Reflection 20/09/2019 - 05/10/2019

Updated: May 4, 2020

New sources of information New Talent and information, ITS YEAR 2 BA PHOTOGRAPHY with James Cant and Heather Mc'Donough and Studio 5.

This Journal will be my personal views and research from all classes partaken within my second year at the Sir John Cass for my second year within BA Photograph/y.

Every Lesson and key research made shall be included within this journal along side evidence and bibliographies of the research that has been read with any physical evidence that can’t be placed within this digital journal shall be within a separate folder for access.

“You Only Get Out What You Put In” James Can’t 30/09/2019

Tips for writing Journal / Blog and all research etc for the year:

· What does it mean to my practice?

Log with relevant citations from each lecture and or practical practice taken, include things such as magazines or recommendations from the lectures, also include other ideas from other students within the studio, such as sounds, music, Movies to TV and online videos on YouTube for example, because if it sparks an idea, then it sparks a challenge to produce this idea, and its viable to be logged and recorded to show improvement within the course for this year via a BLOG online (

Monday 30th September 2019.

Class today was brief introductions to the studios that was voted for at the welcome week on the 23/09/19, I chose the studio with James and Heather based on the combined experience at hand with also the genres used within photo making and how to become more professional within this sector for my future career within photography and media and also to enhance my works further, such as documentary, still life and moving image photography for examples.

The morning talk with both studio 5 and 6 groups was undertaken by James/Ania/Heather and Yaris, information provided for the year such as new attendance rules and class calendars, studio booking system’s online (SKEDA STUDIO BOOKING SYSTEM) along with the dates for all project submission dates for the year which is available via weblearn to download and the new location for the daylight studio which is no longer in the annex on the 4th floor but now Colston street on the 2nd floor (main building of The Cass), also the introduction of a new lunchtime speaker session within the weeks, which is on the calendar or will be notified via student emails near the time if the talk is listed as TBC.

Yaris spoke in the afternoon session with Ania about The Art Of Visual Story Telling within the cinematic world and to compare the art world and to understand how a painting can be used for inspiration within creating a legendary scene be it small or big, for example the images shown in this presentation compared the vision you would see on first look, for example The Massacre paintings of 1565 vs The Night Watch of 1642, both painting I felt had meaning for a scene, but many in class thought of different aspects such as colour and lighting, I saw more of the scene and what else could be interpreted whilst viewing such paintings. My views was simple, that the 1565 painting showed the rush for safety before a murderous army invaded a peaceful village and the painting from 1642 looked like a scene pre-invasion of the village within the 1565 massacre painting.

The moving image practice will partake between the 2 of the studios (05 and 06) and will be 60 second,30 seconds productions, and will be required to work in groups of two, both taking roles as a director and a assistant, both people in the group to produce own work and to also assist within the work also. Audio students will be with the group for 8 weeks to give tips and advice on using sound within audio (first year students) and any advice they can do within production of the pre scripted 60 second production required to produce the final edit by week 8.

Story boards pre and post production will be a helpful tool when producing ideas of how to shoot each scene, and what sounds to use i.e. ambient of the location or a background noise to add to the scene on post edits, for example scene could be recorded within a park area, but the noise to add is the sound of a truck passing by with a loud horn, unless we have a truck to produce this then it may be hard to do on location so a insert may be required and a audio mix will be required to insert into the final edit.

A Film club is now open to all years, with information given to the classes and recommendations of films to watch and to critique after, the film club is not every week and it is advised not to miss these sessions as the critiques at these sessions will help improve the work within moving imagery projects.


The sign of great progress to come which was made within the group’s setup for pre-production meeting within the first moving image project of the first year. Ideas for locations have been thought about between myself , Atilla, and also the sound student Petros, a location of a train station is being consider, yet a inside location also is being consider for the easier effort to be made on the sound recording, but outside may be more natural i.e. sounds of trains and the passengers are capture on the day and not pre mixed and inserted into the production at a later time. Pre-Production story board is in production with recces at some train station locations, this is to be produced for week 2, final for edit due on WEEK 8.

The day went well, and meeting of new students and ideas is fantastic within this field, as more ideas make great productions.

Tuesday 1st October 2019

Afternoon sessions was independent study and work, I chose to process some 35mm film in the supplied dark room and production rooms within the university, 2 35mm Ilford XP2 super 400, which I learned today had to be processed using colour processing techniques (C41).The process of the images was good for 35 shots on the 2nd reel of my process, yet the first roll was over exposed, yet some of the images look rather interesting and could influence an interesting print.

Please see contact sheets from today’s session:

Film Used Ilford xp2 super 400, Scanned image of the casing used for the film.


