LYNDA WEARN 514949
MARCH 2021 ASSESSMENT EVENT
PH5LDS PHOTOGRAPHY 2: LANDSCAPE, PLACE AND ENVIRONMENT
MARCH 2021 ASSESSMENT SUBMISSION
Please find my Digital submission for Landscape Place and Environment.
This has been prepared in line with the guidance from OCA issued in May 2020 and in accordance with the Learning Outcomes (LO) for PH5LDS. For ease and navigation to the work I have chosen for each LO, I have included a link directly to it. All work is also uploaded to the Gdrive.
My Learning Log can be found here: https://lyndaslearninglog.wordpress.com/.
Part 1 – Learning Outcomes – a selection of Learning Log entries
Part 2 – Tutor Feedback
Learning Outcomes – a selection of Learning Log entries
LO 1- demonstrate detailed knowledge of visual and conceptual strategies in landscape photography, the representation of place be able to explore your own critical photographic projects.
I use concept mind maps, lists, and visual research of other photographers to help my thought processes when approaching an assignment. The use of OCA Padlets has helped this enormously, where I store all my research now.
Link to Padlets I have made and contributed to.
I include visual images of other photographers and artists in my planning.
Assignment 5 – Planning and Research
Exercise 5.6 Context and Meaning
Assignment 6 Reflection and Learning.
This was my least successful project and I demonstrate the reasons why it did not work in my reflection post.
LO2 – demonstrate an awareness of the wider social and cultural contexts that surround the representation of place and be able to discuss relevant ethical perspectives in relation to your own practice.
My choice of my own archive photos for Assignment 3, gave me the opportunity to explore the perspective of “Space to Place” in a way which would not have happened if we had not been in Lockdown 1. I chose some photographs of the Otterburn Military Ranges in Northumberland. I had visited an area not normally open to the public and with military escort was able to see artillery that was used as target practice and the accommodation in which the soldiers used when on manoeuvres. To enhance what were pretty monochrome shots I edited them after reviewing some old World War 1 enhanced photos. I was particularly, pleased with the outcome and the experience moved my photography on to a more abstract approach. In terms of ethics, I consider in my reflection the ethics of military training and the cost of defence to the country when the money could be spent elsewhere.
Assignment 3 – Spaces to Places
This was a re-think of my original ideas of looking at edge lands and structures. Because of the Pandemic restrictions I was unable to travel and so after discussion with my tutor I used some archive images of a military training area as the starting point. I then processed them to give them a sense of surrealism and subliminalism, creating a more dramatic effect.
Thumbnail images for Assignment 3 submission.
Learning Log entry – Thinking about Ethics
LO3 – explore and realise a range of ideas and creative starting points and exercise your judgement in the production of visual material.
Landscape has always been my go-to genre for many years and this course has pushed me to review the way I take landscape photographs. Previously, I tended towards typically pretty landscapes. I have experimented with editing, composition, Intentional Camera Movement, Abstract and moved out of my comfort zone.
Assignment 1 Beauty & the Sublime https://lyndaslearninglog.wordpress.com/category/assignments/assignment-2/Creative work uploaded to my allocated G-drive:
I think this image works quite well. The blurred sun on the window of the gatehouse resembles a fire in the building.
This image works less well but included because it has a surreal feel and a sense of mystery about it.
I think this image is good with the people clearly distinctive in the shot.
Although, technically this is not as good as some of the others but I do like the long shadows and is reminiscent of Munch’s Starry Night.
Another that works quite well with the church contrasting with the dramatic sky.
Although, this is quite a good image and edit it does not sit well with the rest of the set.
Another which is surreal and gives a feeling of mystery.
Assignment 2 – The Journey https://lyndaslearninglog.wordpress.com/category/assignments/assignment-2/
Assignment 2 – The Journey, set me on another new path when I decided to follow in the footsteps of Fox Talbot rather than my original idea of looking for something more traditional in Northumberland. Fox Talbot’s “Sun Pictures in Scotland” was the starting point for this assignment. The locations that feature in Sir Walter Scott’s novels were the focus for Fox Talbot and the route took me along the Scottish Borders. https://lyndaslearninglog.wordpress.com/2020/02/07/assignment-2-a-journey-planning/
When I decided to follow in the footsteps of Fox Talbot my original thought was to present the images in a contemporary style to show how they had changed over time. However, after embarking on the journey I realised that the area and images hadn’t changed a great deal over almost 20 years and this caused me to re-think how to present them I found myself imagining the journey in the time that it was originally taken and decided that a homage to the pioneer was going to be a good way of presenting them. This also gave me the opportunity to develop postproduction and editing skills of which mine are limited. Although, some of these images worked better in the editing process than others the inconsistency is a replica of how the original images appear today. Of course, the inconsistency of the originals is because of their exposure to light and the instability of the calotype process.
All images are better viewed larger. Although, this was a venture into a new area for me and again for me it was imaginative and creative, now that I am finished the course I am not sure I would take this approach again but it was fun doing it.
Assignment 5- Self-Directed Project
I made judgements both in image manipulation and the production of visual material. I know my skills are still developing, but I am trying new things and becoming more confident.
I included maps in my assignment to try to show where they sat within the town. I also tried to show the contrasts as the town developed into the edge lands. I return to the empty shops in the town in an attempt to show the partial impact these developments have had on the town centre. The final image of the signs shows how tourism, heritage and new developments occasionally operate side by side.
Assignment 6 – Reflection
Assignment 6 was my least successful project to say the least. However, my take away learning from it is here in my reflection. I have been honest and fair in the judgements I made about the project and creatively did attempt to improve a poor set of images to present a more creative experience.
LO4 – manage learning resources, conduct self-directed, contextual and visual research and be able to appraise your progress with increasing confidence.
Feedback from my tutor has consistently highlighted my research as being good and competent.
Assignment 4- Critical Review
Exercise 3.5 – Local History
Assignment 5- Planning and Research
LO5 – demonstrate increasing autonomy and a developing personal voice and exercise your communication skills confidently and interact effectively within a learning group.
It took me a while to join in the online discussion fora both as written contributor and on video conferencing platforms. Part reason for this had been my experience from other social media critique groups where people had not always offered constructive criticism and had at times been most unkind. This coupled with joining an experienced well-established group was a turn off. However, I eventually plucked up courage and joined the Forum Live, a cross disciplinary group and I wished I’d done it sooner. I soon became a regular contributor offering my work for feedback and my opinion on others. I also set up a hangout group for this course which is still meeting.
I was also busy in my personal life setting up a Covid 19 support group, recruiting volunteers, producing a newsletter and delivering prescriptions to those who were shielding. I have included my journal of the first 10 weeks in a link below.
Landscape, Place and Environment Hangout
Landscape, Place and Environment Padlet
Finding my Voice
I do feel that my voice is still developing and this course has allowed me to experiment and explore what it might look like. I am still experimenting but I am pretty sure that the genre will be landscape in some form.
Webinar – Finding your Voice with Rachael Tailbart
Online Tutorials, webinars and exhibitions
I have used this period of curtailed activity to access many online opportunities for learning.
10 weeks in Lockdown
All six tutor feedback reports can be found on the Gdrive and in each Assignment with my comments on them.