Positions and Practice Week 2: Reflection

This week has been really very challenging. I realised that I was really quite behind and this revelation has panicked me.

I have had moments of sadness knowing and having confirmed that there are some people or areas of the arts that are not convinced that photography is an art and coming to terms with this is really quite challenging.

I did enjoy looking at the interdisciplinary elements this week, as aspects of this week are particularly relevant to me. I think that photography does go quite well with art, and I think I could go so far to say that i find, that in my world and work at least they have a very complimentary relationship.

I have learned about the early work of Fox Talbot and the images through the microscope and this excites me, and it is an area that I would like to move forward with and explore more.

Positions and Practice Week 1 – Reflection

 

This week I feel that I have been challenged in many ways. In a lot of ways I feel very out of my depth. My peers seem to be much more knowledgeable than myself and this leaves me feeling quite worried about how I am not at the same level of contribution as everyone else.

I feel that I understand the concept of global images and reading the responses of others and trying to understand them is another way that I have been challenged this week.

I have been surprised that I actually have some knowledge of historical images. I was initially worried that I would not know any. I was also surprised this week that during this weeks work I managed to come up with some ideas for my final project and I think that working on the Global Image has helped me to do this.

I have learned a great deal about the history of photography. I took myself off in a different route to learn about the positive negative. I have not done my own developing before so this was brand new to me. I learned more about how photography can be persuasive, but also how it can tell a story in a different way to a piece of video footage of the same event. I also enjoyed researching images this week, and how they relate to the global image.

First blog post – About me.

Hi, I’m Kirsty. I’m from the North East of England and I love photography.

This blog is going to be my Critical Research Journal for my MA Photography. A masters in photography!!! I never dreamed I’d be doing this!

A little back story, I’ve had a camera in my hand since I was small. Family members would give me their cast offs and without any film in them, I’d go round taking my pictures. I finally advanced to getting film and then onto digital.

Brownie Camera
Taken by Kirsty Logan Photography

When I started my degree with The Open University I had the opportunity to take a 10 week Digital Photography course, it was here I found I have a bit of an abstract eye. I enjoy showing people a scene they may have seen lots of times but from a slightly different viewpoint!

Sage and Tyne
Taken by Kirsty Logan Photography

This was one of the first images from that course in 2009 . Yes I might do it differently now but it’s all part of the learning curve.

Since then I’ve dabbled, I’ve taken another 10 week OU course which collaborated with the RPS of which I’ve also become a member. By completing my MA I want to become a more well rounded practitioner of the art and the science. I want to be taken out of the comfort zone and have my skills tested (I was honestly surprised to get through the portfolio stage of the application process!) but most of all I want to prove to myself I can do it. I don’t just take photos I am a photographer!!!