Assignment 2 report pdf

I had my video tutorial with my tutor Wendy just over a week ago but have only just got round to typing this up (I’ve been beavering away on Assignment 3, more to follow shortly…).

Tutorials with Wendy are quite different to those I’ve had with previous tutors, and I admit I found the difference took a little getting used to. Rather than going over the submitted work in any great detail, the majority of the allotted time was spent discussing where the work could develop in future – in the tutorial for A1 we spoke about my ideas for A2 and A3, and in this session we spoke about A3 and A4…!

This forward-looking approach is useful in one key respect, of course, but I do come away from the tutorials wishing I’d had more feedback on the perceived strengths and weaknesses of the current assignment. I have resolved to overtly ask Wendy for such feedback in future!

Comments and reactions

  • You are trying (as I understand it) to find a visual language and strategy to explore the act of forgetting, or rather the process, as the brain ages, of trying to remember, to bring things back in to focus etc.
    • Yes, this is a good snapshot description of my intention
    • Wendy playing this back to me in her own words has actually helped me to hone in on one particular point that I hadn’t articulated well until now – namely that my interest in the fallibility of memory is specifically related to the ageing process
  • I think at this stage in your BoW development you need to do be engaging with some intensive ‘on the ground’ research. Choose one of more subjects and do some close observation (either in homes, day centres, etc) photographing people in their everyday surroundings, photographing objects particularly important to them (with those that have practical value or those with sentimental value, etc.)
    • I’ve thought about this since the tutorial and I’m not yet convinced that this necessarily fits in with the kind of work I want to make at the moment
    • It might work as a direct evolution of this assignment (I certainly have potential subjects available) but right now I’m more interested in exploring other visual strategies that are less about other people (specific individuals) and more about my own experiences
    • But I’m not ruling this out completely; it may relate to an idea I have for Assignment 4
  • I think at this stage in your projects development it’s critical to be simply pulling in as many ideas and visuals (i.e. photographs, drawings, sketches etc.) as possible. From this store of images and the ideas gathered – and looking at how they deal/live with memory loss, etc. you will begin to develop your project in meaningful ways.
    • I agree – I do need to expand my visual research horizons; I’ve had quite specific ideas on the first few assignments but I need to take a slight pause and regroup
  • Look at other photographers who have used a variety of strategies (still life, photographing possessions (Van Manen) or discarded messages (Arnatt) to explore ageing, memory and the act of remembrance.
    • Agreed – as per last point I need to contextualise my own ideas relative to the canon of existing work
    • This can lead either to inspiration, or a realisation that what I’m thinking of doing has already been over-worked!

Suggested research

Next steps

  • Research the above projects
  • Not immediately – I intend to reach some conclusions on this after Assignment 3 – I do need to decide what area of age-related memory unreliability I wish to ultimately explore, as there are two quite distinct potential routes:
    • Significant cognitive decline, up to and including dementia
      • other people’s experiences; serious, poignant subject matter
    • More everyday creeping absent-mindedness
      • my own experiences; more playful but still potentially meaningful