In the process of collating all the course work for People and PLace before shipping it off to Barnsley for assessment in a few days time. My first reaction when I opened the folder was to notice the step up. The level of independent research, the requirement to provide evidence of learning in short essays took me by surprise – not least because I have enrolled on the new Documentary course as well – which seems on inspection to be similarly challenging. My tutor has suggested to make sure I have completed Assignment One before starting the Documentary course, I had anticipated not starting until the New Year in any case.
When I (re(re))started last year with this course I suppose I had hoped to be where I am today, somewhat fearful of the road ahead, somewhat concerned that I haven’t overreached myself from an intellectual perspective and somewhat wary that my self confidence will take another nose dive again. I remember thinking something similar around Assignment Two of P&P but slowly I brought myself out of that hole, with encouragement from my wife and other students and the last three assignments were very rewarding and exploratory for me. I have really gained from the studies of photographers and the exhibitions I’ve been to and will continue with them. I am no longer bothered by the politics of business and massive corporations, I am now retired so will be able to focus on this Art of photography, I am directing a play again – the first time for a few years – which will be on in March. I have a column to write before 15th November. Perhaps rather too many I’s. The way ahead is sure to be rocky, but I have started to build a coterie of student cohorts (almost) that I know I can rely on for honest feedback and maybe a bit of signposting occasionally.
The photograph is the first I took after receiving the course notes, the magazine wanted a image for their “contributors page”. I wonder what the gesture here means? I have taken the model of this blog from Catherine – whose blog has been venerated.