Monday, 26 January 2015

Stage 1 - Unit 6-1:1 Analysing the requirements and parameters of a 3D problem.

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Making sense of assignment briefs is an important aspect of working as a photographer. Assignment briefs, their requirements and parameters are often vague and difficult to fully understand. It’s essential that you read the information and understand what it is you’ve been set to do. If in doubt you should ask questions, but in the first instance, analyse the information you have in the brief before asking.

Read through the brief and then up write a summarised version of what is required. What does the brief ask you to do?

Parameters These are the boundaries and limitations, the things that are set in granite such as, deadlines, minimums, maximums, things that you simply must or must not do. Identify these and write about these identifying them as parameters.
Also think about your own parameters and those associated directly to the three-dimensional aspect of the work – what is that you can and can’t do…

What if I decided to photograph the inside of a large space as a joiner and then printed off the thousands of images and lined the walls of a small space and made into a 3D rendition of the larger space”?
Realistically have you got the time, resources and print credits to do this, would you be able to find someone to allow you to stick hundreds of images on the walls of the small space?

If you answer with a ‘No’ you therefore have identified a time, resource and financial parameters. You may wish to do this, but when you think about it, it's not realistic?
This section of your work needs to be completed early within the assignment prior to starting the practical work e.g. within the first two weeks as and when you write up your proposal.

Top Tips

(1). Produce the majority of the written work, including your research using Blogger. Name all of the posts for this unit using the Unit number. Because this work relates directly to an assessment criteria name the blog entry using the criteria…
(2). Get this task done and written up on your blog within this lesson or at the very latest in the next 24 hours, ready to move on to the next stage.
(3). Buy yourself an A3 display folder to use for the presentation of your final images and to start setting aside work that will form your University/Job application portfolio. You can also use this for presenting any ‘Hard-copy’ work for this unit. Number the pages in order that you can cross-reference material in the folder via your blog entry.



Further Guidance & Recommendations

Over the course of the assignment you are required to produce a final piece which integrates photography and 3D art.

The work needs to be produced over a number of development stages (tests/trials). Refer to your assignment.
This blog will guide you through the different stages. You will need to keep up with the work and produce the work within the time scales set.
Ideally you'll have already be using the books that we recommended that you bought at the start of the course (See here). Alongside looking at the British Journal of Photography and other journals on a weekly basis in the Learning Resources centre of the 1st floor of the college.

If you have been researching independently, you may have already seen work that might inspire your project in the next couple of weeks. Failing that, we're going to be directing you towards a few recommended starting points later in the blog.

Stage 2 - Unit 6 -1:2 Apply research activities to support solutions to a 3 dimensional problem in A&D

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Unit 6 -1:2 Apply research activities to support solutions to a 3 dimensional problem in A&D

It is essential that you start to produce your main body of research at the start of the assignment. Give yourself a week or two to complete the research within.

Top Tip - Produce the research work using your blog and use the title of the assessment criteria as the blog title as I have here. (You could just cut and paste my title). *Hard-copy material needs to be kept in your display folder.

Using the guidance from the previous unit conduct your research ensuring your resources are 'Sound' . Make sure you identify the links to the websites that you use for your research, this includes the images. Keep them as a list at the end of your blog page for this section. If you use magazines or books do the same thing. See here for guidance as to how you should do this. Note this is a requirement; If you've not done this previously you must do it within this assignment.

The photographers/artists that you must research are...
  1. David Hockney - My Mother Bolton Abbey 1980's (Joiners).
  2. Gwon Osang - People sculpture portraits
  3. Rachel Whiteread - House 1993 (YBA)
  4. Tracy Emin - Un-made Bed 1998 (YBA)
  5. Andy Warhol - Brillo boxes 1969 (Pop Art)
  6. Alex Katz - Figurative 3D paintings.

You will need to find and upload the images for all of these artists showing that you've conducted research using the correct methods (Start to compile your bibliography). All six artists must be identified and annotated with your initial response to them. (Keep this part short and concise).

