Landscape- Assignment 6- Transitions

For my representation of the idea of ‘transitions’ within the landscape, I chose to photograph “Maria’s tree” in Rugeley. This provided a very simple landscape which would allow me to easily take the images on separate intervals and be able to position myself in the correct place. The interval I chose was seasons. By choosing seasons, I was able to show how the tree’s environment is affected over the course of a year.

Following an experimental photography workshop, I struck on the idea of creating a planetoid of each seasonal image. I would then quarter each one and extracting one quarter from each, re-assemble them to create a single planetoid showing the transition of the environment with the tree as a constant. This circular design is ideal to represent the ongoing evolution of the tree’s environment. I was able to show that even though each season is separate, each one flows into the other.

From this assignment, I have learnt how to slowly build up a project while completing other tasks and projects and time management. Due to the nature of the assignment, I had to continually monitor the weather forecasts and judge when would be the best times to go and photograph the scene. Lastly, I learnt about the need for precision within Photoshop for example making sure that each image matched the others perfectly before creating the planetoids.

The challenges I faced were picking an ideal place to photograph, originally I chose the town park however I found this was too busy and decided against it as I felt that it would have been too hard to continually recreate on a monthly or seasonal basis.  The other issue was the weather, I had hoped to take a snowy photo for my winter image, however we had very little snow and it didn’t settle. The image I took was taken while it was lightly snowing.

Overall, I found this assignment to be a refreshing change from the others as it allowed me to think more carefully about my subject matter, how to present a series of similar images in a different way and working on long term photographic projects.


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Assignment 5 reworked

Following the comments from my tutor (as below), I have made some changes to my book which can be viewed below.


Unspoken Stafford Book

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Landscape- Assignment 5- Self Directed Project

It’s has taken awhile, but I have finally finished my 5th assignment.

I have attached the files for the PDF test book and evaluation

Exploring Stafford’s Edgelands Book 1

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Landscape- Exercise 5:7- Artist’s Statement

For the last exercise we were asked to pick a selection of artist’s statements to read and then to write our own, to be included with our 5th assignment.

The prospect of this seemed quite daunting, it is the first time I have had to do this and am aware of the importance of it when communicating the aims of my work, both current and future.


I had noticed when looking for examples, I was very difficult so in order to help future users I have included some of the statements I looked at as guidance

I also used the writing guide suggested within the exercise

For my statement, I decided to write something to cover all my work not just my project for assignment 5

My Artist Statement

My interest in photography started at the age of 4. I love to take photos of anything and everything. One of my earliest memories is going to a horse show and wanting to take the perfect shot of a horse splashing through the water. A lot of the shots from that day include the cordon rope but I got the shot I wanted and I guess at the time that was exactly how I saw the show. I was sharing my version of the world around me.

From as early as I can remember, I have always wanted to show the potential in the everyday. I have a fascination with the “behind the scenes”, the “off the beaten track”the overlooked, neglected and forgotten elements of life. In this day and age, we often suppress our natural urge to explore our surroundings or go somewhere for the sake of it. Younger children will never know the joy of “a drive”. The idea that you could go out in the car with no real purpose and see things you wouldn’t normally. Nowadays, sat-nav rules the car journey so we don’t have to get lost and figure out our way back.

With my work, I bring these things to the forefront and show the wonder of the everyday. I  share my inquisitive nature and hope that I can help others to explore their surroundings more.

For my “Exploring the Edgelands” project in particular, I took inspiration from Paul Farley and Michael Symmons Robert’s book “Edgelands- Journeys into England’s True Wilderness”. Their poetic and astute observations encouraged me to go out and explore these areas in my local town.


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Landscape- Exercise 5:6- Context and Meaning

This exercise was split into two parts.

The first asked us to think about how we would like to present our 5th assignment in an installation or exhibition. Although we are not expected to do this at level 2, it allows us to think about how our work can be “strengthened or expanded by their physical location”. In order to do this, we were asked to create a rough sketch to show scale, position and anything else we think could be incorporated.

Part 1

Gallery image and notes

As this is only an exercise, I thought about the more extreme ways I would imagine my work to be displayed. In the above image, you can see that the images have been displayed quite large and I have even put an image on the floor. The reasoning for this is because my self-directed project is about drawing attention to the edgelands and making people more aware of them. In a small space with large images, the viewer is “forced” to take notice of the images and feel emerged in the edgelands. I would have lighting above each image or order to give them each their own individual light, attention and focus.

