Category: Reflective Commentary

External Commentary

I showed my work to George Szirtes  who, as well as being a friend, is an award winning poet. He also trained as an artist and was Head of Art at a secondary school before going on to teach Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. His comments are very thoughtful and go beyond …

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Photopoetry

Nott (2018:25) describes the origins of photopoetry from the mid-19th century. He considers the most engaging works “combine the visuality of photography and the textuality of poetry to create multisensory sites reliant upon the independence and interdependence of text and image”. Nott also categorises photopoetry into collaborative and retrospective; collaborative is where a photographer and …

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Grave Flowers – Iconography

My Grave flowers series were photographs of natural and artificial flowers left at gravesides. They were taken in a cemetery during  the first Coronavirus lockdown. Thee photographs  strike the viewer in two different ways, those where natural flowers have wilted or withered (quite common during the Coronavirus lockdown) – and those where artificial flowers had …

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Reflections on Part 4

I feel that my work has moved on significantly over the course of this module. My typological study of grave flowers is finished, subject to final sequencing and editing. I will be able to complete this once I know how many images I will be using from the other three sections. The Pesticides series has …

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Assignment 3 Feedback

I was pleased with the feedback from my tutor on Assignment 3, obviously there is still work to do and plenty of room for improvement but an opening line of “A significant amount of work and a well-formed and focused strategy for moving forward” is very encouraging. There are a number of areas where I …

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Reflections on Part 3

Part 3 has stimulated me to experiment more. Studying the work of Betty Hahn helped me to think about using other media or ways of expressing myself. I am pleased with the pesticide series as I think that it gives a striking image as well as conveying a message about indiscriminate usage of pesticides. I …

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Reflections on Part 2

I am starting to feel that I am making progress now, not necessarily with the images but with the ideas that I want to pursue to make the images for Body of Work. I learned from studying the Cyanotypes and comparing these with Japanese Aizuri prints. I looked at the general composition of the Japanese …

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Tutor Feedback on Assignment 1

My thinking on the topical theme is beginning to focus now following feedback from my two tutors. I need to be clearer on what I am trying to achieve. As suggested by my Research tutor all references will now be to ‘Flora’ and for my Body of Work I will look at this in the …

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Reflection on Part 1 – Body of Work

I feel that I have made a rather slow start to the Body of Work module, this is probably because I have spent a lot of time on the Research course. I thought that I needed to pin down the Research question as much as I could before I took any photographs, otherwise I might …

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