Thinking about assessment.

I am beginning to gather my thoughts together for the assessment submission for this course and People and Place, the other course module that I have been working on alongside this one.  My tutor suggested some time ago that I submit a book as part of the assessment and I have played around with blurbs Bookify software trying to design it.  To be honest this has created more questions than answers like what to include in it.  Originally I thought of including all of the assignment photographs, laid out in separate chapters but when I tried this with the first couple of assignments it seemed incongruous.  The different assignments switch between black & white and color for a start and then within the assignments the photographs change between landscape and portrait aspect which doesn’t look good when laid out.  Also my tutor suggested that I submit my learning log on a DVD or a USB key.

Yesterday on the OCA Flickr forum I asked “I am designing a book for my DPP assessment. I had a look at Penny’s book, fabulous! But I have a question; My tutor advises me to submit a selection of images taken from the 5 assignments over the course (8 – 10) and I tend to think that is a good idea. Should I select what I consider to be the best 8 – 10? Also he says to submit a DVD or a USB stick with my learning log on it. How do I get my blog onto a DVD? “

Clive gave me this answer: “The book should be in addition to the presentation of the 5 assignments with their reports, reflections and changes; however you intend to present them.

A book needs to have a rationale as a flowing body of work in its own right; in other words it should be about something rather than a book of favourite standalone images.

If you are presenting the assignments in a physical form, prints, documents, DVD or memory stick then the blog can stay on line but make sure it’s easy to navigate to the most important material for review. That will be material concerned with your conceptual development; researches, reviews etc.

We’ll be able to see the arc of your development through the assignment material. What we’ll need to see from the blog is that development in a wider context”

So from his answer I think the best way to proceed is:

  • If I submit a book it must be a book that I create for its own sake, I can select the photographs from this course.
  • I need to examine my blog here to make it easier to navigate for the assessor.
  • I can set up different pages here on the blog for assignments (already done) book reviews, other artists work, exercises and so on.
  • I need to list the actions that are required.

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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