IAP Assignment 3: Reflections After Tutor Feedback


Once again the Tutorial/Feedback received is purely in written form. My Tutor will have taken a great deal of time to produce such a detailed response. Thank you. My reflections on his comments are set out below. They are in the order appearing on the feedback.

Feedback on Assignment

Tutor: This equation of being holistically and actively engaged in the event, or being an observer of the event, is always troubling for the photographer, whether real or virtual.

I was once described as the only photographer who doesn’t carry a camera. The reason is I don’t because I always have my iPhone, but more importantly I want to be in the moment – not some disconnected person looking out for photo opportunities mid-conversation.

I found the screen scraping much simpler in the sense that pressing three computer keys without the normal technical and artistic photographic consideration didn’t disturb my concentration. In some sense, it heightened my concentration during the meeting.

Feedback on Coursework

Tutor: The way that you naturally allow your reading to expand to form a web of interconnections should be recognised and applauded.

From the beginning of IAP, I made a conscious effort to increase the amount of artistic research undertaken. Stating the obvious, but the more I put in the more I get out. This is particularly true of the Teichmann work. It was so impenetrable to begin with but it rewarded the time and effort to research its meaning.

Feedback on Research

I will read ‘War of the World’ by Mark Slouka. I will then respond to my tutor’s suggestion.

Feedback on Learning Log

Tutor: With any creative strategy, assessors would be looking for documentation of how you planned and analysed the ongoing work to try and deepen and improve it.

This is certainly an area requiring improvement. It is a cause of some frustration to me because I do give much thought to assignments (and other exercises. My problem is that I have not succeeded in finding a way to record the process.

Inevitably the (or certainly mine) creative thought process is random, haphazard and meandering. Perhaps the way forward is to use a written notebook and simply jot down the ideas and thoughts as they happen. I think I’m being hamstrung by my background as an accountant where everything needs to be neat and tidy and ordered. But my creative thought process is anything but neat, tidy and ordered. I think the phrase is ‘get over it, Ian’.

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