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Blog of the week: Photosynthesis

Our latest Blog of the week is Photosynthesis by Eileen Rafferty. It is a brilliant learning log because Eileen isn’t afraid to take risks. She pushes herself to take photographs in places or situations in which she doesn’t feel comfortable and she owns up to herself (ie reflects on) these feelings in her blog.
What is more she puts herself in the frame – of the image above, she says: ‘Here is a sample image, as unedited as anything you’ll ever see from me (not even a curves adjustment, or a bit of skin smoothing ; -)). Taking pictures of yourself (or anyone else) involves lots of judgements, and I will write a more thoughtful blog on this subject once I’ve processed the other images and had some time to think. But I feel that I have made a start in the exploratory process and wanted to record that.’
Finally the blog shows how Eileen is incorporating ideas from her research into her thinking. There are interesting musings on truth in photography and some excellent videos -the face and body painting of the Omo people brought work in the OCA offices to a stop.

Posted by author: Genevieve Sioka
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14 thoughts on “Blog of the week: Photosynthesis

  • Well done Eileen. You have so much thought into your work. I admire the time you have spent considering the technical details of your work. I agree with marmalade – your blog is beautifully written.

  • I realised after reading your blog Eileen that I am not documenting my struggle with technical details as much as I should. I’m sure it really helps writing it down in order to stop making the same mistakes again. Your end result for Assignment 2 was lovely.

  • Thank you all (and Gareth) very much.
    Susan: during TAOP I didn’t keep such a detailed log as I went along. This meant that at the end of the course I had to do some work to pull together what I’d done: I also found when I looked back that I had learned something more than once, but forgotten in between! I decided to keep a better log as I went along in part to assessment time less stressful, but mostly because I thought it would help me develop and grow more if I made an effort to pin down my learning points at each stage. It does help.

  • I have read eileens blog as such but what i have read i can only voice the opinions of those who have WELL done.as a student
    in photography my self i hope my standards live up.

  • Hi Eileen,
    The old git between Dave and Jose is not Dave but myself, Jim. It’s quite a flattering picture really, as I am 93.
    Your blog makes my learning log look rather pathetic! I’m not sure I have the energy and skill to produce a journal of this quality, but you’ve shown me what to is possible. Thanks …… I guess!

  • Hi again Eileen
    I can’t post comments on your blog, as I’m viewing it through a proxy site from here. Thanks for the thorough post, especially the one on Format, and I particularly love the ‘quick and the dead’ photograph.
    Excellent stuff.

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