Part 2

In the second part, we had to read John Walker’s essay “Context as a Determinant of Photographic Meaning” and note the key points.

Key points and notes

  • Although the essay was written over 30 years ago, a lot of what is being said is still relevant today. The essay gives a lot of food for thought and I have found it quite difficult to narrow down the key points without going off onto too much of a tangent
  • The context of an image can make a huge difference to how an image is viewed. The context can be architectural, within media, mental or social-historical.
  • By changing an images location, you can alter an image’s context and meaning, however this is not a dramatic transformation. It is usually the case that a different part or characteristic becomes more prominent. There is a further shift in context and meaning when text, other images or a display is added to an image as well.
  • originally images were created for specific areas (ceilings for example) but over time this has been lost and nowadays images can be seen simultaneously throughout the world and through different media outlets. This creates a media context which is far more ambiguous and leads onto the cultural context.
  • Walker then explores an images circulation and currency. He makes an interesting point about an image’s meaning being determined or influenced by its point of origin and how a photo’s meaning can change as it moves through its life time i.e. it could first appear in a gallery, then 10 years later appear in a textbook as an example of something etc.
  • The key point I noted within the “Jo Spence” was how a space can alter an image and an image can alter a space.
  • Walker then moved onto mental context and the “beholders share”. This was a section that really interested me as it just scratches the surface of the idea of individualism and how individual we actually are.
    • when we go to view an image, we cannot help but be influenced by the little voices in our head. These voices consist of memories, knowledge, prejudices, opinions, experiences etc
    • other things that can affect the way we see and interpret images are our social class, gender, age, education, nationality, political views, parentage, race, religious views (the list goes on)
    • we cannot say for sure, without much discussion, exactly what goes through a person’s mind when they view an image, however we can make assumptions based of things we have in common such as languages and social groups.
    • With the barrage of images we see on a daily basis (more so now then when this was originally written) there is no way to judge the impact of a single image on society unless it is so radical and shocking or in times of revolution when the social context can change dramatically
    • An artist can try to create “favourable and appropriate conditions” (deciding how work is to be displayed/presented, sizes, limiting access etc) for their work but more often than not, context and meaning is out of their control.
  • The ambiguity and complexity of an image also gives rise to variations in interpretations.
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Landscape- Exercise 5:5- Create a Slideshow

I found this exercise quite challenging as I wasn’t able to find very many programs that I could download for free or for a trial without entering payment details.

In the end, I chose to use Apple’s iMovie which is a free app. However, by using this I didn’t have as much flexibility as I would with other programs. The set up is generally quite basic.

A slideshow is not really something I had considered for my 5th assignment and I can see its potential for later projects. However, at the moment I have my heart set on a photobook.

I have included the slideshow I have created, using a few of the images my tutor selected as my strongest ones. Overall, I found the creating element quite fun as I was able to pick up photos and move them around etc. The hardest part, though, was choosing the accompanying music. As I have not thought of presenting my work in this format, I had no idea what sort of music would work.

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Landscape- Exercise 5:4- Online Exhibitions

For this exercise, we were asked to read the article “Online Exhibitions” on the We Are OCA website and watch “Looking at the Land” by Andy Adams. We then had to make any notes or comments we had on the piece.

Online Exhibitions

Thoughts after watching

After reading the article and then watching the “exhibition”, I noted a number of things that I have listed below

  • By viewing the exhibition online, the viewer is ‘forced’ to look at images they might otherwise miss or dismiss. This therefore allows the viewer the opportunity to see the whole exhibition and gives them a better understanding of why the images have been chosen and their overall contribution.
  • Unlike others who have watched this, I feel that Adams should have used some music if only something quite light such as piano music. this could help the viewer to relax into what they are seeing and add to the intimate feel of watching an exhibition in this way.
  • Further to my point about it being intimate, I felt when watching it had been created just for me, I could watch it how I wanted and when I wanted. This added to my interest
  • I liked how Adams kept the layout simple so the view was fixed in one position but there was also the photographers name, the title of the piece, the date etc like there would be in a gallery for those who wish to see it. The pace between images was also appropriate as it allowed just the right amount of time to view each image.
  • Lastly I liked how each image was shown as equal to each other. Quite often in galleries the images are different sizes and the larger ones attract the most attention. By keeping them all the same size, it allows the viewer to decide of their own favourites. They are also all given the same viewing time.


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