I have been reading a number of threads on the OCA Site recently which, have really brought home to me what I should be thinking about when making photographs for exercises and assignments and how I should consider my developmental pathway. Much of the enlightenment has come from comments made by CliveW for which I am very thankful and would like to document his comments and some of other contributors here.
The following are found on the thread: http://oca-student.com/node/62911
The first relates to development as one progresses through the course:
CliveW: “One of my personal rough models is that at Level 1 you’re discovering that you can have a ‘voice’, at Level 2 you’re looking for it, at Level 3 you’re using it.”
This makes sense to me and I will bear it in mind as I go on. However, more importantly is:
Peterjh: (http://oca-student.com/node/76812#comment-39857) ”The best way to go about all the assignments is to find a way of using the technical requirements to enhance the content/meaning or whatever of the images rather than simply look around for some images to illustrate the techniques.”
CliveW: ‘ I was thinking that by the end of the module you understood landscape as metaphor, even if you didn’t exactly think of it in those terms. But you’d journeyed to a more sophisticated understanding than ‘hello clouds, hello trees, hello sky!’
‘The difficult part, the quest of discovery, is finding out what you want to photograph…’ ‘…and, crucially, asking yourself why?’
A fellow student (Michael Millmore) summarises his thoughts well in a subsequent comment. My thoughts are VERY similar.
As mentioned at the start of this note, these comments have made me realise what is required. Previously I had in mind to use flowers for my colour assignment where I could find the appropriate colour combinations. This is not enough. I need to look for instances where the photograph stands on its own and the colour or combinations of colours enhances it. Now the big question is can I do this? I am not so sure at the moment. I understand the concept, have reasonably mastered the technical aspects of making a photograph, but can I implement these aesthetic elements successfully?
These are the challenges ahead and I hope that I can progress through this and other courses conquering them and progressing.