Presentation Slides

Slides used for my presentation

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Having come out of the presentation, it was brought to my attention that I had not evaluated my images. Instead I had concentrated on talking about what it was that I had decided to undertake as my project and why.

Evaluation of Images

I am pleased with how my images look aesthetically, even though I’m not 100% sure that the theory behind them has come through. I have added an artist statement alongside the images to give a brief introduction to the theory behind them but I didn’t want to influence the viewer too much, instead I wanted them to come to their own conclusions about the images.

I feel that the images have been successful in what I wanted to achieve – showing how mankind influences and shapes the environment around him. In my opinion the images work well together and show the different types of environments that are moulded and created by mankind.

Working on Reflective Evaluation

Today I will be making a reflective evaluation of my personal methodologies of practice and identifying and evaluating new things that I have learnt during my time working on this project. This will be done in two separate posts that will appear on this blog, both consisting of around 500 words each. I have started the preparations for my 15 minute presentation but still have some more work to do on this before it is completed. It is important that my presentation is clear and concise and covers all of the required information as stated on the assignment brief. I shall be working on these over the coming days and will be posting them to my blog in due course.

Reflection-Evaluation: Assessment

Yesterday was the last session for the Photographic Media Major Study module and this provided us with all of the information that we would need to help us produce our Final Presentation and to look back and be able to reflect and evaluate our work that we have produced over the last couple of months for this particular module.

The Major Study module has enabled us to be able to produce a substantial individual project which will be forming the centre of our professional portfolio. The module’s delivery has involved a series of symposia together with individual tutorials with specialists.

Yesterday’s session made sure that we had an understanding of the principles and are able to reflect in developing independence and autonomy. We need to have the ability to critically evaluate our own practices at Masters level. It is important that we have knowledge of the requirements of module assessment and we demonstrate where these have been met.

During the session we worked in pairs / groups and looked at the criteria that had to be met within the brief and discussed points of importance and questions that we should be considering when producing our Presentation and Evaluation.

We will be producing:

  • Reflective evaluation of our personal methodologies of practice; knowing, making, creating (500 words).
  • Identification and evaluation of your new learning over the project (500 words).
  • Presentation (15 mins)

Assessment Criteria, Mind Map & Notes

Assessment Criteria, Mind Map & Notes

Mind Map

Mind Map

Mind Map

Mind Map

Questions raised by group

Questions raised by group

John Davies – Landscape Photography Talk at the UH

John Davies

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© John Davies

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© John Davies

All images © John Davies, All rights reserved.

Yesterday I attended an informative talk at the University of Hertfordshire given by the photographer John Davies. Davies is described as one of today’s most outstanding British photographers. He became famous through his research on the English industrial landscape, observed in vast and detailed views.

John Davies was born in County Durham, England, where he lived in both the coal mining and farming communities. He studied photography in Nottingham and after graduating in 1974 he became fascinated by the rural landscape during his visits to the west coast of Ireland. This work focused on the forces of nature and the interaction between sky and land.

A lot of John Davies’s work is in black and white and the images display a vastness of space inhabited by the powerful elements of nature and the contradictory ones of culture to operate in two directions. Whilst viewing his work, it reconfirmed to me that landscape imagery can be immensely striking in black and white, and that sometimes colour can be distracting, though this is not always the case. This talk was of particular interest to me, as I have been looking into and researching landscape photography because it is an area of photography that I have always had a passion for.

John Davies’s work can be viewed on his website: johndavies.uk.com

John Davies has also documented (in photographs) on the disposal and sales of public open green space across Merseyside. It tells of the loss of public open spaces through privatisation schemes for a variety of commercial developments. It shows how local authorities are continuing to sell-off public parks, playing fields, open space and public rights of way in towns and cities throughout Britain.

More details can be read via this link: www.ourground.net

References

Davies, J. 2014. John Davies Photographer. [online] Available at: http://johndavies.uk.com [Accessed: 5 Mar 2014].

Davies, J. 2014. Our Ground – Loss of Public Open Space. [online] Available at: http://www.ourground.net [Accessed: 5 Mar 2014].