Assignment 3 – self assesment

Assignment 3 – Self assesment

Looking at the end result of my third assignment submission, I summarise in the following table some personal notes in relation with the course’s assessment criteria:

Assessment criteria Personal views
Demonstration of technical and visual skills In general I believe the final selection of photographs demonstrate reasonable levels of competency in terms of framing and composition. The challenge that I was facing was to compose the photographs in a way that could create interest, and this was not always easy given that I was departing from the canons of street photography. Where possible, I tried to anchor the frames in something that was unusual or which stood out, but the effect of this is not as strong in some of the prints.

I am generally pleased with the physical outcome of the prints. I feel the materials used were the best I had available and that I have had given due consideration not only to the prints but also to their presentation. The mounting equipment I have access to is not of professional grade and inevitably, the hand-cutting of the frames may in some places be below the standards usually seen in galleries. I have tried as much as possible to mitigate this, but I recognise it may be a shortcoming

Quality of outcome I feel generally satisfied with the connection between the final prints and the ideas that I set out to convey. When I started this assignment, I was not entirely clear about what the final concept was going to be, but this evolved after the first shootouts and consequently, the latter sessions were more productive in that respect. In the final selection, I was constrained by my desire to present a variety of subjects, all linked by the common denominator of human activity without its presence, and this resulted in difficult decisions because some subjects were underrepresented, which limited choice and may have impacted the strength and coherence of the series as a whole.
Demostration of creativity The ideas I set to convey are not, of course, entirely original, but they represent a significant departure from my usual way of shooting and the linking of these ideas to the concept of the decisive moment is perhaps slightly unusual and most likely a bit of a creative risk on my side, but the execution of the ideas themselves was straightforward. The main challenge that I faced was not technical but logistical: I wanted in as much as possible to take these pictures in normal daylight hours and without resorting to special shutter or post-processing tricks to make people disappear. In that respect, I tried various approaches, some of which were more effective than others: sessions at odd lunch hours during work days (thus minimising people on the streets); sessions early on Sundays or at any time during the weekend in the financial districts of London; scouting places and areas of the city which are central but not popular with tourists.
Context The research process for this assignment was shorter than what I undertook in previous parts of the course and was narrower in scope, being primarily limited to the aesthetics of Henri Cartier-Bresson and critical analysis around it. I feel that for the ideas that I developed the research I did was just sufficient to complete a satisfactory submission; but because of the limited scope of my research, I suspect that some of the concepts for this assignment are bound to shift in the future as I deepen my knowledge on the subject matter.