There are many ideas that run through my head as I think of my final major project sometimes as I walk around looking at things I have no idea of what I’m looking for or what to photograph I guess that’s something to expect as a Documentary photographer.
Over these past few weeks the feedback that I have received from Leonie and Peter my tutors has been encouraging. It feels like I’m moving in the right direction as I move forward.
I really believe the feedback is essential as to ones learning, as the tutors know what they’re talking about and try to steer us in the right paths. I do love Peter Fraser’s style of photography it’s different but very thought provoking and it pulls me into deeper things as I view his work. One of his projects that has inspired me as I continue with my project is a Documentary he did while in France and like myself he didn’t know where to start, sometimes it’s like that as we tread on into the deeper issues of telling our stories. Peters project was Ice and Water.
It is most interesting when people view your work especially your tutors as they are more experienced in this field of professionalism than I am and they know what works and what doesn't. They can only advise how to move forward and at the end of the day its up to us if we accept that advice.
Some of the work that I have recently shot with the view of maybe using it for this project has been critiqued in such a way that I have been told it will not make the final edit so that sort of alarmed me to look closer at what I'm actually doing and what I'm trying to say as a photographer. And to keep experimenting with ideas I have, but I am a bit of a perfectionist when it comes down to it as I like to do the best that I can.
I have been asked to re-shoot the net curtain idea and to use a bed sheet which I'm certain it will not achieve what I'm trying to do / say as a photographer, however I have to give the benefit of the doubt to this person who asked I re-shoot it. I've found the while listening to different tutors and their feedback which is going to differ from person to person, it can cause some confusion when I try to please one and it turns out I can't please the other. I realise the true saying "you can't please everyone".
But at the end of the day it's how I feel about the project and how it is developing into a body of work about my life. Yes people are entitled to their opinion and that's fine. But it's my story told how I interpret life, my life.
I"m very much on the learning side of things as I study for the Masters and I seek to do my best to achieve what I set out to do. I'm a dreamer and I think of images even before I take them I get ideas that sometimes don't work and sometimes they do it just varies.