Then pick the artist that you're work is going to be influenced by the most and David Hockney as a compulsory artist. You must choose have detailed research for 2 artists in total that you look at in more depth and analyse. Seek high quality research material for the main part of your research, add to your bibliography and *print off text based research material and keep in your display folder.

Using the 13 point prompt sheet  read the articles that you've printed off or watch the videos and write up your analysis of the work and the artist's work processes, intentions, message and meaning. Discuss the use of the research and how it influences your work. What is it that you're going to borrow from these artists to inform your own work?

This work needs to be completed in your blog over the first week of the assignment.
David Hockney My Mother Bolton Abbey
Gwon Osang
 Alex Katz
 Rachel Whiteread - House 1993
Rupert Shrive
 Tracy Emin - Un-made Bed 1998
Andy Warhol - Brillo Boxes 1969
This video here includes some footage that indicates the materials and methods that Gwon Osang uses...
Useful links David Hockney

It is important given the time you have to get the research done quickly.

Summary/Check list

  • Images and quick simple research details for all of the artists listed here and any Graham or Merlin have suggested that you like. All under the heading (New post) - "Unit 6 -1:2 Apply research activities to support solutions to a 3 dimensional problem in A&D". This should be achieved and completed by the end of Wednesday.
  • The two detailed bodies of research using the 13 point prompt sheet to generate your written responses. This needs to be completed by the end of Monday 9th.
  • Tuesday - reflect on the research process and learning using Gibbs.
If you use the Gibbs method at the end of the research you will then be prompted to 'Action Plan' (6). If you do so, you'll then be addressing this assessment criteria -

Unit 6 - 2:1 Demonstrate the ability to plan, organise and prepare solutions to a 3 dimensional problem in A&D

Stage 3 - Reflection No.1 using Gibbs.               How to use pictures on your blog

Stage 3

By day three you should be in a position whereby you've written up the work identifying that you understand the requirements and parameters of the brief. By session 2 (Day 2) You would have started to work on research parts of the assignment and now be in a position to reflect on your progress so far.

Again in your blog start a new post - use this as the title/heading...

Unit 6 - Gibbs Reflection No.1

The use of the Gibbs Reflective method is absolutely key to you achieving. The six headings focus your written work from now on, in a way that will enable you to attain almost all of the remaining assessment criteria.

Using the Gibbs format, reflect on what you have done so far, what you've completed, what you're doing, how much you've done, how you've done it and how affective it is. If you've done very little, then that should be ringing alarm bells for you!

(1). What's happened.
(2). How do you feel
(3). What's been good and bad (Evaluation)
(4). Analysis - the details of what you've done, why it's important and how it connects to your idea, what you've learned and the impact of that learning.
(5). Conclusion.
(6). Action plan.

Top Tip - Keep sections 1,2 and 3 short and concise. Focus more attention on section (4) "Analysis"
and section (6) "Action Plan".

In this first reflection (depending on how much research you've done so far) make a concerted effort to show that you're beginning to plan the next stages of your work. This will start to meet the criteria...

Unit 6 - 2:1 Demonstrate the ability to plan, organise and prepare solutions to a 3 dimensional problem in A&D

This might look something like

(6). Action Plan

 I’ve already done the research into David Hockney and discovered what film and materials he uses (See section 4 analysis). So one of the things I can do straight away is shoot a portrait because I think I’m probably going to do the Gwon Osang idea, but I’m also going to look at possibly doing a Rachel whiteread? But just to get started and to get stuff on my blog I’m going to start playing around with and exploring the joiner approach. I need to find out for a start where I can get small prints made, how quickly I can obtain them, how much it’s going to cost and how well they might fix to a bust. I’m not going to be doing a full size sculpture as that’s going to be a parameter too far!
I need to look into how I’m going to make a bust (Papier mache’) or whether I’ll be able to buy one. I then need to investigate glues and ways of fixing them to the bust. So these can be the things I can be getting on with while I complete the research.
I need to think about the lens I’m going to use as I’ll be shooting only parts of the person with no background.

