Weekly Journal – The exhibition
I’m really happy with the quality of our exhibition and each photo expressing the emotions. Not only does this show a range of our different photographic style but it also shows, what frightens us or makes us happy. None of these photos are alike what so ever which is good. We left it open for interpretation, which I think is best. I’m hoping that the viewers reflect upon these diverse photos and find the connection or receive an emotional response based on how they see the images.
The first photo I have displayed is for Fear. This is a photo of a squirrel in Grosvenor park, Chester. Anyone who knows this park will know of the raging squirrels that run the park. I never really had a fear of them till I was chased from all different angles and they tried to mount my persons. I’m not one whom likes being chased by what are essentially rats with puffy tails.
My next photo symbolises the Love I have for our local pub ‘The Cock and Pullet’ in Birkenhead, we’re in there every week. It’s our hideaway from the stress of university and jobs. As I’m a busy student and as are my friends, we only see each other at the pub. I love my friends and the pub for bringing us all together to release all of our negativity once a week.
For Loneliness I wanted to photograph inanimate objects that where once sentimental to us. I decided to go with a teddy bear because as a child, they brought us happiness and comfort when we felt alone and lost. Now they have been forgotten, like lost toys. I photographed this bear in a shopping bag on a stairwell in Chester. I lowered down the colour of the photo to give it a monochromatic look to give it a grey overtone. I thought this would add to the mood I was trying to express.
For me, I’m happiest when things don’t go wrong. My happiness is my contentment, I could be sitting in my underwear playing games or listening to music or even doing bugger all. But I am happy because my mind isn’t going overdrive or too stress because I’m in my happy place. I often find a place to just sit down and listen to music.
AD5302 Collaborative Practice – Self Evaluation
What do you think was your most significant contribution to this project?
My most significant contribution to this project was probably my photos and having them done on time even though I joined the group late. I didn’t get involved with the idea part as I wasn’t here for that but I have given my thoughts and opinions as they came to me.
What was the most important thing you learned about photography and exhibition practice from doing this project?
The most important thing I learned was to keep in contact and up to date with the group using ‘WhatsApp’. I found this to be very useful as I could contact them if I needed to. Keeping up with the group also gave me the chance to be a little more social and learn how to communicate a bit better.
What was the most important thing you learned about collaboration during this project?
I learned that you need to be social and actually talk and communicate with the group, you also need to speak up and give your opinion to optimize the chances of learning more.
What did you find the hardest part of this project?
The hardest part of this project for me was doing four separate shoots (plus editing) in a couple days.
If you had the chance to do this project again, what would you do differently?
If I had the chance to re-do this project I would do more shoots to increase the chance of getting better images. I would definitely re-do Fear as I originally wanted to focus it on glass and claustrophobia but it didn’t work out. I would also speak up more and get my thoughts and opinion across.