discourse. Manuel Alvarado, writing originally in 1979 (Alvarado 2001) quotes from Barthes, Cartier-Bresson and John Berger to the effect that a single image, particularly... Continue Reading →

Very Miscellaneous

'Very Miscellaneous', a 1996 project by Joachim Schmid is a further example of the juxtaposition of image and text, demonstrating how the one can alter our perception of the other. In what Schmid describes as "A possible history of country life in Sussex", he works with found images - in this case, deadpan portrait photographs... Continue Reading →

Assignment 5 – Tutor feedback and response

I have now had formative feedback from my tutor, Keith. Full MS Word document here. Edited version marked-up with my response, below. Keith’s comments are set in blue, mine in black. Overall Comments The submission included a set of 15 prints, which were mailed over through the post, including a text, which contextualizes the work... Continue Reading →

Buildings, architecture and ‘home’

Photography has a long association with buildings and the built environment. Buildings remain still during a long exposure, in a way that people and wildlife don't, and are more convenient to find and set up an early camera in front of than a landscape. It is therefore no surprise that the world's earliest photograph, Niepce's... Continue Reading →

Tony Ray-Jones

I visited Bristol to view 'The English Seen' exhibition of Tony Ray-Jones, at and curated by the Martin Parr Foundation. The exhibition was in its last few days, and I arrived shortly before opening time so I serendipitously also got a sneak preview of images for a forthcoming exhibition of Hans Eijkelboom's 'People of the... Continue Reading →

Assignment 5 – ‘rough cut’ editing

I have to reduce a long-list of 164 images to 'not more than 15'. This post describes the first stage of serious editing (the 'rough-cut' in film parlance). First, I arranged the images in a rough typology, setting up folders for (inter alia) 'pylons', 'fences', 'distant views', 'midground views' etc. This is not a perfect... Continue Reading →

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