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So. it’s the 23 December, and I’m sitting in front of my monitor and about to start processing another image from the summer. I’m still on July, working on the images I took in Venice. Although my University module with the Open College of the Arts finished in September (which I passed) I don’t seemed to have made much headway in getting through the photographs I have taken.
My plan was to get up to date by Christmas (now) so that when the next module begins, I’m up to date with my own photographs – once the Uni works start I will have very little time to process my own images.
I have various projects that I want to either start or finish. I have a book of 365 images which has been ready for printing for quite a while now as well as a collaborative project with three other photographers that has the tentative title of ‘Tempus Fugit’. This project which will result in a book, is at the stage where the photographs to be used are being chosen.
I also have set up a test site for the sale of my prints on line together with ‘gallery’ space for other guest photographers who also want to sell their prints online. It’s look as though this may have to wait another few months before I can get to grips with it again.
I am currently debating whether I continue with my photographic degree course because of all the other pressures on my time. I also work full-time in a normal job, and have a family. My free time is being squeezed all the time. I seemed to bounce from giving up the course to carrying on many times, in the course of a week. I love that the course has broadened my appreciation of photography and photographers that I may have never considered looking at before, but doing the degree is a massive commitment in time and money and other things have to drop by the wayside whilst it is being done.
As I said, decisions…decisions.
I hope you and yours have a merry Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year.
I have just submitted my second module for assessment at the Open College of the Arts. If I do OK in terms of marks, then I won’t be starting a new module until January 2014. So I can use the next few months catching up with the backlog of my own photographs.
This last module has been a bit of struggle sometimes. My tutor was difficult to get hold of sometimes, I found out later that this was because he was preparing to move to Russia to take up a new job. He actually moved six weeks before my work was due to be assessed and during this time he was unobtainable. The OCA gave me another tutor who is also an assessor and he has made me look at my photography, and quite honestly, question its value.
Is it enough to merely produce a picture that people will look at, say it’s nice and move on, or should we striving on every image to make them want to come back and look again?
This is the premise behind Roland Barthes book Camera Lucida and his reflections on the initial attraction and interest of a photograph called the studium, and the punctum which is the object or part of a photograph that jumps out at the viewer and makes them want return to it again and again.
So, I am beginning to try and look at my images with a view to ensuring that people will want to see them again. It’s obviously not possible with every image, but it’s worth striving for.
So, if I continue the degree, it will be more about producing images which speak for me, rather than trying to make photographs that people will say are ‘nice’.
A tough call I think!