Reflections on Part 5 of the Course

I found this part of the course frustrating and fascinating in equal measure. Frustrating in trying to get to grips with those elements that were completely new to me (assigning colour and printer profiles for example) as the technology always seemed to beat me – I was sure I had added the profiles correctly, but they never appeared exactly where they were supposed to be! Nevertheless I persevered and I think that I have now conquered it. I must admit that this has now improved my home printing – previously I simple left ‘printer control colours’ checked and then cursed that it didn’t look much like the image on my (regularly calibrated!) monitor.

I thought the creation of the photobook was a good exercise, although it didn’t really work for my subject (at least not in the way that I originally tried it). I loved creating the slideshow, I learned how to put a bit of a story together, slide transitions and accompanying music (from free music archive!). I really enjoyed that aspect of the course (once I had overcome the original difficulty of learning to use the software).

I am fairly pleased with the set of prints I produced for the Assignment – it was good to reference work I had undertaken in a previous History of Art module when planning the images. I find that I am referring more and more to art history when planning my projects. One of the comments that my tutor made on my last assignment was that I could “Develop and articulate own ideas within a critical framework” and “Explore areas of personal interest for future work”. I think that I have made some progress in these areas in this assignment.

I think that I have adopted quite a creative approach to the Assignment and that the final images are technically competent – with what I have learned about profiling I should be able to produce some reasonable inkjet prints.

I enjoyed researching the context for this assignment as I looked into the methods that made the work of the Norwich School painters such an innovation at the time and it was good to think how I might be able to reference this in the context of contemporary photography.

Glen Jamieson produced ‘Shortcut To A Picturesque (after John Crome the elder)’ references Crome’s work and takes as its starting point a flyover and concrete shopping centre, the construction of which entailed the demolition of John Crome’s original house). In a series of photographs and text explores from a high vantage point the people in the area. Watts in Bottinelli (2013 p65) considers that Jamieson’s work “implies that today to work in the Norwich School tradition is not to aspire to scenes of pre-enclosure arcadia mettled by the effects of weather. It is to pick over ruins”.

I don’t think that my work ‘picks over ruins’ but then I don’t agree that this is the only way in which one can work today in the Norwich School tradition. I think that my work has continued the tradition by ignoring the picture postcard scenes to portray Norwich the way it is today, just as Norwich School painters did in their day.


REFERENCES

Bottinelli, G. (ed.) (2013) A Vision of England: Paintings of the Norwich School. Norwich: Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery.
Shortcut to a picturesque – after John Crome – Glen Jamieson (s.d.) At: https://cargocollective.com/glenjamieson/Shortcut-to-a-picturesque-after-John-Crome (Accessed on 16 September 2018)