We met at Bordon which, for me, meant an overnight stay with my eldest and another 90 mins drive on Saturday morning into the depths of I don’t know where but it’s a good thing that Fran in my SatNav knew!
It was a big meeting with 13 members, two of whom were new, plus tutor Jane Taylor.
What did not go well:
- Last time I attended a TVG meeting I came away with some good ideas to take my work forward. This time, although we had some time at the end & I could have put my line out to see what others thought of my ideas, I felt that we had had a long day, people were tired and weren’t prepared for this. So perhaps in future, a slot could be programmed into the meeting for discussing people’s current work.
What went well:
- I enjoyed seeing the continuation of the work ‘Lifting the curtain’ Keith Greenough has done since his graduation. I particularly liked the b/w images which seemed like pen and ink drawings which, combined with the art paper he chose to use, made the images look like art miniatures.
- I was glad I showed my messy workbook so that those who weren’t used to keeping a sketchbook did not feel they have to be neat and tidy. Having said that, I did appreciate the neat sketchbooks on show as they looked like works of art in themselves and something I might aspire to in the future.
- Although the discussion on the series “The Century of the self” by Adam Curtis did not start off well, there were several ideas being batted around the room which made sense to me. I was pleased to have spent the 4 hours watching the series because, although it was not explicitly about photography, it was about how we see ourselves and how others see us & can choose to exploit what they see for their benefit, purporting to be doing it for our benefit. The concept of politicians using focus groups to garner information about what people want in order to then use that information to keep themselves electable, reminded me of teaching practices in the last 20 – 25 years. From my viewing, I particularly appreciated the comments made by playwright Arthur Miller on the idea of suffering & I shall be going back to them.
- Everyone appreciated the effort Richard Down and Catherine Banks put in to organise the meetings to enhance our learning experiences with the OCA distance learning courses. This made me feel that I ought to be helping Amano organise events in the SW as the expense of attending the TVG meetings and the study days in London is becoming quite prohibitive.