An opportunity very much like the Source Graduate Photography Online show came up, thanks to Dan the interim OCA photography course lead who negotiated it with the Association of Photographers (AoP) on our behalf.

The requirements were a little different though, as there was a maximum of 50 images for the OCA as a whole, so how many images we got to display each depended on how many students wanted to participate. As it turned out, there were 10 of us, so we got 5 images each.

I chose this mini-edit:

Having to do such a tight edit was tricky, though enlightening. It made me realise which of the images I personally gravitate to the most. Whether this makes them the strongest possible set of this particular size, I’m less sure. I did however try to take into account the feedback I’d had from the portfolio reviews regarding sequence and repetition.

The text limit was the tightest so far: only 500 words.

I got mine down to:

My work is concerned with the unreliability of memory, in particular the interconnected processes of remembering and forgetting. This project emerged from a series of walks around my local area, noting memories triggered by what I observed. I became fascinated by the notion of memory slippage, that an abandoned chair could make me think about having missed someone’s birthday. It evolved into a study of the fine line between forgetting just enough and forgetting too much.

Ironically, I forgot to include the series title Remembering Forgetting (!) but thankfully Philip, the student who kindly coordinated the overall entry, spotted and corrected this for me.

Again, like the Source opportunity, the nice thing about this was to exhibit work alongside other OCA students, some of whom I know well and have been in a study group with for the last couple of years. I was pleased to see that study buddy Selina Wallace had one of her images chosen as the overall OCA ‘cover image’ for the show.

OCA BA Hons Photography