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Assignment Six: Transitions

Introduction

For Assignment 6 we have to produce a series of images that respond to the idea of “transitions” within Landscape. We have to work for this assignment during the whole duration of the course. We should record the changes a part of a Landscape undergoes over an extended period of time. When completed the assignment should address the notion that a landscape is an evolving, dynamic system.

Reflective commentary on how the project developed

As described above I worked for the Transitions project for most of the part of the Landscape course. For this reason there might be discussions about other photographers etc which are also related to this project in posts that are connected with other projects, assignments etc.

You can see the progress of my work for Assignment 6 in my blog under the tag – Transitions

https://argyriosphotography5.wordpress.com/category/transitions/

As I was in Pamplona, Spain for the biggest part of the period I was actively working for the course, the area of my choice was a park in walking distance from my temporary home there.

During the first weeks of the course I was visiting the locations and I was simply trying to capture the effect of lighting and weather in a specific location (Ex. 1.5, Transitions-2, Transitions-3). However, my tutor suggested that layers of meaning are important and I think that what was missing in those photos (I was simply taking photos a security camera would have taken). Also, there was no personal voice etc.

As discussed in the blog (Exercise 2.2 and Transitions-4), after few e-mails with my tutor I decided to challenge what I consider as Landscape photography, add some layers of meaning and also experiment a little.

I tried to be a little more creative in Transitions- 4 by changing my point of view and closer to my personal voice.  I kept working on that in Transitions- 5, Transitions-11 and Transitions- 12 where the voice was start shaping. I was more experimental in Transitions- 6, Transitions- 7, Transitions- 8.  In the report for As.4 my tutor suggested to explore further the mirror concepts and I did so in Transitions-13. Although, I think it is an interesting project, it does not match with the other photos and that is the reason I did not include them in the submitted photos for As. 6 (different location, different “voice”).

In the report for As. 2 my tutor mentioned that “The successful images are the ones that feature discarded objects” and that is the reason, I tried to concentrate more on this direction.  Also in the report of As. 3 it is mentioned that “The rubbish is interesting”.

Working for As. 6 affected my ideas about Landscape. That was in agreement with how my ideas for landscape change in general while working for this course, an issue I will discuss more later in this report.

One final comment, I felt that my tutor’s comments and discussion where really helpful on the evolutions of the project (comments about layers of meaning, experiments, challenging what is landscape for me etc). I tried to follow most of my tutor’s suggestion and when I did not it was not because I ignored them, but simply because I could not put them in practise which is not always possible in a creative process.

Transitions in my project

In the previous post I discussed how the project evolved etc as suggested in the course notes. However, I need to write also few thoughts about my choice of photos and why I think they address the notion of Landscape as a dynamic and evolving system.

When I started working it was simply the changes of the weather and lighting (that is easy to understand). Then, I switch to the objects/ rubbish which are something temporary. They have been dropped behind of not responsible people (rubbish) or forgotten (objects). They will not be there after few hours/ days when the cleaner will remove/ collect them. They are part of the landscape at the moment the photos were taken, but they are not a permanent part of the landscape (like buildings, trees etc which are “more” permanent).

Research- Reflections

There are discussions about the transitions projects in many parts of my course, however few relevant are below (possibly I am missing few). Those are in addition to the posts tagged Transitions or Assignment 6 (See above), and include discussions about the work of other photographers.

https://argyriosphotography5.wordpress.com/2016/03/19/looking-at-the-work-of-other-photographers-tutors-suggestions/

https://argyriosphotography5.wordpress.com/2016/09/29/as-2-reflection-on-tutors-comments/

https://argyriosphotography5.wordpress.com/2016/06/04/exercise-2-2-explore-a-road/

https://argyriosphotography5.wordpress.com/2016/11/26/exercise-4-3-a-subjective-voice/

https://argyriosphotography5.wordpress.com/2017/06/28/researching-for-as-5-looking-at-the-work-of-other-photographers/

https://argyriosphotography5.wordpress.com/2016/07/07/resubmission-of-assignment-1-and-reflection-on-tutors-comments/

Photos

We can see the final choice of the photos below.

Course reflection and evaluation

In this part we have to write a short entry reflecting on what we have learned in this course, considering how our approach to the landscape has changed and how our knowledge has evolved. I think it worth looking to the following posts and reflecting on some thoughts from them etc.

https://argyriosphotography5.wordpress.com/2016/02/12/exercise-1-1-preconceptions/

https://argyriosphotography5.wordpress.com/category/part-1-beauty-and-the-sublime/exercise-1-3/

https://argyriosphotography5.wordpress.com/category/part-3-landscape-as-political-text/exercise-3-1/

https://argyriosphotography5.wordpress.com/category/part-4-landscape-and-identities/exercise-4-3/

When I started the course I have in mind more traditional concepts of what is landscape photography. It was similar to what I learned from school or tv, books etc and it was similar to what we consider landscape paintings. It was limited to picturesque landscapes which show the beauty of a place. Also the point of view was the one a wide lens can give with everything well focused, a result similar to the “Landscape Mode” of a camera.

I learned through this course that contemporary landscape is not limited to that and does not only depict the beauty and the sublime. Landscape images can be used to inform about situations or pass messages (see the post about the visit to the Exhibition of Royal Geography Society when they want to raise awareness about the damage the humans have done to the planet). Also, I learned about the concepts of space and place which was interesting. In addition it was interesting to put in practise the use of text in photography. A concept I wanted to try in the past and I hope to try again in the future.

