It was reassuring to have a catch up with my first supervisor before she leaves for her holiday and then some residency work. It was a chance for me to update her on progress towards submitting the First Draft of my PhD thesis on 1 August. I noted a few general points to bear in mind when reading my draft and updated her on plans for my Final Year:
- I informed her that there is a lot of repetition in my thesis, but I did not feel at this stage I could make a good decision about the best position for some sections.
- I explained that I intend to rewrite, enhance, develop and restructure the thesis as appropriate following comments from both supervisors, that I will receive at our meeting scheduled on 13 September.
- I planned to do an intensive period of practice extending over nine months, working on gaps identified through writing my draft, developing ideas from my research, and making connections between practice and research.
- I have a significant piece of work to do, in due course, to choose the images for my thesis, which best exemplify the points I am trying to make and provide the evidence to support my words.
- I noted that I would continue to write in my blog after each practice day and seek to improve the criticality in my reflections.
- I confirmed that I have identified a Bookbinder to produce my handmade book, a printer to produce my images and a Copyeditor to review my thesis. I have also arranged to visit the Artists’ Book Collection in Dundee in September.
Now head down for the final push to hand in . . .
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.