On Friday I had a portfolio interview with Brett Rogers , Director of the photographers Gallery : London.

This is the portfolio that I sent on to Brett earlier in the week.

 This portfolio review was a really good and sharp learning curve for me, and for my practice. I was booked into an event at the photographers gallery, and when registering I saw they were offering online portfolio reviews for photographers, so I booked into one. I had expected it to be with someone working at The photographer’s gallery. I didn’t really think about it, I just wanted to get another persons opinions on my project. Never did I think for a second it would be with the director of TPG . I received an email on the Monday saying I hadn’t replied to them asking for my contact details, and it turns out I hadn’t received an earlier email. I was given 48 hours to supply for this portfolo a Skype address and an online portfolio. I had neither set up. So I quickly registered for Skype, and sent that over apologising and saying I would do the portfolio and send within 24 hours. That night I spent about 15 minutes putting together a portfolio on pixiset. I didn’t curate the images at all. I chose which ones I wanted and uploaded them. I didn’t resize them, or reorder them, all I did was upload. I had two pieces of advice that I followed. One was from Sarah , which was to remove the image that I used for the main header image from the main body of the portfolio so it wasn’t repeated. The second was from Amy & Ilya who said that I should add the image of Osaka’s hand written note from last module. I also decided the night before to add the last 5 images, even though I already had 30 images in the portfolio and know we are told not to put too many in portfolios. The other thing I did was I included no text whatsoever with the portfolio. Michelle advised me to add in some of my quotes and text from last module, as she felt I needed the stories in there. However, I made the decision to not do that, as I thought if I don’t write it , I have to discuss it, it’s more engaging, and a way of showing my passion, knowledge and connection. In addition, I did not include an artist statement. I have to say, this was not planned, it was purely because TPG didn’t ask for one, so I naively didn’t think to include on, unbelievably ! 

The portfolio review went amazingly, I could not of wished for more for a portfolio review. The only thing that could of made it better would of been if Brett had offered to give me an exhibition at TPG next year:)Because of the nature of the portfolio review, I don’t feel it would be appropriate to write out everything we discussed, but my main take aways from the review were -

  1. Putting an obscurantic title with the work ‘ ‘A Heuristic Study’ { The Heutagogical Home) ‘ was both a blessing and something that piqued an interest on this particular occasion. You have to google it to find out what it means, as it isn’t a common word that people know the definition of, even within the educational world. For this portfolio review that was a good thing, and intriguing, but I understand it could quite easily of gone the other way.
  2. I didn’t include a statement of intent. This was bought up, but not as a good or bad thing. Just that it meant that I had to explain the images and the project and what it was about, which is what I had intended
  3. The necessity to get my project out within the next 12 months because of how relevant it is right now with everyone home schooling because of lockdown, and how it will of made people consider education in a way that they have never had to do before. Brett suggested the name of a photo editor who she thought would be interested in the work.
  4. It was also suggested that I contact Martin Parr about doing an artist talk at The Martin Parr foundation.
  5. Brett was very enthusiastic about the idea of my interactive immersive exhibition where photographs of a forest school would be displayed inside a set design of a forest, photographs of a family working at home would be displayed inside the set design of a family kitchen for example.
  6. A book would be the idea presentation for my whole project on alternative education, and it should include some text, but personal accounts, not academic text. Brett really liked my idea of using the personal accounts and interviews I have done with families as text within the book . However I should not 
  7. The project idea of photographing the children who weren’t able to get GCSE’s and A-LEVELS and families who were not home educating before lockdown and now are was really good for the guardian etc
  8. I was especially happy that Brett thought I shouldn’t put my work all into one book, that it should be put into a set of books instead. We discussed my thoughts on Laia Abril’s way of presenting her ‘Chapters’ for ‘A history of Misogyny’  and that that’s how I see it in my head, which she was very enthusiastic about.
  9. We discussed the ‘chapters’ being 1, my own family / 2, The different approaches to home educating / 3, The alternative schools
  10. No-one has done anything like what I am doing.
  11.  The joy and the freedom that the children feel and experience has been captured really well within my projects. 
  12. I am going to send Brett my zine project from this module.
  13. The below image was on of Brett’s favourites. BRETT ROGERS PORTFOLIO REVIEW 28.06.2020






Graham, Rebecca. PIXISET. A Heuristic Study ( The Heutagogical Home) . Available at (Accessed 28.06.2020)


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