Our reading, viewing, coursework and webinar this week has generated a lot of reflection on my current practice of making images. Over the past ten years I have largely taken wildlife photographs across the world. I always go with a statement of intent for my trip, a list of possible mini portfolios and an image list that I consciously tick off as I get the shots. However, wildlife is not like that, so it may take me a number of visits to the same location before I am successful. In this genre you inevitably also get shots you were not expecting or planning for! So, whilst I feel I do a lot of preparation and thinking behind the set of images I am aiming for, I am not sure that I take an interdisciplinary view in terms of explicitly identifying the disciplines that might intersect in my work, nor do I think a great deal about these when taking an individual image.
In order to analyse my current practice I considered for the webinar two sets of three images – one trio of my traditional wildlife work of a cheetah kill in Kenya and the second a series of black and white images taken at Niagara Falls, Canada. In order to help me in my analysis I did a mini mind map to help my thinking in terms of the disciplines that were relevant.
“The Kill”, Masai Mara, Kenya
My mind map shows my analysis of the disciplines that are relevant and intersect in these images.
“Niagara Falls”, Canada
These images have a number of disciplines intersecting to form the overall narrative.
My Project Development Blog this week features an assessment of the potential disciplines that I might refer to in formulating my approach to The Road to Elgol.