Last week I had my final Google hangout with my tutor. We talked about the unit, finalized a few points that needed changing before handing in my work to be assessed and plans for the future. I look back on an interesting module and really helpful guidance from my tutor. Thanks again Russell!
So here is a short summary of our conversation, written in the official tutor report. Russell’s writing is in cursive.
Based upon the previous feedback, you have reworked and developed your assignments very well; they retain your original objectives and visual ideas, whilst incorporating new layout and editing suggestions. Your learning log presentation is ideal, it is very logical in its layout and narrative. Assignment five has been reworked to a very good standard, the layout of the book is very good; it’s overall flow works, where there is a good balance of text. There are just a couple of technical glitches, which may be a result of the InDesign export; just ensure these are addressed before you commit to print.
I have changed the glitches and had the book printed. The book has the same texture and feel as a notebook. I think it works well, although one some spreads you miss the central part of the image, so that it looses impact of the photograph. When I submit the work for assessment, I will instruct the assessors to both look at the book in print and online.
As discussed, there are just a few areas to add and consider for your formal presentation; just to reiterate the two technical glitches with your reworked assignment five:
• Page 4/22 – The edges of the bottom Polaroid have been cropped
• Page 15/22 – The left-hand image is pixelated
As you have already printed your images for the assessment, be sure to explain in the conclusion, your choices for each paper stock. This is just to evidence your understanding of the technical considerations when printing and how different papers can guide and alter the reading.
Yes, still need to write a blog on that. I am happy with the quality of the paper and the choices of different types. They have a very striking effect on the photograph.
With the physical submission, be sure to clearly separate each assignment and include a layout/presentation guide for the loose prints. This is to ensure that any narratives/couplings are seen as you intend. This is simply done by printing a cover sheet, which contains sizable thumbnails of the images in either a linear or grid format; then the assessor can use this as a guide for laying out your work.
For Assignment 04, the critical essay, get this produced to a high standard that reflects the overall quality of your other printed work. Use a clean and legible font, keep it doubled spaced and get it comb bound.
Have done that, I think it will be clear for the assessors to look through the different assignments.
Learning Logs and or blogs:
Your learning log continues to grow very well; it evidences not just your OCA work, but also your external photographic endeavours, which are engaging and supportive of the overall reportage theme of this unit. The post ‘In the Meantime’ is engaging and professional; this type of commission is really good, which could lead to further such educational/promotional investigations. There are some good portraits emerging from this set, in particular the little boy on the steps tying his shoe and the interaction between the doctor and the child; well done.
Regarding this commissioned work, be sure to get copies of any leaflets, magazines etc. where the work has been printed; this then provides evidence to prospective clients/commissioning bodies of what you have done. With websites, it would be good to take screen grabs, as over time, sites may be erased; for example, your images being used in the BBC report.
I like this idea! Will do that and add it to my portfolio.
A final entry to add to your learning log, would be an overall conclusion of the unit; when we spoke, you mentioned how you have seen your work develop, this is great, as self-reflection is a key component in this course. The entry does not have to be long; however, it would be good to include some of the terminology used in the grade criteria as a means of measurement.
I saw this work a while back via Kickstarter; it has earnt some very good publicity, where its mix of pictures and text, which are from Instagram comments have made it quite successful. Please see, ‘Everyday Africa’:
Thanks, I’ll check it out!