I will respond to the feeback under each section with my comments and reflection.

Overall Comments 

Overall, I felt this was a well-conceived and executed project. 

Assessment potential 

Assignment 4 Assessment potential 

I understand your aim is to go for the Photography Degree and that you plan to submit your work for assessment at the end of this course. From the work you have shown in this assignment, providing you commit yourself to the course, I believe you have the potential to pass at assessment. In order to meet all the assessment criteria, there are certain areas you will need to focus on, which I will outline in my feedback. 

Feedback on assignment 

Demonstration of technical and Visual Skills, Quality of Outcome, Demonstration of Creativity 

Below are a few key points from before our tutorial: 

 Overall Comments 

Overall, I felt this was a well-conceived and executed project. 

Assessment potential 

Assignment 4 Assessment potential 

I understand your aim is to go for the Photography Degree and that you plan to submit your work for assessment at the end of this course. From the work you have shown in this assignment, providing you commit yourself to the course, I believe you have the potential to pass at assessment. In order to meet all the assessment criteria, there are certain areas you will need to focus on, which I will outline in my feedback. 

Feedback on assignment 

Demonstration of technical and Visual Skills, Quality of Outcome, Demonstration of Creativity 

Below are a few key points from before our tutorial: 

• The photographs themselves were all well seen and presented.
• There was nothing for me to add in terms of technical considerations.
• I was interested in the square cropping and the text.
• The square crop aesthetically works so I was wondering how you came to the decision? (Tied the work together. Tested other options and the message was lost)
I wanted to maintain a square 1:1 crop after experimenting with other crops, which did not work as welll as a square. I felt that the main focus was lost at times and to jumble up aspect ratios cause the whole project to jar. 
• The text -how did you decide what text to include with each image? How do you think it adds to the series? (These were explained to have come out of the discussions with the subjects whilst making the photographs)
And now, here are the notes I made during, where we spent quite a bit of time walking through possible approaches for assignment 5:
• You are interested in an almost forensic approach as a contrast to traditional ideas around photojournalism.
• Your idea was based around documenting a local road, or more specifically sites along that road where incidents have occurred.
• What I suggested, following your description of your plan, was to make a series of photographs along the road in a consistent style. Some of these images would then include sites of known incidents and others may not. You could allude to this through the inclusion of captions for those sites where something has happened.
• This offers two interesting benefits. First, you don’t know (and can never know) of every single thing that has ever occurred along that stretch of land traced by the road, so your captions can only remark on those events for which you have identified evidence. Second, it allows the work to hint that there is also the possibility of future events at other places on the road – time continues to pass and life (and death) continue after the images are made.
• You could then consider how the work would be presented, I would suggest either a book (which is fairly straightforward to hand bind yourself) or a series of exhibition prints. I have included a link to a basic book on bookbinding that I have used in the past. The easiest method to my mind is either a simple fold and saddle stitch or to use stab binding to join a selection of prints. A concertina book might also be an option if you can print a long enough sheet/roll.
• For folding, use a bone folder to score pages and either a ‘Scor-pal’ or a groove in any piece of flat wood.
Suggested reading/viewing
Context
These are the artists and writer I made a note of during our conversion to send over. Mark Klett – Repeat photography (not specifically relevant now but I think you will get a lot out of it). See https://www.thirdview.org Alan Sekula -The Body and the Archive – (If the UCA library doesn’t get you access let me know and I’ll send a copy over, or else pick up a copy of Bolton, R (ed.) 1992. The Contest of Meaning. Cambridge: MIT Press that has this and some other useful essays (including Krauss’s discursive places paper that is widely regarded) https://www.jstor.org/stable/pdf/778312.pdf Joel Sternfeld -On this Site – should be self explanatory – http://www.berk-
edu.com/RESEARCH/joelSternfeld/
Book Binding These are the three titles I use, of which I find the Lupton title the most useful. GOLDEN, A. 2010. Making Handmade Books, New York, Lark.
LUPTON, E. (ed.) 2008. Indie Publishing: How to Design and Produce Your Own Book, New York: Princeton Architectural Press.
SMITH, E. K. 2007. How to Make Books, New York, Pottercraft. Please inform me of how you would like your feedback for the next assignment: written or video/audio. I also mentioned that I don’t need to see the final book in the flesh so to speak, images will be fine. If you are pushed for time feel free to submit the images as you have this time, and add an outline of how you will turn the work into a book before assessment.
Reflection
I am very pleased with the outcome of Assignment 4 for several reasons. Firstly, the idea itself and working with complete strangers and getting to know them enough to direct my photograph, which reflected them and someting of their personalities.
Taking my time to interview them led to the final comments on each photograph but perhaps if I were to repeat this I would ask them for a word or two to sum up their personality/disability. I would be intrigued by the repsonse.
I am not concerned by the choice of cropping and I think it works well in this format and particularly as I intended these photographs to be hung on a wall. Although my tutor and I have since discussed during Assignment 5 tutorial the possibility of making these into a book. If this were the case and I will consider creating a mock-up of a book the cropping would work in an 8×8 book.
I boought a copy of Lupton’s Indie Publishing and found it an invaluable resource for Assingment 5.
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