Integrating Learning from Workflow Coursework into Assignment One -Feedback From Lyndsey Jameson – Time is a Necessity for Creativity

I would love to say that yesterday’s photography for assignment one -Square Mile – was enjoyable, but it wasn’t.  Neither my physical or mental health are good at the moment, so it was hard work. It was made easier by a friend coming with me and being nearby.

I have been able to integrate technical skills, light and shadow, movement and story telling into my photography and I’m pleased with that.

I will review my photography during the week. My ideas for the assignment have changed over the past week and especially over the past couple of days. I really enjoy this process of allowing the spark of an initial idea to form over time. My process once I have an idea is to think intensely about it, then deliberately focus on something different. Do some research then take my focus to something else. I also meditate and when other ideas come to me I focus back on my breath and let the thoughts go. Having this gap allows the subconscious to process the ideas and all of a sudden when I’m watching TV or reading an idea will come to me about of the blue. Then I really focus on exploring that, and after a while I put my focus elsewhere.

I have gone from three ideas, down to one and with further thought I now have, what I believe is a strong plan for the series and how I want to present it.

My assignment will be a brief history of York presented as a photo book. I have valued the photo books that I have more than digital presentation. One one page I will have the photo and on the page next to it I will have the written history associated with that image. The first photo will link to the first century and then consecutively up to 2015.

I received feedback from Lyndsey Jameson in relation to my review of two of her paintings, which I will respond to once I’ve processed it fully. There are two things that will help me to develop my photography and my studies that particularly stand out. I like my initial process of critique, picking two images and then writing my initial thoughts. However I missed an overarching theme of Lyndsey’s art because I hadn’t looked through other paintings of hers. I missed some important symbology (being to focused on interpreting detail didn’t help either because I then introduced my symbology). My tutor Jayne Taylor has also discussed the necessity to look for symbolism in photography, as i had missed a critical metaphor when reviewing Walker-Evans. Lyndsey also talked through her process of moving from an idea to execution. The thing I gained most from this was the importance of discussing and developing ideas with friends and colleagues. When I see the results of OCA students such as Sarah Jane Field, it’s apparent how they involve others in the development and production of their work (and their assessment marks reflect this). I need to make more use of the OCA Student website for this.


8 Replies to “Integrating Learning from Workflow Coursework into Assignment One -Feedback From Lyndsey Jameson – Time is a Necessity for Creativity”

  1. A photobook! Now that is an interesting way to approach the assignment. Do you mean a ‘digital’ book or a paper one? Or both, even?

    Your comment about the collaborative approach to producing work is interesting. Perhaps we all come to it at some point but like you my thoughts have been leaning towards this conclusion for a little while now. I started an instagram account (using the name Phyllosc) to get my work seen a bit more. However, on reflection while getting your work ‘liked’ is nice it’s not the same as constructive criticism.

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  2. Hi David. I do indeed mean a physical book. I can put it on my blog as a pdf but I will print it as a book for assessment.

    Im in agreement with you that there is a need to get our work seen, especially when our long term goals are to be working photographers. I think the constructive criticism is vital. When I see the work of OCA students whose work is at the level of first class degree with honour, I notice that they put their ideas forward for critique before they pick their camera up.

    I have anxiety about that process but I think it’s the way forward.

    Have you noticed similar?


  3. That’s an interesting point re symbolism in art. I’m often querying how much ‘writing about’ a work is necessary to look at something and appreciate it as opposed to immediately being drawn into the work and having an instinctive response to it.

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  4. I think the instinctive reaction is really important, whether positive or negative. I have a friend who is a play writer and director. He got a really bad review at the Edinburgh Festival one year. I tried to console him and his response was that when he produces art he wants to create a reaction and doesn’t care if that is like or dislike. It’s reaction that gets people to contemplate their feelings, thoughts and ideas. I was shocked initially but it makes sense.


    1. Hi Lynda. Thankyou. Really enjoyed your review on modern street photographers and how that’s lead to you considering alternate composition.

      I’m not on Facebook. Does the group have a twitter account I could follow? It would be good to meet with the group sometime.


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