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New Year, New Intentions

Taking some time to think how and when you study best and being realistic about how much you can achieve in a study session can improve the time you spend on your course.

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New Year, New Intentions

This is the start in a series of posts for the New Year.  Whether you have lost your routine over the break or finding it hard to focus on your studies now life is returning to its normal pattern, there will be guidance on how you can get back into your course.

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Being curious

To be a student is innately to find out more about a subject. To explore and investigate, to delve deeper and make connections between seemingly unrelated sources.

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Do Not Bend – The Photographic Life of Bill Jay

Who is Bill Jay? Some of you may know of the name, but he is probably one of the most unappreciated writers on photography. I, for one, knew very little about him until this year. Anyone who has been tutored by me over the years has probably had the book, On Being A Photographer by Bill Jay and David Hurn recommended to them. Despite being the co-author of this much read title, I had never really comprehended who Jay was.

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‘Thou shalt not age’

“But the idea of how or why women feel invisible interests me. Is it driven by consumerism that glorifies youth and perfection? Is it that, with age, we are less sexually attractive? Or is it that one really does become invisible with age? I wanted to try to represent this invisibility.”

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What’s your creative resolution?

For many, the New Year is a time to make resolutions. These often involve responding the excess of the Christmas holiday season to eat healthily or exercise more. This may have been the time of year that you first thought about signing up for your course with OCA. A new year with new plans and goals. We asked for some ideas for creative resolutions for 2018 to make it the most productive year.

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A green and pleasant land

For all of photography’s perceived democracy we are still establishing its history through the curator’s eye.

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Small town inertia

Some years ago, I came across a photographer on Twitter. He was based in Dereham in Norfolk, not a million miles away from me. The images he was posting stood out. Stark black and white documentary photographs that echo a tradition that starts in the slums of Manhattan with Jacob Riis. This work however, is not historical, this is now. These are images from my country, from a town that less than 70 miles away.

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Get familiar with your local gallery

There are hundreds of smaller galleries across the country showing a wide programme of work. They may feature local/regional artists or show touring exhibitions. It is well worth getting frequented with the galleries in your local area and subscribe to their mailing list to keep up to date.

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