Challenge 3: Reflective Writing

Reflective writing is evidence of reflective thinking. In an academic context reflective thinking usually involves:

1. Looking back at something (often an event, i.e. something that happened, but it could also be an idea or object).

2. Analysing the event or idea (thinking in depth and from different perspectives, and trying to explain, often with reference to a model or theory from your subject).

3. Thinking carefully about what the event or idea means for you and your ongoing progress as a learner and/or practising professional.

Use your own research and your choice of decade, artist and photographer and write 600 words approx. on the range of new things you are discovering, the new ways of researching and how they may impact on the course and into your professional career.

I haven’t thoroughly explored a certain decade in this much detail, so already this is something which is new to me. Firstly, each of the four sessions we had with Barbara and Michael managed to help me a lot with my research. I wasn’t sure on how to reference properly and after looking at the ‘Quote, Unquote’ book I was able to understand what context was best to reference things differently such as books, websites, blogs and exhibitions. Picking a decade was very difficult, but with using the online library, I was able to find several books which helped me out on looking at main events all the way through the 20th Century. The thing which I was most unfamiliar with was looking through journals and trying to find specific things within them, after being taught this, I found it much easier to find exactly what I was looking for. Online publications such as exhibitions which hold photo’s and paintings of my Photographer/Painter made it easier for me to look at each of these and discuss the similarities and differences in my head as well as looking at how they related to the decade which I had chosen. The photographer I have chosen is Richard Avedon, he mostly portrays his work in black and white, this gives off a very special effect, a lot of his work I had found using Google, as well as a lot of background information. The painter I have chosen is Andy Worhol, although he is a very famous and obvious painter/pop-artist of the 20th Century, I still believe looking at his work is a great idea. Both of these were very famous in the 1960s, so this is the decade I have chosen. After visiting the National Art Gallery in London I was able to have a new aspect on art as this isn’t something I would do normally, I believe that I will visit a lot more exhibitions whether this being Art or Photography because they give you a lot of background information on that person as well as it being a lot more personal by going to look at it in person rather than just on a publication. Learning new ways of researching is always a plus when you are on a course such as Photo Journalism, because this requires a lot of attention and finding out as much as you can about something so that you are able to publicise a story about what you have found. I believe from what we have learned I will definitely take on these techniques so that I am able to go into more depth into the subject I am learning. This will progress thoroughly into my career because I will need the same skills and if not better to collect information which will straight away put me in high competition with other people in my profession so that I am able to publish my work to the highest standard and keep rising to the top.


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