Reflections on Assignment 5.













This image, which I made for assignment 5, is one where I can see the influence of Gillian Wearing’s series signs that say what you want them to say.










The image above was also made during the period when I was considering what to photograph for assignment 5.  I knew I wanted to make a series that was concerned with my own identity but I was looking for the way in, the start.  I remember getting quite frustrated with trying to visualize the series and then I just decided to start work on the different ideas that I had.  The rest just went from there.  Actually it was the photographs of myself in the background that gave me the idea for one of the images that is in the finished series.










And this was starter image, my way in.  I had been reading about Gregory Crewsden and how his father was a psychotherapist, which had given him an interest in Frued, which in turn led me to read Dream Psychology.  In it Freud talks about dreams concerned with bathing and water being about birth, that gave me the idea to use the bathroom.














The next image is the one with the jigsaw piece.  I tried this several different ways.  The idea behind it really is how we are a puzzle to ourselves, when I look back at old photographs of myself, I don’t recognise the person (me) in the images.  I was looking for a way to express that and I hit on the idea of the jigsaw which I ordered online.


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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