I feel this project has been a successful kick start project to elevate my third year, pushing me to meet deadlines quickly and efficiently, helping me to realise sometimes quality is better than quantity. I hope to carry this attitude through the rest of the year.
I found it quite difficult trying to source my own theme and idea so at times felt like the link between my idea and my chosen call out was slightly tenuous, although I feel this actually worked out well in the end as it made me think more about the concept of my work and how I could make them tie together.
For my research I felt it would be better for me to look at the factual information about cerebal palsy to give myself some perspective of the disability. It also helped me when making imagery to notice the symptoms and actions of my model that were due to her condition which I could make evident in my images. I feel it may have been useful to have researched some visual inspiration had I been given longer to complete the task to improve my aesthetic.
It was interesting to study using light in a way that would change the atmosphere of an image which is something I hope to build on and develop more professionally before the end of the year to give my imagery not only a more creative aesthetic but a more contextualised meaning also.
I would like to think that I have achieved what I wanted to do – combine my documentary style approach with the idea of identity, giving my model a voice to stand out and to display her in a positive way that shows her transition into a courageous young woman, who is determined to be like “normal” people despite her disability.
Had I had more time, I would definitely have spent more imagery time with my model, developing my visual output and representing the model’s story more effectively. I would also use primary research to inject into my project for a more honest and personal representation.
This has definitely opened my eyes to more specific areas of investigation such as disabilities which was never something I had thought to do before. I still need to grow in confidence but feel this is a step in the right direction to do so. It has made me realise areas for improvement which will be key goals for me during my final year, such as more focused research. I feel it has also strengthened my motivation towards photography which will make me more willing to participate in working and improving my time management.