Part 3 : Assignment 3, Selected images and Self Evaluation
My Place in Landscape
Bodies are both materially and socially constructed, always in a state of becoming, constantly (re)configured in relation to their environment.
(Morag Rose (2015) p. 159
The one thought that struck me upon reading the diary I kept as part of the Assignment brief was, “I lead a quiet life nowadays” enjoying looking at our garden and feeling the sun on my face. I decided to create a project around the garden. Surprisingly this ended up with some self-portraits there (although I moved indoors eventually) and I wrote about these as a potential Assignment here. I also had another idea concerning the old apple tree as metaphor and symbol. Time constraints have meant that the latter will now become a personal project rather than a potential Assignment 3.
Instead I decided to move my self -portraits into the Landscape. I feel different there, breathe more easily and use the opportunity for contemplation. The world with all its troubles feels a different place when I am surrounded by green.
I have explained the personal/artistic context and the process here and here. My intention has been to find a way to put myself into the frame, mainly facing the camera, whilst not entirely merging with the views or obstructing the viewer’s gaze. My relationship with landscape has been a continuing subject for exploration during this Module and that will continue.
I have chosen 14 images and also improved a video slideshow I created to show my ‘emergence’ from the landscape.
I am usually most interested in combining text with images but, on this occasion, have decided to let the still images speak for themselves.
The chosen images
Demonstration of Technical and Visual Skills
I had concerns regarding printing in my previous Assignment and eventually purchased a more up-to-date printer, so I hope prints are of a better quality. The creation of videos is new to me and I know I have much to learn. At present I am continuing to practise, using iMovie now with the aid of a book that is comprehensive yet fairly easy to understand. My next step will be to find a suitable workshop. Additionally I have become more proficient in using wireless remote shutter release. Creating self-portraits outdoors has been relatively easy but I need more practice in indoor work. The use of lighting rather than natural light will be my next step.
Quality of Outcome
I believe I have demonstrated a sound foundation of knowledge in respect of relevant artists and writers that has been assimilated from wider reading and research.. Similarly in respect of relating these to my practice and being able to communicate my ideas to others. Comments on my blog from fellow students and discussions with them have confirmed this.
Demonstration of Creativity
I don’t feel as if I have been as intellectually creative as in Assignment 2. However, I did challenge myself to make self-portraits (despite knowing I didn’t really have to) utilised a wig to give me confidence, and then translated the idea outwards to landscape. I took what seemed a large risk to me in taking my camera equipment outdoors and then walking some distance from it to create the self-portraits.
I do believe that I have found my own personal voice and continued to us it in expressing my approach to landscape.
I have reflected on reading and research throughout and continually related this to my artistic practice. I particularly enjoyed this during this Module and, for the first time, with this Assignment, tried the experiment of not making notes at the time; creating images and then looking to see how I had assimilated all that I had viewed and read. This worked well for me on this occasion. It also meant that I looked again at books and images and this reinforced my learning.
One thing I have been particularly pleased about is that I have been able to more closely link my early experiences with present interests so that I have more understanding of the way in which they have affected my outlook on life.
2nd September 2015
Pogue, D & Miller, A (2014) iMovie : the missing manual. Revised 3rd ed. Canada: O’Reilly Media, Inc.
Richardson T (Ed) (2015) Walking Inside Out : Contemporary British Psychogeography, London: Rowman & Littlefield
Rose, M (2015) Confessions of an Anarcho-Flâneuse in : Richardson, T (ed) Walking Inside Out : Contemporary British Psychogeography, London: Rowman & Littlefield.