Your directed study over the Summer period is to be about better Understanding your Photographic Practice. It’s about recognising that we all see the world differently, both in terms of how we look and how we perceive what we look at. We’ve already found throughout the first year of the course that each of us does indeed have a markedly different approach to how and what we photograph.
Level Two is about Placing our Photographic Practice into Context. So having recognised our unique vision and areas of interest, we begin to consider what precedents have been set with regard to similar practices – in other words – whose work am I most drawn to? Whose photography do I feel an empathy towards? And how did these people develop and sustain their practice?
You are now at the transition phase between these two stages.
The Summer task is about taking the practices that we’ve begun to establish (in your blogs, sketchbooks, diaries) and actively focussing them.
You should all re-visit the work that we’ve done over Level One and look for the projects, ideas, photographs, artists etc that merit further investigation. It may, for instance be the light in a certain portrait, or a subject that was interesting, but didn’t quite fit into the module at the time, or a location or film/book/album that made a profound impression – each of these are key areas for reflection and research (both academic and practical).
This is the kernel from which a sustainable practice will grow. This is a key staging point in your progress through the degree.
From now you’ll be explicitly ‘opening-out’ your practice in order to establish what will become a (your) branded aesthetic and your currency as a Practitioner.
When returning from the Summer break each of you should have a number of projects prepared for further development throughout your second year.
In short :
i.) Research and develop at least three areas of interest from Level One.
ii.) Prepare a short visual essay/sketch (five to ten images – no words) for each area of interest.
iii.) Present these images in an online public space (your own site, flickr, facebook etc).