I've spoken to my tutor now and had that introductory chat. Funny, I must be a creature of habit as I was a little nervous making contact with a new tutor. We spoke by good old fashioned phone, as I failed with skype...oh well, I can save that pleasure.
What became clear as our conversation progressed was the need for me to contain the breadth of ideas. As I threw yet another idea at him I think he became, quite rightly, a little anxious that I may be in danger of spreading myself too thinly. So I will have to park a number of ideas and trains of thought for now, which I think is wise.
However, despite this, I am still considering five or six threads and they are all vying for my attention...which means I'm flitting about a little again. However, I do prefer to be working on a number of projects concurrently, to keep it varied and interesting. Inevitably there will be some failures and this approach allows for some to fall by the wayside. It also may mean that my first assignment, which is entitled 'the season', may be the amalgam of two or perhaps even three independent themes. This is less than ideal but in the long-run I think there is some logic in it and will enable me to meet the 1 April deadline more easily than trying to get twelve images on one theme.
My overarching aim for this course is to challenge the 'default' image of the Lakes, as you've probably heard me say once or thrice before!
So for starters, areas of work that I will be concentrating my efforts on over the next twelve months, all with their own caveats at the moment:
- my view of the Lakes when I build up the courage, have the right weather and a number of other factors all coming together at the same time
- rural street photography during the busier months
- folklore when I work out how to actually achieve this
- in the style of Mitch Epstein when I get to that part of the course