Shaun Mullins – 512659 – Photography 1 Context & Narrative – Assignment 1
I am pleased to blog that I received a good report for my first assignment for this course ‘Context and Narrative’.
This assignment was very similar to my last assignment for ‘The Art of Photography’ course which covered the subject illustration and narrative. For that assignment I had to find or invent a story / narrative that I could produce photos for both as a book / magazine cover and to illustrate the story itself. Having already researched a method of best practice to both prepare and carryout the work effectively, I put the same methods in to practice with this assignment – Namely, my brain-storming and storyboarding.
I took a risk when I decided to just used a mobile-phone as my only method of recording the images; but I felt I could create a better sense of authenticity for my particular story. I found Clive’s comment that I had created a character for myself very interesting. It hadn’t occurred to me. Nor had I ever considered creating a character for myself. Moreover, I would not have expected that by even having such an idea it would have made any positive contribute to the work. However, this is a new dynamic for me and something I will consider further.
Clive’s comment on my coursework, is valid. The exercise for street-photography didn’t go too well for me as I feel very uncomfortable just taking pictures in public like that. Clive’s comment, “kaleidoscopic presentation of the street-photography and the dizzying angles.” is a fare comment as it was the result of my desperation to try and get some images of interest whilst working in an uncomfortable environment. Maybe, in a capital-city or historical-town full of tourists it is much easier to work with a DSLR; but in small provincial-towns and villages you get a lot of negative reaction from people that borders on aggression. To be honest this is not a field of photography that rocks my boat; but I will probably try again, I may book a street-photography course with Nikon and if working on my own I will prefer a more discreet camera such as that on a mobile-phone.
I am very grateful to Clive’s useful feedback and tips; I shall take them all on board.
Overall this assignment and this first section has been a very positive experience.