Thames Valley OCA meeting 16.1.19

This was a smaller meeting than normal and without an OCA tutor, but still very useful, I wish I could get to them every month.

We discussed the recent exhibition that some of the members (the open art collective) held and that I’d visited the day before, “Time” at the Light box gallery Woking. Most of the work Id seen over its creation in the past year at meetings but it was wonderful to see the work in a professional layout in a gallery open to the public; quite an achievement I thought and I have a mind to join in and exhibit next year- another thing to take me out of my comfort zone.

We then allocated time to each student that wished to show their work for peer analysis. I shared my drafts for my assignment two : Doughnut city. I shared my thoughts behind the images, which in retrospect was a mistake as I may have gained more objective feedback had I not. However I was able to glean the following:

  • They agreed that I should keep the images in colour and not convert them to black and white to gain more consistency.
  • The chaotic signage seemed to grab the viewers more than my idea about the individual character of each image


  • re evaluate the images and consider reshooting  Eastrop without buses and dropping a couple of the images, whilst shooting one or two new roundabouts, possibly smaller ones for comparison and to bring the emphasis for the series to the signage.
  • Possibly use mile markers on the journey to name the roundabouts.

Other learning for me in the day was gained from discussion and looking at others work were:

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