As part of my preparation for the Critique I reviewed my previous images on the Reeds of Loch Cill Chriosd this time in colour. I had also briefly tried out the ICM on the reeds before leaving Skye a few weeks ago.
I returned to Skye a couple of days ago but had already received feedback from my tutor for Informing Contexts that he was not keen on my seascapes work. He felt the intentional camera movement (ICM) had been done before. I, on the other hand felt, that it did have some merit in terms of revealing the essence of Skye, through moving the camera to mimic the topology of the scene I was photographing. For me, ICM is something seen a lot in camera clubs but I had some intent for using this method which I thought was a valid exploration.
For the Critique I have produced three contact sheets:
- The Reeds of Loch Cill Chriosd revisited
- Continuing with seascapes with more significant movement in camera
- New images on Loch Cill Chriosd completed today and rather than using ICM I allowed the reeds to do the moving with slow shutters speeds.
Here are the full twenty images that I chose to include in the contact sheet above all based on an hour’s shoot. These images are more abstract than most of my previous work and of course, are in colour. There are a number I feel really capture the essence and spirit of the Loch and I love the variation in colours and textures. I think that I could easily write words to accompany my work.
I feel I have something to work with here and plan to take further trips around the Loch to capture more of this abstract work. However, I will need to listen carefully to the feedback tonight. I will add the comments I receive to this post tomorrow.
Feedback from Critique session
I was disappointed with the feedback on my work to date on my Final Major Project, although it was a difficult session as the technology let us down, and I was not able to show my third contact sheet above, which was the most important in terms of showing the development of my work. Basically, the message was I need to experiment more. I should leave the reeds behind and focus on taking photographs through my window in the rain and the abstract work demonstrated in Image 3 above. I should purchase a sheet of glass to take with me on my photo shoots or use filters.
I was also discouraged from producing a book which was included in my Project Proposal, or at least take a hand-made approach and make about 30 copies. On the other hand, I was encouraged to do an Exhibition which I had previously been discouraged from doing. And finally, look at other work – not just photography.
As always I would be very grateful for feedback from my readers.
Love the reeds slow shutter speed, especially 18 and 19. ICM – if its been done before it’s still not a reason for not doing it – if you don’t try it you don’t know how to and you don’t find out what the effects are.
Thanks John. Unfortunately my tutor was not impressed so back to the drawing board!