Sustainable prospects week 1 project development
In June 2019 I started my MA with Falmouth university as part of an accredited education programme with Falmouth university.
Over the break I decided to reread the entire module , including the weekly reading assignments. This was a HUGE task as I was really busy with work, and actually probably not a very wise idea, but I am SO GLAD that I did decide to do it. It is like rereading your favourite book, no matter how many times you do it, you always find something new, and unexpected, and through life experiences you always experience things in new ways.
I was really busy last module with work and my children’s exams so this is why I decided to reread everything, I wanted to be absolutely certain everything had gone in, and not just that I had read it and not retained the information. It was a great exercise and one I will certainly keep up with, as the other benefit is I understood everything so much more the second time round because of the learning that had been done and experienced throughout the module.
This week I had my first webinar with my online tutor for this module Laura Hynd . We did a recap of my research project and what I had done so far on the MA, and also what I was planning on doing this module. It was great to get someone else’s view on the project, and just hearing all these different viewpoints is really illuminating. We discussed the issue I was presented with last module, of how to explain photographically the learning happening in images that can look like play. Laura thought it was a good idea to come up with an almost a check list of images I would like to capture during the photoshoots, not that it isn’t alterable , or has to be stuck to rigidly but just so that it means I have a bit of a format that I am working too. I really liked this idea as it means that I will be addressing the ‘looks like playing’ issue as well. We also discussed the use of titles, quotes, or text accompanying my photographs, and the potential of using learning outcomes alongside the photographs. This is something I will continue thinking about as I definitely don’t want to be promoting the idea that the national curriculum is how we should all be learning, as that goes against the very core of certainly my beliefs as a home educator, but also many others as well. There are also many people who do believe this, and this project has always been about showing all ways are valid . So whilst I do really like the idea, and it very much reminds me of Mary Kelly and the Post-partum document way of almost using scientific terminology as a base or reference for your work, it just needs lots more thought on how I could do that without it appearing that I am saying the national curriculum is the way.
I haven’t been shooting at all this week, or over the break between modules as my paid work took over for quite a while, as did the reading, and also the face to face trip to Arles , which I will do a separate write up for as it was so informative, and really made me much more aware of what I want to achieve photographically within the MA and with this project.