My tutor's feedback for my second assignment was very positive and it was reassuring to know that I'm heading in the right direction towards assessment. Technically my photographs are working well, but I need to develop my own personal viewpoint. This reminds me of my initial reason for wanting to study photography with the OCA, that I want my photographs to say something. My tutor has enabled me to realise that I need to put more of myself into my photographs.
Working systematically through the course file can lead to producing images that fit the brief at a fairly basic level. My second assignment fitted the brief by illustrating activities at a summer fair, but they could have said so much more. Martha Sandweiss referred to this as:
The capacity of photographs to evoke rather than tell, to suggest rather than explain, makes them alluring material...
I need to delve further into my photographic study to find examples of other photographers and think of issues that I could explore.
As I am about to start Part 3: Buildings and Spaces, I am already getting myself worked up about what to do for my third assignment. Instead I need to approach this with an open mind and see where my studying takes me.