I had my first video feedback with my tutor Andrea Norrington on the 7th May 2020 on assignment 1 – One Square Mile, the link of which can be found here:
We discussed about working in a limited environment due to the lockdown restrictions and she was pleased with how I had dealt with the assignment overall. She felt that my series of birds and the editing of the images taken indicated that I had considered the project and my methodological and diligent approach to the course so far will hold me in good stead going forward. She was happy with my research and especially with the bullet points of key learnings that I was making at the end of each research point. She wants me to continue focusing on doing that in the future as well. She wants me to evaluate my progress periodically by reflecting on my blog, which she felt was well organised.
My areas for development included evaluating my progress regularly and to have an action plan ahead along with continuing to summarise my research into bullet points. Andrea also suggested to use my image database – not necessarily shot during the period of this coursework – for research references and this idea really appealed to me as some work that I find to be effective and in context can be used as a learning tool, from a research point of view, and building further upon that. This excited me and I immediately used this idea for my next research point, Laws of Gestalt – https://archnasinghexpressions.com/2020/05/08/what-to-include-and-what-to-reject/. It was a good exercise to see some of the images from my wildlife portfolio and to understand why those images worked in context with the gestalt principles back then too. It was good realisation to see how the mind works subconsciously to create a visual coalescence within the frame without consciously having applied it to the scene.
I am quite pleased with my feedback as I really worked hard for it. Also the fact that as per Dan Robinson’s zoom session yesterday where he mentioned that assignment 1 can be looked at for assessment makes me happy. Looking forward, Andrea’s session yesterday had some great points like the one where she mentioned that we can do selective and concise research. It doesn’t have to be extremely elaborate. This comes as a relief as to sometimes the huge list of resources can be a bit overwhelming and one struggles to find the time which falls short. I think the way to go forward is this. She also mentioned another great point about reading – it doesn’t have to be from the beginning to the end- we can choose to read specific chapters that we find relevant to our interest.
Andrea also provided me with some research points for the next assignment along with links of some quarantine ideas. Taking all these suggestions, I look forward to the next assignment and the learnings along the way with, as Andrea said, CURIOSITY.