Week 1 – Reflection on PHO703

PHO704 Week 1

PHO703 Notes of Improvement

With the beginning of a new module it’s time to review the notes from last module, where I can develop my project further and reflect on key items I’d like to focus on improving in this module.


  • Continue experimentation with images
  • Explore areas talked about in oral presentation
  • Be aware of traps. For instance, trying to ‘trick’ for the viewer’s possible experience which is a potential Pandora’s box in discussions of ‘spectacle’ which my work is erring toward.
  • Consider the role of knowledge in the work and what that could do for the subject.
  • Make the most of opportunities to speak to tutors and the module leader in order to experiment with ways of talking about the work

LO1 Technical and Visual Skills:

  • Avoid being repetitive with the images
  • Look at using video for next module
  • Refine the theme or even the place documented in order to push your skillset

LO2 Visual Communication and Decision-Making:

  • Expand the strategy to reflect aspects of the water and perhaps get more scientific about it in the process. – Sample of the water
  • Add some clarity to my approach of my subject and avoid repetition in the portfolio
  • Could add a narrative if it fits with my thinking about the water.
  • Think about how the presentation communicates with my work, is scrolling down intentional or not considering that the images appeared to avoid a specific flow.

LO3 Critical Contextualization of Practice:

  • Work on the critical contextualization of my work by making further research on contemporary photographic practice and identify the frameworks you intend to use.
  • Look at Hiroshi Sugimoto, Alec Soth, Risaku Suzuki and Andreas Muller-Pohle
  • Alec Soth using waterfalls as a great metaphor for love
  • Suzuki and Pohle in terms of your relationship to the landscape.
  • What is my position as a photographer to rebuild the connection in between human and nature and how are your photographs different than the actual water to make that connection?
  • The use of time as a framework to discuss water, how does it relate to my photography.
  • Don’t fall into the danger of making a didactic work by posing questions about the subject
  • Look at Estelle Jussim’s essays about landscape photography in the late 80s.

LO4 Professional Location of Practice:

  • Avoid being tied to the idea of scale, big prints do not necessarily create big effects.
  • Work further on the statement and visual narrative of the work before looking at scale.
  • Use of sound needs further contextualization before a decision is made

LO5 Critical Analysis:

  • Work is not yet able to form critical opinions about the issue of peace and spirituality in water.
  • Presentation could have been more objective towards the work itself.
  • Question your relation to water and the “power of nature”.
  • It might be helpful moving forward to explore what is pushing you away from modern life.
  • There must be a story either in the process (or ritual?), the places you are visiting, or the memories you have.

LO6 Written and Oral Communication Skills:

  • Future presentations will benefit from a more critical and less persuasive tone.
  • Assume that your audience doesn’t understand the problems you are exploring but don’t think them naïve as to not be able to work it out.


Points of focus for this module

Main focus of this module is to improve on myself, to be able to clearly and in detail, explain my project to myself and others.

How my final images or videos benefit from being displayed individually, as a set or with something else added to them.

Where my images or videos benefit from being, either exhibition, online or elsewhere.

Sort out a timetable for this module to photograph and do anything else MA related.

How will I develop my research project further. – video and audio (immersion).

Work on Oral Presentation skills

Consider the role of knowledge in my work and what that could mean for the subject

Refine the visual theme


Ending Result of PHO704

On completion of this module, to be able to demonstrate detailed knowledge of the diversity of professional contexts in which photography operates, and to identify professional clients for the consumption of your practice.

Increase your understanding of the roles and responsibilities associated with professional photographic practice. How others can play a major part in progressing and sustaining your professional practice.

Continue to develop your research project, and consider critically the relationship between your practice and the contexts and audiences with which you intend to engage.

Encouraged to undertake commissions and work placements during this module, and to devise and/or engage in photography and visual arts initiatives relevant to your practice that may contribute to your overall professional development and understanding of working within the creative industries.

What I’ve been doing – planning

Video and Audio – Reading the review of my last module I’m certain to pursue a presentation of a video with high quality audio, to create a sense of immersion into this world. I will create a video story that shows the immersion into this world, the unique qualities it hides and the effect it has on the mental state. Looking at past videos I’ve created, my exploration of wind features no music just raw nature and provides chilling detail of the softness and harshness of the invisible force. Showing the passion I put into that video in this new video is key and I will feel accomplished.

What could knowledge do for the project? There are scientific lanes that I could follow with this project, Mandy Barker fights marine pollution with text and images but that is not such a large issue in this isolated location thankfully. There are multiple river charities that could have more information about issues with rivers. I think this will develop with more research and contact with these charities but this is a lane I could follow.

Research methods

Looking at other photographers is my main research method, finding their passion for what they create is a key point as their language can give many hints to unveil their love for that subject. Also looking at their photos reveals many different styles, some which are relevant to certain subjects but also to aid in the creation of a different style. I’ve been creating case studies of individual photographers, this allows me to select information and photos I feel relevant to myself. I think this is a more efficient way when storing research data that needs to be accessed quickly.


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