Thursday 03/10/2019

Morning studio session with James.

Todays session included a presentation-based talk with James, we spoke first how and where are images are made, what the class thought of etc, some scenarios such as, In or from the Mind, Thinking and or pre thinking judgements, to the spur of the moment to postproduction and resolve.

Where else do we change the meaning of a production, it can come from the display of an image, be it from the news paper to a public or private gallery which can change the content meaning dramatically to the viewer, one example of this is from Marlboro cigarette advertising in the USA.

Example of the Image:

Abell’s Marlboro Man

The uncanny change comes from when the image is cropped without the advertising of Marlboro, and gives a different dimension to the audience viewing, for example if shown as a advert in public, people will see an advert for cigarettes, yet cropped down, it appears as a cowboy on a horse which is possibly a high mountain, and or a staged stage from Hollywood.

14th October 2019

Example Description for grade system for FA5P01 A+ (95)

Appropriate use of research methods and enquiry

Scenes recorded in excellent quality to the given brief. All scenes/shots to brief and include log of settings used with equipment, a separate note book for the settings tried on each scene recorded, include also deleted attempts whilst on location.

Quality of analysis and interpretation

Relevant research for the creation and or idea of choice to the given brief, i.e. genre or story for the given shot list. Implement research that have given ideas to the chosen genre for the brief given and to link all research and tried and tested shoots also to show proof of the works that I am doing to the relevant research made for the shoot/brief for the project.

Appropriate use of problem solving, testing and experimentation

Experimentation notes and research into the practice of experimentation of the given project, to log all information to show the relevant testing, problem solving of the tests and the use of experimentation situations to the given task.


Any relevant research within this category to be cited/ proven to why the relevant research has helped within the appropriate testing, problem solving within the relevant task given.

Knowledge of and relevance to photography or fine art

Link the relevant information from the proposal from start of year, the type of subject that I want to peruse whilst studying photography, to include research from other artists within photography and why the relevant research is linked to the project at hand. Ensure Blog shows the progress of my learning and to show improvement via the steps of doing the project.

Quality of communication and presentation

Professional and in detail presentation, not to long and packed with information, clean and simple presentation with strong yet short briefs linked to research and why this has helped in the development of this project. Again, BLOG and journal this info.

Management of own learning and personal professional development

Compare and contrast the personal progress made, from why the research has helped and to why the relevant research and learning progress has helped, show examples and information to why this is relevant to the brief given of project set.

Some of the items to explore include:


Past and Present meaning historic to recent past and even more but an example from John Smith 1976 shows the style of past i will refer to and or express later on within the studio.

John Smith The Girl Chewing Gum 1976

Tate. (2019). ‘The Girl Chewing Gum’, John Smith, 1976 | Tate. [online] Available at: [Accessed 5 Oct. 2019].

The past and present within photography to Near Documentary

The possibility that a production can show the appearance of reality or may it be that it is setup to re create the moment for the viewer I.E STAGED, or NEWS and TV for example can sound like the end of the world to many viewers, but to a photographer it means more.

A great example of Near Documentary below can be described as a setup scene for a music video, but however it is a scene from a evening on what seems a typical Friday or Saturday evening in any westernised city in today's social world, where clearly you can see people that are possibly drunk, leaving the area, eating or just passing by, but we do not know as a viewer and we create our own choices to what it may be, and that is how we review the image and make a conclusion, my first view was that it was outside a nightclub on closing time, this choice was from personal experience within nightclub life photography, but lets say a viewer who never does photography and hardly goes to a night club or social activities, may view the image in a different perspective.

Jeff Wall: In Front of a Nightclub (2006)

More research on Jeff Wall including other works:

Art Blart. (2019). Jeff Wall In Front of a Nightclub – Art Blart. [online] Available at:

Post Photography!!

Plenty of the people will automatically say PHOTOSHOP or YOU USED A EDIT PROGRAMME when the words Post Photography comes into a conversation over a photo, some images can be one shot and staged and or real, but only with a slight touch up of the contrast or warm tones of the colours, but we have wacky photographers and artists in the world called earth, and of course amazing works are produced within the post photography world and this also includes the bringing together of Analogue and Digital to manipulate images to a level that a viewer will be stunned when standing in the gallery observing works that have been created.

A example of Post Photography is from a work from Erik Johansson: Go your own road, where a combination of post edits can be seen, but has many a message hidden within, one being "THE JOURNEY OF YOUR ROAD IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT" a view expressed by myself when first viewing this image.

Erik Johansson: Go your own road

Johansson, E. (2019). Impossible photography. [online] Available at:

More from the unstaged studios to come soon.


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