Working on this project, both the independent and collaborative elements, has been really enjoyable as well as a big learning curve for me. As well as gaining confidence, I have learnt so much about the technical side of things, curating an exhibition and keeping organised. There were a few things about this project which didn’t go so well, but I have learnt from them and I believe this will only benefit me further in the years to come in future projects.
In terms of my individual practice, I am really proud of the imagery I produced for this project. To me, it is some of my strongest yet. That isn’t because its technically ‘perfect’ or what most would deem as ‘beautiful’ but because it is personal to me and tells a story, something which I really want to do in my work. It doesn’t just speak to me, but enlightens the audience. I used a full frame nikon dslr, which was different for me as I usually stick to using my Sony. The Nikon I used was the D610 and the lens I used was a Sigma 30mm f1.4. It was good for me to try out a different piece of equipment and I love outcome of the images.
However, I feel as though this project is not finished yet. In the future I would like to continue with this and find a wider range of subjects, younger people, children, people from all different walks of life within the city. I think this would benefit my project by giving further insight to the people of Plymouth.
Exhibition/ Symposium – PLY.MERGE/ PLYMERSION.
One of my favourite parts of this project, was working as a team with my cohort to create an exhibition and plan/ put on a symposium event which I think we should all be proud of. I am glad that I had the confidence to make a big contribution as I learnt a lot doing this. From simply how to paint effectively and use tools such an hammers, to communicating with team members and outside sources. Whenever I had finished a task, I would always discuss what else needed doing with the rest of the team so that nothing was left un done and no one had a big task to do alone. I volunteered to go to a hardware shop to source extra fixtures of hanging out images, came in early on a number of days to assist with setting up and took on extra tasks where possible.
The only comment I would say about the event is that some people weren’t working well as a team as they were either not consulting with the group when they made changed which would effect everyone, or absent from the contribution (this was both physically and in terms of being there but not helping). I tried not to let this effect the whole groups productivity though, and this just taught me how to take on extra responsibilities spontaneously and to not get stressed about that.