I have had to take a number of weeks off, not that I had lost interest, but I had a set back in motivation coupled with work commitments meant that photography took a back seat.
On reflection there were a number of causal reasons for not working, and I list them out with a view of making the appropriate corrections going forward.
First Issue, Assignment 5.
The prospects of working through assignment 5 has come as a challenge.
I have constructed a number of ideas, which I need to write up about, however, the whole challenge seems enormous. I feel that at time this ideas are superficial and are not substantial, other times I consider the basic concept reasonable. I should talk to my tutor about this, or at least email him. And yet I feel that I should be able to deal with this by my self. The OCA have presented the material, and have set the question. What I need to do is to respond, and stop finding reasons why I am not moving the problem forward.
Second Issue, The Tutor:
My tutor written responses have been very good, they are challenging, and I appreciate the work that has gone into them. However, I feel that I have a communication issue with my tutor, and I see that the tutor interface problem is my problem to deal with. I don’t think that I have managed his or my time well.
I needed to have a face to face with him, to establish human contact and feedback, I have not managed this and this has resulted in negative feelings. The physical mentoring process has been lost.
Looking forward, I tried to ask the OCA what the service level agreements with tutors are, and the response seemed subject to interpretation. There are no hard and fast rules, this should not have been a surprise to me.
For the next module I will make sure that I explain my expectation with the tutor and why. I need to move on.
From the work that I have generated for the OCA, I have created a photographic narrative, based upon the homeless of Birmingham. It is my intent to present this book to a person I met while photographing in the area. He was a volunteer for the Birmingham mission. The book will be delivered in December.
Fig 1 Based up on a poem the Arrow and the Song.
The detail of this work may be found in the following:
C16: #1 The Poem Exercise.
C17: #2 What In the Poem?
C18:#3 The Narrative.
C20:#4 Final Submission. The Arrow and the Song.
It is a reflection of Birmingham’s development and the homeless of Birmingham, following Longfellow’s poem the Arrow and the Song.
Fig 2. Based upon two sides to every story.
The detail of the work may be found in: Assignment 1: Two Sides of the Story.
This is reflection of the homeless are at times ignored, even in art galleries.
It is now January 19th 2018, I have recommenced work in January and updated my Blog. After having a break, I feel up to the challenge of the OCA. The lack of human contact has been more serious than I had first thought. However, the conclusion I came too was this. I have no doubt that professional photographers in the field have negative thoughts, and perhaps are in need of reassurance, and there will be times when they also in need of support but they have to get on with the project. So I just have to get on with the project.
I have presented the work on the homeless to the City Mission in Birmingham. They were very pleased with the work, and have asked if I could mentor an individual at the centre. I have recently confirmed that I am up to the challenge, we wait and see if my volunteering will be accepted.
I have had a call back from the City Mission, and we have set 15 Feb for my encounter with an individual who might benefit from sharing thoughts about photography. I am looking forward to this new experience, and take heart that my work has taken me this far. I am fearful that my experience in photography is limited, however, I going into this thinking that we can both help each other.