I was pleased with my marks and the positive feedback I received when the results were announced for Informing Contexts. I enjoyed the module and was very grateful for the very positive engagement with my tutor and the Course Leader. I particularly enjoyed the Friday Club where we were able to listen to extra lectures or talk about concepts and ideas that interested us.

All the feedback was positive but there was a thread running through the comments in terms of how I move forward with my practice:

  • Your submission reflects a good command of your technical skills and your choice of format is successful in the sense of control and containment.
  • There is good control in your technique, but it would be good, moving forwards, to see more experimentation and the pushing of boundaries within your practice. So, take risks, both conceptually and practically. 
  • There has been good evidence of critical context within your work, using critical theory, as well as practitioner research, to drive your practice forwards. 
  • You now need to take even more control of the construction of your practice and this is certainly helped by a feeling of empirical research here that derives from your knowledge of actual practice. . . The will introduce you to other means of interpretation that could allow and develop completely new situations for you, that you have not envisaged before.

For me, there is a theme running through the feedback indicated in bold. I need to take more risks, extend further the experimentation in my practice in Informing Contexts, and be prepared to be surprised where this experimentation might take my practice and the output opportunities it might present for my work. I need to lighten up and be less controlling in my practice and more open and flexible in my approach. I need to make lots of new work using different techniques, processes, subjects and approaches.

 In addition, when talking to my tutor, he suggested that I expand the context in which I see my photographic practice to painting and film. I agree with this suggestion that maybe my current contextual arena is limited and I need to spend more time in galleries and exhibitions of all kinds as part of my Final Major Project contextual research.

I am hugely positive about how my practice has developed during Informing Contexts and look forward to experimenting further in the Final Major Project.

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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