 By next week…

(1)   Prints, prices and times.
(2)  Find a model to photograph
(3)  Photograph the model all around (joiner style)
(4)  Test my lens
(5)  Find somewhere to shoot that is bright (Not the studio – another parameter too far).
(6)  Look into buying/obtaining a head bust.  

Note - I've been doing this at the same time you have - my efforts are here and I've been using the Gibbs method to write up the responses to what I do. What I've not seen yet is your images, you need to record what you do and how you do it.

Stage 4. Shooting and ordering the prints for the Joiner.

Making the joiner.                                                   How to use pictures on your blog

There are a number of ways of making a joiner. One of the easiest ways is to shoot the joiner on film. Look at the Hockney joiners and get a sense of what it is you're going to photograph and act quick. Make a decision and decide whether you're doing it on film or digitally.

If you shoot on film get the film down to Snappy snaps or similar and have the film processed and printed. This can be done in as little as an hour. Similarly if you shoot it digitally the prints can be made over a short period of time or maybe over a day or so? The longer you allow them to print the images the cheaper they'll be.

On-line printing. Snapfish on-line printing is very cheap, but they're going to take a few days or more, if you're going for that option do it now as soon as possible.

Or you can make a Hockney joiner using photoshop - make sure the canvas is set to A3 size. Guidance here

Stage 5 - Experiments with your main idea - working then out and reflecting daily.

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Stage 5 - Experiments with your main idea - working then out and reflecting daily.

See the example here...

Stage 6 - Flat copying technique

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If you choose to make your Hockney Joiner from hard-copy images (Prints) or photo-copy paper and it ends up fairly big you may need to mount the small prints forming the joiner onto a large piece of card and then photograph it in order to reduce it to A3 size for your folio (A3 display folder).

You'll be shown how to do this in one of your lessons in the studio or against a flat wall somewhere. Those of you who have yet to use studio lighting this is your chance to do so, so ensure you make notes and use the resource below.

Flat Copying

Taking pictures of flat objects such as art work isn't that simple if done correctly e.g. done by a photographer (you). This link here from my main blog illustrates and explains how it is done.

This here may be of some help with using flash meters in the studio too.

Remember if you do any of this work - record what you do photograph your light set up and draw a floor plan. (Don't print off mine - copy mine, draw it yourself)! Record what you do, how you do it and put it all in your blog using the Gibbs headings.

Stage 7 - "Unit 6-2:1 planning, organising and preparation"

Stage 7                                                                                      How to use pictures on your blog

Unit 6 - 2:1 Demonstrate the ability to plan, organise and prepare solutions to a 3 dimensional problem in A&D

This is where the Gibbs reflective practice model used on a daily basis comes into its own. The sixth prompt is “Action Plan”. Once you’ve done your research and have some sense of what it is you’re going to do, you should reflect on your research process using the Gibbs method. Focus your attention primarily on the section four and six.

(4). Analysis; Use this to discuss the key points you’ve picked up from the research that will help you move forward with the practical work. What equipment has been used, how was it used, how  the work constructed, what materials were used and why, have you access to the same materials used by the pro's, if not, what are you going to use instead? Make sense of the research in order to inform your own work.

(6). Action Plan; within this section you need to explicitly describe what you’re going to do next… the next day in college for instance. What equipment you require, what you’re going to do within a specific time frame, how you’re going to do it, what materials and resources, in what sequence, who you’re going to shoot images of, where are you going shoot the work, where will you get it printed, how much you’re going to spend, and what's the likelihood of success at your first attempt? Also consider having a secondary ‘Back-up’ plan in the event that things don’t go to right.
If you reflect on a regular basis... each day you're in college and when you work outside of college hours, you'll be evidencing planning, organising and preparations on a consistent and regular basis and this assessment criteria will be met readily and in a coherent manner. It's this approach with the consistency and the evidence that it is impacting on your development that will enable you to attain the higher grades.