Beginning thoughts 2 : I feel I’ve properly started now

I talked with my new tutor yesterday and so I feel as if I’m properly started on People and Place.  I had a letter from OCA this morning as well reminding me of submission dates for the July assessment.  I have to make sure that I’ve got everything ready to send off my work on The Art of Photography course to arrive by 15th June latest. The phase-over from one course to another has definitely begun!

I’ve decided to put my paper log together in a different way for People & Place as well. The A5 notebook from OCA is a nice thought and I know lots of students use it but it’s too small for my scrawly writing and the bits and pieces I collect. I bought a larger A4 book for AOP instead  but it’s too big to carry around with me so I ended up doing what I always did, which is to carry sheets of paper around with me that I can fold up into my bag, or have tiny notebooks to use similarly. This means I’ve spent quite a lot of time with glue sticking bits of paper, including exercise notes, onto the sheets in the A4 book. This time round I’m using a ring-binder so that I can insert any paper I use in chronological order.  At the end of People & Place I can bind it nicely into something else.

Something else I’ve done is to make enquiries about a studio/portrait lighting course because I know that artificial lighting is my bete noire even though I now have various types of lights (which I don’t use!). I’ll always prefer natural light but interesting effects can be gained with flash etc particularly for portraits.

I’ve now officially ‘retired’ from my work as an NVQ Assessor and so I’ve cleared some books from my shelves to make room for more.  Yes – I’ve definitely started on People & Place.

2nd May 2012


Beginning ‘People and Place’

The materials for People and Place have arrived, all wrapped up in that nice red tissue paper.  It’s a much thinner Workbook as well.   Even so,  I don’t feel ready to start. I don’t know how people manage to do two Modules at the same time.  I used to be good at multi-tasking but that ability seems to have deserted me during the past 15 months since I started Art of Photography.  I’ve spent longer than I’d thought I would working on the last Assignment of Art of Photography and it’s been a challenging time for me.  Should I stay safe and submit something more traditional or go out on a limb and do something entirely different.  I still haven’t made up my mind even though I keep telling myself that it’ll be okay whatever I do because the grade I get on formal assessment won’t be taken into account in the degree. Somehow I need to break that force field of indecision which is keeping me stuck which is why I’ve applied for P&P before I’ve finished with AOP.

I have a different tutor and need to send my Profile to him.  I also have this new Blog but still need to keep the AOP  one going until I’ve completed that Module and had my final Assignment assessed and received results of the formal Assessment which won’t be until September I should think. I’m going to have to re-learn how to do two things at the same time. It’s going to be hard to let go of AOP but I need to move on.

This is my first blog post here and it’s an opportunity to try a different theme from the previous one so I’m going to be playing around with it for a while.

3rd April 2012