Before submitting my assignment to my tutor I must take time to reflect on my submission against the Course Assessment Criteria. These are outlined on page 10 of the course handbook and again at the end of part 1 on page 34 in graphical form which I have included below. Assignment 2 marks the end of Part 2 of the course which has looked at “how the lens controls the depiction of space though focal length and aperture.”
Demonstration of technical and visual skills (40%)
I worked through part 2 of the course methodically. During the assignment I made very specific decisions about which lens to use, which aperture, lighting control, distance from subject, composition and design. My interpretation of the brief was to control as many of these factors as possible to maximise the technical result of the assignment as far as possible. Technically my six images look like a series and there are no disconnects from image to image as occurred in my first assignment submission. However, because of that control there is not a wide use of different lens techniques in this particular assignment.
Quality of outcome (20%)
I am satisfied that the resulting images work well as a series and are technically competent. I have actively sought peer feedback on this and feel that I have done a reasonable job on the quality of the images. I am not sure that a viewer not aware of the brief would be aware that this assignment was specifically about collecting.
Demonstration of creativity (20%)
I am not sure that I am yet doing enough in this area. I feel a conflict between being creative and the constraints of the brief. I honestly felt bewildered when I discovered that one student used a photo-booth for this assignment. Yes this is a creative approach to collecting head, but is it using a dslr in aperture priority mode? Do creative risks mean ignoring the college instructions if the results justify it? I am as yet unclear on this and believe this is my greatest area of challenge – yet it is the area that I most want to develop.
This is another area that I am working to improve and need to develop. Now I am reading more and learning to reference what I discover rather than just keeping it in my head. I find this challenging, as do many, as it is not a natural way for me to work or communicate. However I recognise it as necessary and a strong part of what will help me develop my creativity above. A work in progress.