What a stimulating week with so many talented and interesting people and a great programme. I left energised and full of ideas to work on.
Pop Up Exhibition
The subject was around the journey to Falmouth and ‘Our Better Selves’. What started as a sorting of everyone’s images moved on to lots of energy for ideas. We ran out of time. Printing services were expecting seven students with one print each during 2-3.30. When we asked for more time and 10 A0 prints and 60 A3 prints there was clearly a disconnect…..or as Cemre said..’oh dear!’
The things that went wrong are what made this such a great learning experience. We got the prints done we could which was 99 A3 prints and then we got creative. The result was amazing and then we had viewers in the evening. Lots of collaboration. The team worked well together on mixing and matching work and supporting each others ideas on how to fit the work together. Rumours I killed Helik’s children are an exaggeration and even if I had there was no way they were not going to be resurrected and appear on the wall.
The portfolio review sessions are so powerful. I find being part of the review process of other students work to be almost as enlightening as my own work being reviewed. Doing these reviews in person has an added dimension over the webinars as we can move the prints around, add some, take some away and try out other combinations. Reviewed with Jesse and Cemre with Ilya and Veronica. Then Paul and Sarah with Tim, Nic and Andy.
Oxfam – Doing it for real
I presented the experience of producing the pitch for the Oxfam brief ‘In Our Street.’ Experiences summarised here.
Had a really good session working with medium format cameras. Spent quite a bit of time with the Fuji GFX 50. I was amazed how light it was (lighter than the Canon 5DMkIV) and the specification you got for the price. 50 mp for around £3000. We tried various lighting conditions and set ups using the studio and other participants as actors.
Side conversations were revealing. Ash told me about her session in the colour printing workshop. I had no interest in this before but as she explained all the learning she got about colour casts it caught my attention. Next year if allowed to attend this is something I will do.
A really well put together week and just amazing to be with people face to face.