The assignment for this section can be found on my website here.
Everything seems to be generally OK as far as David is concerned with few critical issues raised.
David suggested that I shouldn’t mention the fact that I am a student in my material. This creates preconceptions and prevents the reviewer or visitor from looking at my work as that of a professional. It does mean that I shouldn’t refer to my exhibition as a Degree Show, something that I intended doing to tailor people’s preconceptions. However, that’s exactly what I shouldn’t do according to David. This is making me very nervous, almost as though I was pretending to be a “real” photographer and inviting harsher criticism from viewers of my work. Still, I suppose that I have to go for it !
We discussed my website name, Gaslight Photography with me trying to keep a straight face as David had a slight difficulty in broaching it. Obviously, it was created at a time when “gaslighting” did not have the negative connotations of today!!!!!! I’ve since changed it to “Photography by Gaz Williams” which isn’t ideal but it creates minimal disruption and my email domain can still be used.
In the publicity I could use terms such as “Edgelands” or “liminal space”. We both agree that we don’t like these terms but galleries and curators often do. Possibly “renovate” the phrases e.g. “Challenging the concept of liminal space” “Edgelands: A tourist’s perspective”. Again, I’m not sure that I want to use such cliches but it fits in well with Laura Noble’s feedback on how to publicise an exhibition or work in general. I just need to think of a version which I can say without laughing or grimacing.
The last image in the BoW thumbnail grid stands out as it has a different colour set to the other images. By modifying the WB and rearranging the grid I’ve been able to reduce this “standout” factor. This is the image that I really want to keep in as it is very contentious, some people hate it and others love it. I’m curious what people will now think as it better integrates with the other images.
Finally, the last image in the wildlife grid appeared grainy in this form. I understand where David is coming from, but the quality is the same as the others and appears fine at full-size. I think that it’s a result of the panoramic format and the dusty location which does work well in the thumbnail format.
Anyway, that’s the feedback from my first tutorial and it’s been very useful. I’ve taken on board each comment and, with the respective changes, I know think I have a stronger approach.