My meeting with my first supervisor had three agenda items:

  1. The pros and cons of a medium-format camera
  2. The images from Period 6 of photographic practice
  3. Plans for period until my next supervision meeting on 17 November

We had discussed some of the pros and cons of moving to a medium-format camera on e-mail but it was good to talk it through, although no conclusions were reached.  My reasons for considering the use of a medium-format camera were the potential size of printed images, and the increased luminosity and depth I might achieve, especially in multiple exposure images.  I remain unsure, not least because I am not convinced that any of these potential strengths will surpass the images I currently produce on my Nikon Z7.

I had produced a large number of images since our last meeting and written a daily blog about the conditions, technical choices and results achieved.  My supervisor chose to discuss the images from Days 1, 4, 7 and 10.

Day 1 – while as single images they might be successful, my supervisor suggested that a panel of images, featuring the single lily leaf might, might be successful.

Metaphor 1 – Alison Price, October 2021

Metaphor 2 – Alison Price, October 2021

Metaphor 5 – Alison Price, October 2021

Day 4 – the Alice in Wonderland day of super-saturated images featuring reflections of objects rather than a clear and full rendition of the object itself, had an impact on my supervisor, but she felt some were too busy and over-powering.  These comments chime with my own thoughts.

Metaphor 20 – Alison Price, October 2021

But, others such as the following worked because of the darkness in between the real object and its reflection.

Metaphor 21 – Alison Price, October 2021

Metaphor 23 – Alison Price, October 2021

Metaphor 24 – Alison Price, October 2021

Metaphor 25 – Alison Price, October 2021

Day 7 – My supervisor also felt that some of the study of a tree images, taken in appalling weather, were worthy of merit including those where the multiple exposure produced a mystical effect in the mountains beyond.

Metaphor 39 – Alison Price, October 2021

Metaphor 40 – Alison Price, October 2021

She suggested that further studies of the tree in different weather conditions, light and seasons would produce an interesting body of images.

Day 10 – And finally, she commended the work done on the final day of Practice 6.  Comments appear in the caption line:

Metaphor 67 – Alison Price, October 2021 – crop slither off the top of the reeds

Metaphor 68 – Alison Price, October 2021 – good depth of field

Metaphor 69 – Alison Price, October 2021 – very strong – take slither off left and bottom

Metaphor 70 – Alison Price, October 2021 – more abstracted image – try in different light conditions

Metaphor 71 – Alison Price, October 2021

Metaphor 72 – Alison Price, October 2021 – good framing

Metaphor 73 – Alison Price, October 2021 – very strong

Metaphor 75 – Alison Price, October 2021 – likes more abstract – needs a contrast boost

Metaphor 76 – Alison Price, October 2021 – very strong image

I outlined my plans for the period until my next supervision meeting, that will be held face to face for the first time in mid-November.  Lots of reading, consideration of upgrade comments about possibilising and essentialising and development of my philosophical position moving forward.  I plan to write a response to these comments.

Alison Price

Alison Price

My name is Alison Price and for the past ten years I have travelled the world photographing wildlife, including Alaska, Antarctica, Borneo, Botswana, the Canadian Arctic, Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
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