Text an images is the brief for the exercise, I looked for some text to play with and found a series of quotes from Abraham Lincoln, I really needed four and there were dozens of them so I printed them all out in strips and sorted through them brainstorming what sort of image the conjured up in my head:
I gradually edited down the selection of quotes to four and kept brainstorming ideas for images.
For this exercise we were asked to create a story where the picture does not depend on the text and the text adds something to the story/
As someone who is not great at drawing I decided to create some “drawn Images” using some Photoshop tricks from a catalogue of images I took last year at Loxwood Joust, I thought these could tell an interesting story.
In this exercise we were asked to go out and photograph advertising to look at how text was used. I found that some of the advertising was impossible to photograph. I.e. I could not park or there was nowhere to stand, some I shot through the window of the car at traffic lights, but this was dangerous and I did not want to get stopped by the police, so I took not of the remaining adds and went to the web to find them, this was much more successful.
I had a bit of a moment studying Erwitt, when I came across this:
I have heard many stories of the segregation of Blacks and Whites, I grew up i an era that was inherently racist, I found myself having to throw off the indoctrinated ideas I was fed as a child, especially as I made good friends with people of all races. I think of myself as someone who has risen above those nasty ideas. Seeing this image shocked me in a way none of the dogma and stories ever did. I look at this image and am staggered that someone went to all the trouble of installing a second sink of a marked lower quality so that White and Colored would not use the same sink. When I contemplate this the only reason for doing this is to insult and degrade people of colour, I find it utterly distasteful, however I find the image has had such a marked effect on me that I cannot say anything bad about it, if an image can have an effect on someone like this it must have hit the spot.
Its strange because the image is not technically that great its not straight and in terms of composition cuts off most of the chap using the sink. However it has a punch that hits well above its weight technically. It brings to me the writing of Bathes who could not understand why everyone else was not getting excited by the picture of Napoleons brother, who’s eyes had gazed on the emperor. This is for me a strong pointer towards the meaning of a punctum.
Some images teach you far more than they would first appear to be able to, this strange simple shot is now one of my favorite as an explanation of what makes you like an image, in this image if you have never been told about the Black white segregation the image may just confuse or leave you wondering what its been taken for.
I have spoken to the office at the OCA and contacted Keith, I have now set the time line for the last two assignments. I have been told that Assignment 5 must be sent to Keith for feedback by 30th of August, the email will trigger the successful completion of the module. I will then book assessment in November and send all of the materials off by the specified dates in September. As soon as the 5th assignment is sent I will be allowed to register for Landscape Level 2.
I have also applied for student finance so all of my Ducks are now in a row and I have some hard work to do.
Over all I am happy with the feedback, the assignment was sent to me directly from hell to punish me for being naughty as a child so the fact it worked in the end and Keith’s comments are positive I will take that to the bank. In all honesty I felt I just had to complete this assignment and move on an in the end I am happy its fit for purpose, I would not hold it up as my best work but it fulfills the requirement. so I am going to pack it up and move on.
Finally I have completed assignment 3 I visited teh yard one more time and have managed to edit the sequence down to the required 15 shots, which I do feel now reflect the life at the stable yard. I had to edit out a lot of the horse portraits because they did not add much to the story. I have tied to keep the body to images that depict the work and life at the yard, though there is still one portrait of the horse that was so good at being bathed I felt I had to leave him in.
Also many thanks to Annukka who helped me organise the whole thing broke my block and posed for the photographs