It was suggested that I look at Iain Sarjeant’s work The Pond. I think this should actually be The Pool and if that is so I wrote a blog in this Critical Research Journal in Week 4 of Sustainable Prospects entitled The Pool and finding ways of conveying my emotions to my audience https://wp.me/p9BvX0-ht I also spoke about and included images from Iain Sarjeant’s work. It was also suggested that I review the work of Crystel Lebas. Similarly, I had written an entry in my blog in Week 9 entitled Crystal Lebas – More inspiration for the presentation of my work https://wp.me/p9BvX0-ht
Rather than dwell on these irritations I decided to research some photographers recommended in my feedback that I had not previously considered. I started with “Robert Dench”. I searched endlessly to find a link. I found Peter French – an Irish landscape photographer that I don’t think was the intended research. Then Peter Dench who appeared to be largely recording images related to sport. Finally Robert French who is a portrait photographer. Whilst all of these links had some merit I am not sure any of them were the intended research for me.
The link in my feedback to Visit County Durham failed to open.
So, after a frustrating couple of hours I am no further forward and remain mystified as to whom it is I should be researching!
Ah! The tutor providing your feedback has made a rookie’s mistake. The mistake is not in giving you incorrect names or links or, indeed, evidence that he or she has not read your work. No, his or her mistake was giving you feedback which you could follow up. The trick is to sound confident, positive and to offer good, forward looking advice that could equally well apply to the billion or so camera-wielding folk who inhabit planet earth. I, for example, would encourage you to further enhance your very evident skills in critical reflection by taking more time to think through the direction and focus of your practice. You obviously excel in taking wonderful images – what you should now do is to craft more time into your busy schedule to meditate upon the multiple levels of meaning within those self-same images. You see nothing said of substance but entirely positive – that’s the sort of advice given by a canny prof of 45 years experience.