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