Interactions with OCA community and other photographers
In this course I have regularly participated in the Documentary hang out sessions whereby the main focus has been feedback and showing work. The main areas that I have received feedback on work have been assignments and in particular three and five. The discussion in the group about assignment 3 documentary (PDF book dummy) visual story telling was pivotal in the decision to rework the assignment as well as formative feedback from the tutor. The small group who met regularly were consistent and attentive to each others needs, clear and direct in feedback. I have found this very useful. The previous level, at level 1, felt like there was less commitment from the students. Here at level two I perceived more maturity and commitment to working on the assignments.
Feedback from Lynda in assignment 3 was especially useful:
Response from Martin Shields: ‘Hi there, the picture you are talking about was taken for The Evening Times newspaper in Glasgow where I worked as staff photographer. The original picture of the boys was taken in a different location to the houses in the background. The montage was done by the picture editor to give it a more dramatic effect. All of these old buildings are now all demolished. The date it was taken would be around the publication date…(Shields, 2019.)
This interaction with Shields, as mentioned in the review I have written for assessment, simply clarified and hit home how photography as a language can be so easily distorted and presented as fact. Not only that, and from talking later with David Wyatt, I am informed that it is accepted practice in the UK to do so. A level of naivety has dropped away. The positive thing is that I feel freer to explore different interpretational possibilities of the perceived world.
My interactions with the art world go beyond only photography. I have several friends who are practitioners of different art forms, painters, sculptures and ceramists. Also I am in close contact with a local commercial portrait photographer named Pepe Marin. Before I owned a printer I used to to order my prints from him and we have struck up a friendship over the years. This has led to a sharing on many occasions of inspirations and ideas about photography.
Kuit, L. (2020) Re: feedback on assignment 3 documentary [email conversation May 2020] firstname.lastname@example.org
Image. The football boys (2002) OCA manual (pg. 36)
Shields, M. (2019) Re: The football boys [email sent to Martin Shields, 2019] email@example.com