Assignment 6: Pre-assessment tutorial

During my tutorial for my fifth assignment, my tutor and I discussed how I would present my work for assessment. Now that I have completed the course, it is very satisfying to look back through my work to see how far I’ve come during this module. Overall, there doesn’t appear to be much that I need to change. I agree with my tutor’s view that my work is very much at an experimental stage, due to the very nature of the photography that I have produced. This is very much like the current nature of digital photography. It is continually evolving and reinventing itself.

Almost ten years ago, I began studying photography with the Open College of the Arts. At the very start, I was encouraged to ‘find my voice’ and develop my own photographic style. As my studies have progressed, I believe I am closer to achieving this. However, the ever-evolving nature of photography has meant that I have had to adapt and refine my own practice.

Digital Image and Culture has enabled me to address how images can be created, manipulated and distributed in the digital-age. By reviewing my assignments and coursework, I can see what motivates me and my photography. I am fascinated by the fragility of the digital images which we faithfully upload to servers and clouds. Our digital family albums consist of bits and bytes of data, which magically appear on the screens of our digital devices.

Throughout this course I have been very mindful of my assessment feedback for previous L2 Landscape course. The assessors had referred to the potential of my work being let down by its presentation. It was my first Level 2 course and I naively thought that I could submit samples in a similar fashion as I did at Level 1. Therefore, I am going to consider my submission for this assessment much more carefully.

Since my course officially finished in December, I won’t be able to submit my work for the next assessment event in March. Therefore, I have chosen the July assessment date instead. This will give me enough time to prepare my work properly.

Assignment 1: Coalition  

Since the first part of this assignment was to create composite images from printed photographs, I will present these as the original pieces of artwork. There is also an animated gif, which I will need to slow down. For the second part of this assignment, I will print a large version of the digitally manipulated images of my son.

Assignment 2: Contactless

This was the first photo book that I had ever made. It enabled me to also explore the use of different materiaIs and their qualities. Using transparent sheets enabled me to communicate on a much deeper level than just opaque paper. I thoroughly enjoyed the process, but acknowledge my tutor’s view that the images are very close to the gutter. He has advised that I submit it as it is for assessment, since I have learnt from my mistakes by producing a photo book for my 5th assignment.

Assignment 3: Critical Review

My essay will be printed and uploaded to the G Drive, ready for assessment. I have made all of the formatting changes that my tutor recommended.

Assignment 4: Digital Identities

This assignment was a transitional moment for me. The images that I produced for this assignment were not used for Assignment 5. However, I will provide the assessors with a sample of the images that I produced, since they illustrate the development of my ideas.

Assignment 5: Glitched

A photo book of glitched images, with QR code links to related online images. My tutor has suggested that some pages have too many images on. I did this to represent the many pixels which make up each image. However, my tutor’s feedback has made me question myself about this. It is still possible to identify aspects of the original photographs, when looking at all of the constituent parts. In order to stress how a new piece of artwork can be produced by being ‘glitched’, I will choose one image to represent each glitched photograph. These will be presented as a photo book, with the QR code linking to the online images. The camera app on any smart phone should be able to view the QR-coded image, without the need to download any app.

Learning Log

Following earlier tutor feedback, I have reorganised my blog. Therefore, I need to ensure all tags and categories correctly direct the assessors, and other visitors, to the correct content.

Exercise 4.3: Similar but different: memes, cloning and replication

Ever since I first read through my course file, I have been looking for inspiration for this exercise. Memes are becoming an increasingly popular way to express thoughts about current affairs. I’m often in awe with how quick-witted social media users can be when they upload their memes. 

Then, whilst I was watching the England v Panama World Cup match, I found my inspiration. It seemed that the Panama defence would do anything to stop Kane and co from scoring. At times, it really did seem like a wrestling match. After a brief image search of wrestling on Google, I found the image below. I chose it because of the red trousers being worn by the wrestler on the right - it was the same colour as England’s shirts. I then used Adobe Spark to type the final score over the top of the image. 

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Melanie Willhide

Not many people would be grateful to have their house burgled. However, if Adrian Rodriguez hadn’t stolen her laptop, then who knows how Melanie Willhide’s photography career would have turned out. When her lap top had been returned, Willhide discovered that her photo files had been corrupted. Instead of attempting to repair the damage, she embraced the situation and enhanced the distorted images.

To Adrian Rodriguez with love, © Melanie Willhide

To Adrian Rodriguez with love, © Melanie Willhide

Whilst Melanie Willhide has had an input into her final images, it is interesting to consider who can lay claim to them. Is it the burglar? After all if it wasn’t for his action then the images wouldn’t have been corrupted. Is the computer responsible? If it wasn’t for the lap top corrupting the files, then the art work would not have been as significant. Or is it Melanie Willhide? She had the artistic vision to pursue the concept of glitch art and apply this to her work.

As digital technology progresses, it can be difficult to determine where the photographer’s intervention ends and the computer’s begins. Whilst Willhide used Photoshop to enhance some of her images, I want to rely on the random possibilities of the image file corrupting. Therefore, I won’t be using Photoshop to manipulate any of my images.

Reference

https://slate.com/culture/2013/01/melanie-willhide-to-adrian-rodriguez-with-love-photos.html [Accessed 27/10/18]