ASSIGNMENT 1 SUBMISSION: BEAUTY AND THE SUBLIME

NICOLA SOUTH            STUDENT NUMBER: 514516

REFLECTIONS AGAINST ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

 Demonstration of technical and visual skills

  • Attunement with this landscape was vital in this project. I was initially attracted to the railway bridge by its architecture, the curvatures, the brickwork (decorative and constructive) but then drawn to the way organic elements have altered it. Certainly when I was photographing passer-by’s were stopping to look at what I was seeing and some were surprised, I hope the same happens when my images are viewed.
  • I think I could have heightened this either by photographing in closer detail or cropping in closer.
  • My tutor suggested photographing more images straight on and I realised that I naturally seem to shoot at an angle; so I reshot trying to achieve this which I do think enhances the realism and gives a more contemporary look.
  • The low light conditions were a challenge so I had to work with a tripod which presented a challenge in terms of obtaining the perspective I wanted.
  • I learnt a lot about working with different qualities of natural light but looking at the finished prints I realise that I have a way to go to achieve the clarity that I would have liked.
  • I challenged myself to print my own images for the first time but am at the very beginning of my learning journey on this skill.

Quality of outcome

  • When editing I kept referring back to my intention to show beauty often not observed in this place.
  • I chose to lead the viewer into the landscape by setting out the location and taking them deeper into it. By then giving a mid-range location shot flowed by a closer up detail I’m not sure whether I have given the viewer too much information and would have been better to just have given isolated details as more of a puzzle. My dilemma came because both the mid-range and the close up shots appeared beautiful to me.
  • I hope that I have communicated my idea well with the series, by the images, titles and sequencing but fear that I spent so much time at the bridge and photographing that I am too close to the work myself still.

Demonstration of creativity

  • At the end of level 1 I said that I wanted to continue my own way of looking and I think I have done this in this work. My subject matter would not generally be considered beautiful and yet I hope that by capturing and isolating details I have shared its visual appeal.
  • I experimented a lot with light and perspective to achieve these images.
  • I had a strong visual strategy, and would like the viewers to feel like they have been drawn in to share surprise in these details but I’m not sure whether I’ve achieved this.

 Context

  • Lead by the coursework and tutor suggestions my research has been fairly broad. I have thought about how other’s work and conventions have influenced me and this work. Whilst the work is in the modernist tradition of realism and clarity I hope that my images also express the warmth and interest that that I developed for this landscape.
  • In my reflective piece I identified the influence of Stieglitz, Weston and Brassai along with contemporary photographers such as Jem Southam and Robert Adams.
  • I am trying when reading/researching to give my personal response to a piece of work or idea but still need to be gutsier with this and flag up links to any earlier learning.