As my personal photographic practise was not related to what I was considering before the course as Landscape photography, I did not consider myself as Landscape Photographer. However, what I learned in the course is that even photos which can give a sense of space and do not follow the “rules” of Landscape Photography, even when depicting objects; they can be considered Landscape photographs. Also, although, I was not so successful in intervention with the landscape when I tried, I really appreciate looking at the work of photographers you have done that successfully.

I have to admit that in general the “Landscape journey” was much more interesting than I was thinking before joining the course. I am glad that I had the opportunity to do it, and I think it is better to have it as a part of a Photography degree. It had much more reading/ analysing of essays that somebody could expect for a photography course, but I also found that interesting.

Reviewing assignments

I tried to follow most of the tutor’s suggestions and I tried to reflect on their comments.

You can find each assignment (initial and resubmission in the links below)

https://argyriosphotography5.wordpress.com/category/assignment-1/

I believe that the images in resubmission are much stronger than the initial submission.

https://argyriosphotography5.wordpress.com/category/assignment-2/

I think that the rework in the text following the tutor suggestion is better. I hope that the selection of the photos in the resubmission is more successful.

https://argyriosphotography5.wordpress.com/category/assignment-3/

Following to my tutor suggesting I reshoot some photos in more cloudy sky. I think the images in the resubmission are stronger.

https://argyriosphotography5.wordpress.com/category/assignment-4/

I think the final version of essay is better than the initial one.

https://argyriosphotography5.wordpress.com/category/assignment-5/

I reworked the As. 5. I think that the resubmission is more interesting than the initial work.

As. 6 is submitted with this form

Tutorial

In this post I will discuss how I want to submit my work for assessment.

  • I will attach/ send a link to my blog which will be the main part of my submission.
  • I will put in the specific folder online with OCA: files of tutors reports, the assignment pdf files I sent to my tutor with every assignment, a pdf file with the links to the resubmissions of Assignments for the assessors to find them easier, Assignment 4 as pdf, initial and final photos of assignments
  • I will also email at the essay separately at the assessment team when the time comes for assessment

In assessment guidelines is mentioned that

“Prints of your revised ‘final’ submissions for assessment in response to tutor feedback

(submitted in hard copy)”

For this one I will select the following photos:

  • 1: photos in resubmission
  • 2: photos in resubmission
  • 3: photos in resubmission
  • 5: photos in resubmission (If my tutors agrees that they are stronger that the initial submission with the paintings)
  • 6: photos in initial submission (pending feedback from tutor)

My intention is to put them together in a photo book with each chapter for a different assignment. As I mentioned in the resubmission of As. 5, I just do not like the idea of loose prints (as I did in previous courses), and I hope that as a book it will be easier than loose prints and It will be easier and more joyful to look at them in the future.

In addition, in my physical submission, I plan to print a hard copy of the Essay and some guides for the assessor to where they can find everything in the online folders and in my blog.

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Transitions-13- Mirror Landscapes

My tutor in the report for As. 4 suggested that I should explore more the mirrors approach in the work for As. 6. I had to buy a new mirror as the one I had in the photos I took in Pamplona is somewhere in the Spanish Rubbish 😛 (among other things I could not take with me back to Greece). Also, the new mirror I bought, is around twice the size of the size of the previous one (I noticed while working with the smaller one that it might help if the mirror is slightly bigger).

My tutor suggested and I agree that the photos where the mirror is not so obvious is the ones which work better. Finally, we discussed with my tutor that as I am not in Pamplona any more is not possible to take the photos in the same location as the one I took all the previous photos for As. 6. This is not great but we cannot do something for that and it is better to explore this project than not doing it due to relocation.

The new area I took the photos is the seaside in Poseidi, Chalkidiki, Greece.

It was not so easy to start and find a point of view. But I think I really like the final result. I try to create as series of similar style photos.

The photos are bellow.

 

Transitions-12

As my tutor suggested in the previous report I tried to look a little closer and to unnoticed places. For me that was behind and below the benches. To be honest, I was a little surprised with some of the “stories” the rubbish were telling, especially in the unnoticed places. Another thing that I like is even not intentionally, the rubbish is telling a story also about the seasons change and how the time is passing, which is one of the things we should try to capture in this final assignment for the Landscape course. From the leaves we can tell that it is autumn. Also, sometimes the rubbish themselves telling the story of the time of the year we are. I mean in the summer there were more ice-cream related objects and in the winter we can find more objects like gloves and umbrellas (not yet in the park but I know from previous personal projects and observations). These photos were taken over two visits on the park. I have walked a couple more times but they were so many leaves around with so many destructions that it was not so easy to notice the rubbish.

Transitions-10: From Nothing to Something

In the previous report, my tutor suggested to post also in my blog how I am experimenting until I reach the final selected photos. I want in this post to share how most of the people will see an object- rubbish and how I will photograph it. It is my way of seeing the world around me. A photographic voice that is developed further during this course. Something I was not expecting when I started it.

Below you can see three examples of top views (most of passers-by will see) and then some more close up photos (this is how I visualise it when I pass by and then photographing it). I always like the feeling of the bokeh effect. This out of focus is not what we see around (unless we have problems with our eyes) it somehow separates the object- rubbish from the reality. It makes it special. From Nothing it becomes Something.

Transitions-9: expansion of the area

When I started the project, I only concentrated in the same place, taking photos under different conditions, every few days and during different times of the day. However, as the project evolves and after discussions with my tutor, I changed the type of the photos I am taking.

For this reason, I understood that I cannot limit myself in the initial small area (red area in image 1). I expand my area of taking photos to the blue area (image 1).But still I am in a really small area (red area image 2).

Images are from Google maps from Pamplona, Spain.

(this applies for images after Transition-5 post)

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Image 1
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Image 2