This learning outcome is about technical achievement and its application to a piece of work.
The most difficult assignment I did in terms of meeting challenges was Assignment 4.
In assignment 4 I met several challenges:
- I had to persuade family and close friends to give me words that described my mother’s without simply retreating to ‘she was a lovely person’
- I then had to sort these words into themes without letting too much personal overlay change what was meant (see Assignment 4 – First images for details of this process).
- I had to find appropriate pictures of my mother that fitted part of her life and matched with the themes that came out of the words
- I had to set up small still life setups for each of the pictures
- These then needed to be photographed
- Sun and shadows effected the image
- I learnt to remove the glass to avoid undue reflections
- Focus need to be precise to point up the still life and throw the background out of focus
- The titles needed to be appropriate (and in this case minimal).
Technical and development skills needed were:
- Developing the process and ideas
- Researching archival images and using a found image of my grandmother to focus my practice in a specific direction having initially considered several ways of developing this idea (see Assignment 4 – Initial Thoughts).
- Setting up the still life images, choosing pictures and frames together with items that enhanced them rather than overrode them
- Getting good final images
- Making appropriate choices about final choice of images, colour versus black and white, backgrounds identical, similar or very different (I went with similar).
I was pleased with the final outcome as I felt that it had extended my thinking about photography and in using research to help me develop ideas. I also had to experiment technically to fulfil my ideas and get images that told the story I was wanting to tell.