Positions and Practice Week 3 Reflection w/c 9th June

I didn’t enjoy this week so much. It has proved quite stressful. I at times wish I had the luxury of not working whilst studying, however I don’t. 40+ hour weeks and a Masters Degree what was I thinking???

I was really quite behind with the weeks work and so on Wednesday Lunchtime (14th June) after panicking about the project from my discovery on Tuesday that collaboration was required I managed to find a group that had space.

The only webinar that I can make in a normal week is a Thursday night. This meant I had to achieve the 3 images that had been agreed upon via an email trail on the Wednesday night! No pressure there then!!!

I had been supplied with an update of what had previously been agreed before my late arrival to the group:

  • Time to think/Contemplation
  • Coffee is the theme to give the group continuity
  • Cups of coffee, low viewpoint, shallow DoF, slow shutter speed – to give the impression of the coffee being in a quiet place in a busy world.

This was a great start I suggested using Bokeh in the background and trying to give feelings of tranquility in this world, these however appear to have gone overlooked.

So out I went……. taking my Mam with me (my attempt at looking less suspicious!) One photo I think could have done with some improvement but time was tight, two photos I was really pleased with (cheeky post to instagram with this one!! ( coffee cup photo ). I emailed photographs over and received one feedback. I was quite limited as I had not been added or provided with the group OneDrive information where everything had been previously shared, but never mind we had the email trail.

I gave feedback to the group after I had been to Thursdays webinar so that the others in the group could be prepared. I wish I had been supplied with the images so that I could have done part of the presentation too, but I understand not everyone may have had all of their images or been able to have done a blitz like I had done.

I would have liked my feelings of tranquility and using the bokeh blur to suggest movement included into the presentation, have more said about my images rather than “these are Kirsty’s she emailed them over” However when you don’t have control and don’t know people these things are bound to happen.. survival of the fittest and all that.

In the webinar I did attend I was very impressed with what the groups had managed to pull together. Particularly the family/memories group – Ali and Andy. I can relate to this and found this insightful. Creating links through photographs.

I also liked how we were guided through the poetry and photographs with Stanislav’s presentation – showing not only collaboration of this weeks work but also interdisciplinary examples from last week. I also enjoyed how we applied to the mix the connotation of the Sherpa/Guide to the journey or photographs and also memories.

We discussed participation vs collaboration – this was perhaps my role worked out it the end I contributed but was perhaps on this occasion unable to have collaboration.

I have learnt a lot this week and will be taking these lessons forward with me.

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