#Phonar Reflection and Meeting the Learning Outcomes.

#Phonar learning outcomes 

1) Successfully undertake appropriately sophisticated research, analysis and interpretation of information.

For this learning outcome, for each talk we had I reviewed my notes in order to analyse and write a suitable reflection which identified the key ideas and concepts. By interpreting the information I was able to add my own thoughts on the talks and make connections to other previous talks where I felt appropriate. For my post-photographic portrait, I conducted sophisticated research in order for me to get a better understanding of my topic and context in order for me to produce a successful piece.

It helped me understand context better as well as confidently identifying my problem, solution and what would happen if I didn’t do it.

2) Identify the key issues involved in creating concepts that effectively communicate a particular message to a specific audience.

For this learning outcome I identified the problem, solution and what would happen if I didn’t address it through my post-photographic piece. My problem was the stigma that surrounds mental health and the lack of awareness of how difficult it can make life for those who suffer with an anxiety disorder. My solution was to produce a concept, my piece, from these issues which shares my experience of anxiety with others. It meets the audience of both those suffering and many who want to learn about it. Finally, if I were not to conduct this piece the stigma behind anxiety disorders would not change.

3) Independently produce a photographic narrative utilising a range of analytical and practical photographic skills.

To meet this learning outcome, there were a number of tasks I completed throughout the course which produced a photographic narrative – the prep task, sensory mash-up, spoken narrative, transformative storytelling, Marus Bleasdale’s task and finally the post-photographic piece, demonstrating my analytical and practical skills.

4) Show evidence of experimentation with a range of narrative forms and media as a creative method for clearly articulating visual themes, stories and concepts.

Again through the tasks I experiemented with a range of narrative forms and media. I think my strongest piece demonstrating a creative method is my post-photographic as with this it explored the visual theme suggested by Sara Davidmann of excluded the ‘bad’ from family albums, a story from my own spoken narrative and also allowed me to experiment with sound through the cello piece and sound effects.

5) Critically evaluate their project work and the editorial decisions made throughout this process and its commercial relevance with respect to their chosen areas of specialism.

Through my evaluation of each task and mainly my post-photographic piece, I evaluated what I felt the strengths were of the work I produced and how I could have improved. I also included ideas from the talks we listened to in order to show my understanding and apply it to my own practice.

Overall, #phonar has been a thoroughly enjoyable class. To begin with, I really struggled to understand where it was going – I knew I was enjoying the first talks and identifying the points which stood out to me but I was struggling to grasp the concept of where everything was meeting. However a few weeks in, I was able to begin making connections between the talks and the concepts and I really began enjoying #phonar. I have loved listening to the different talks each week and discussing the ideas as a class, I particularly think tweeting our notes has been brilliant as it has made us all a lot more involved as well as making me more confident in sharing my ideas. The tasks have also been really interesting and engaging, there were some which I struggled with however in the end it has enhanced my learning and understanding as well as allowing me to produce my post-photographic piece which I am quite proud of. I will now be able to take these thoughts away with me and potentially bring them to my other modules such as my final project and continue thinking about them in my professional practice.


~ by victoriasimkissphotography on December 3, 2014.

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