Assignment 5: The story so far.

I am making slow but steady progress with assignment 5.  This week I finally managed to write myself a brief that I am happy with:

One day while looking at old photographs I came across one of myself taken when I was in my twenties. It made me reflect on how much my life, and as a result myself had changed since this image was taken.   It’s not that I did not recognise that person in the photograph but I realise that I am no longer the same person.  I want to use this assignment to explore this feeling. To try to see who I was, who I am and who I will be? To look back and look forward. I want this to be an exploration, a journey.

This is a minor victory but a significant one.  I have been writing and re-writing this for a while now and this week, after shooting some photos and some correspondence with my tutor back and forth by e-mail I finally managed to crystallize and distill my ideas down to one short, simple paragraph that accurately reflects what I am attempting to express with this set of images.

Also I realized that I need to break the whole into smaller and smaller components.  So the entire assignment asks for 12 images.  If I break this down into beginning middle and end, that is 4 images per section.  I also need to section down image by image and intend to do this next.  However I have 4 images that I feel fit together as an introduction or the beginning of the narrative.  I am happy that 3 of the 4 are finished and complete, the fourth, an image reproduced earlier that I will call unmasking may change before the set is completed.

Here are the four images, not necessarily in the right order but you will get the idea!

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About briancooney123

HOW I GOT HERE Of course, I wasn’t always a full time photographer. I spent a lot of time in the corporate world. I had a job which paid well, but just didn’t excite me. I remember the day when I had had enough. Enough of selling myself short, enough of dreaming too small, enough of doing what others expected of me. I had put away my dreams and told myself I would get back to them later, but somehow there always seemed to be something else that had to get done first. A friend of mine had recommended I take the NLP Business Practitioners course, and although I was really busy, I decided to do it. During that time, I began to imagine the different paths my life could take from here. While I had a hazy picture of what this other life might look like, I had a clear picture of where my current life was going if I didn’t change. It was a scary moment, a bit like standing on the edge of a cliff deciding whether to jump into the great unknown or stay on the cliff, safe but trapped. I jumped. The transition to the life I wanted was challenging The transition to the life I wanted was challenging but I would never go back. After that day I resolved to do what I love, to follow my bliss.  Picking up a camera after several years away, I found that many things had changed, the digital age had arrived. In the intervening years, I was too busy to pay any attention to my photography, and occasionally when I took something I really liked, I would think “how do some photographs seem so captivating and others leave me completely cold?” I knew this is what I was meant to do Somehow though, I knew this is what I was meant to do. I dedicated myself to learning everything I could about being a photographer. I took many, many courses and I read every book I could get my hands on, I still do. Since then, I have dedicated myself to helping other creative photographers achieve the results they want. And what a journey it has been. Last year I qualified as a coach. My main area of interest is creativity and helping others to express their vision. WHAT I BELIEVE Along the way, I’ve learnt that there are no rules. Experiment, explore, play. My advice is to make your art from your heart, not for the praise or the money.  Lighten up. It’s important to take your photography seriously, but it's a mistake to take yourself too seriously. Finally, you get what you want when you never, ever give up so enjoy every minute of it and just do it!
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