It is a couple of weeks since I received the feedback which has allowed me a useful period of reflection. As it was my first written assignment (a critical review of Helen Levitt's work) the feedback was by its nature different to previous. Also it was the first essay I've written for nigh on twenty years! The feedback was generally positive although there were areas in which I could have improved - in particular more crit on the photographs and less opinion.
He also makes a comment, that I'm sure he won't mind me repeating here, as it resonated strongly with me and may well do with other photography or indeed art students in a similar position:
.... you need to approach photographic theory and history with your own desire to learn and be informed, but never allow it to diminish the power you find in MAKING WORK. You’re a photographer and you need to practice, not sit around reading about it.This I know I have been guilty of, of late. I have become stifled by my 'studying', hardly photographing at all! And as such, I have begun to address this balance this past few weeks!
I have also taken a leap of faith and attended my first photography group meeting last Thursday, after my tutor alluded to their value. This is something I have shied away from in the past. However, the members were very welcoming and a talented bunch. I'm not sure how or if my current photography leanings will necessarily 'gel' with the competition/salon culture which seems to be a keen motivator for many. However, I am willing to remain open-minded and see how this involvement develops.
That's it for now...