Week 9: Presenting your pitch

I had worked with two colleagues to develop a solution to the question of “what does agency look like in a ever-more automated city”. We all selected images from other artists that had created work similar or related to our work. We had agreed on style and characteristics and created image samples for the presentation. I put it into a power point and saved as a PDF. One member had written down ideas of language choice and approach to the descriptions of our work which I incorporated in the notes section of the presentation.

I was very nervous the day of our pitch and was quite happy that one other group member was able to put work aside to present with me. The first group presented a vision for the first brief, then we were able to present. The company was very polite and engaging with the group prior to our presentation, which gave me some hope that I wouldn’t be hung out to dry.

My team member and I switched off presenting our material, and I was happy to get through it. We were given very positive feedback about our work, with comments which indicated that they could be some interest in working together further. I am writing the very abbreviated version of this story, so in short, people who watched the exchange believed that our concepts and images would be the start of contracted work.

After our presentation, the company which we presented to asked for a pdf of our work as they wanted to get in touch with us and give more feedback. I did hear back from the company who said, basically, thanks but no thanks. I have to admit disappointment, and a little confusion. I understand that finding the best creative match is highly individual, and that there was no obligation on the part of the company to do anything other than look at our work. It was just a bit off putting to get really great feedback publicly, then be quietly rejected privately. I have a theory: As the pitches were open for any student to observe, the company reps were restrained from giving specific, and pointed feedback. The nature of the set up may have inadvertently created an environment where the feedback becomes falsely positive. I would recommend that Falmouth consider offering this opportunity again, but that the feedback sessions with the companies would be private.

So, what did I gain? I really enjoyed working with two other students who I might not have gotten to know otherwise. I appreciated the camaraderie and laughs we shared, as well as the challenges of creating a shared vision. I had to push myself technically to produce professional quality blended images using Photoshop. I learn best by doing and am making some significant gains in my Photoshop capability. In addition, I also learned how to create a pitch from a brief, and how to pitch work. I will be pitching a visual project at work and be using a lot of what I learned in this term.

France to Japan: Agency in the city.
From Chinese Market to Paddington: Agency in the ever more autonomous city.
Lake to Sky– What does autonomy look like in an ever-more autonomous city.
Draft– A blue print of autonomy

Week 5: Stronger together

October 19, 2019: Update on Group Brief CityID/B. I had an idea for a visual strategy which was difficult for me to describe in a web conference. I decided to see if I could create something like what I saw in my imagination. My original idea was to create a negative of a visual collage demonstrating the elements of brief B: Personal agency in a smart city environment. City ID also identified other key elements such as diversity people and geographies, physical, social or economic barriers; agency and belonging in the context of technology and place. I would then print the negative using cyanotype, thus create a blueprint. As in a blueprint toward a smart-city future.

Boston,Portugal, Sweden, California, France, China, New Hampshire, Vermont and Tokyo

October 20, 2019: I heard back from the newspaper and a few of the pictures I took have been sent on to layout. I received very helpful feedback about the depth of field (deep, not shallow), telling a story, taking names (of people in the photos), think postcard rather then art. It’s a steep learning curve but I think that this will help me grow as a professional.

This place has an Instagram account. The owners posted a small sign inviting people to take pictures, but asked that the the photos posted are tagged with @houseanddog.

October 22, 2019: Our CityID/B group met for 90 minutes today. I think that we are moving along really well and have some work to do to get ready for our mock presentation which is next week. I will be working on creating the proposal after another student did an excellent job describing the company and our objective, among other things. Another member shot a roll of 35mm film to see what the effects of exposed sprocket holes would do to our images. This has been a really nice experience and checking in with the group weekly has added to my experience this term. My suggested approach will probably not be one that we will take for this project, and that’s an appropriate choice. My work expresses a sense of frenetic while we were going for a more peaceful approach.

October 23, 2019: Received word back from the newspaper that they are using one of my photos. Yay! First paid photo job. Will wait to see if there are any further opportunities this week for additional work.

October 25, 2019: I really appreciate the opportunity to have a one to one conversation with my tutor. We reviewed my recent concept of demonstrating willful blindness in the context of historical events, such as America’s nuclear testing program. I received helpful feedback and will pursue this idea but without the dinosaurs. The dancer and dinosaur concept works well when the figures are isolated in a created world. However, I am wondering if I should pull out the dinosaurs and try to integrate the dancers more closely into the nuclear testing photos. Overall, I am enjoying this project and am awaiting inspiration for my next focus.

Week 1: Understanding the Client/the brief

23 September, 2019

Researching for the purpose of investigating photographic content has been a bit challenging for me. I am a nursing practice specialist and am responsible for providing information to inform our nursing practice in a health care institution. I am very familiar with nursing practice and health research methods and use professional databases daily. I haven’t been able to use the same methods with my photographic research. I feel like finding artists who have been influencers or created work similar to mines has been mostly by word-of-mouth, or peer recommendation. I have looked for visual art data base but haven’t found one yet.

For my current project, I am currently considering how I can break down my ideas into constiuent parts, then research those parts using my typical methodolgy. For example, I have done some recent work with model dinosaurs and dancers. Today I stumbled onto Joseph Campbell’s work on mythology and dragons. Dragons have persisted in mythology prior to the identification of the dinosaur, though it is considered that the dragon represents that fear of the large lizard that ancient beings might have had.

Frequently, one peice of information leads to more questions and more information. I love that about research. I value other photographer’s work and hope to be able to identify ways to find pertinent work more easily.

Note about postings on the forum: It’s such a bummer when posts recieve no comments. This happened to me this week and I felt badly. The forum is a bit of a social-media site and it feels negative when there is no comment.

Week 1: CityID Brief B:

We received our group assignments this week and I am really excited about workin toward creating a visual strategy for CityID. In preparation, I created a Google doc for our group and populated it with notes from the CityID Brief. I created a What’s App group to help us communicate quickly. Group members were unable to meet- but have scheduled a meeting for next Tuesday.

Week 2: Other careers in photography

Photography is a passion for me and I feel that, though I have been taking pictures for over 40 years, that I am still exploring who I am and what I want to do. Currently I am working in the fine art sector with a concentration in narrative. I am at the beginning stages of exploring modern (digital) photography and how that is effected by communication and media, therefore trying to figure through the HOW of making art a business. I am not working commercially, and therefore not collaborating with any professionals yet. I am entrenched in my nursing career and may not have time to create collaborative work at this point. I hope to, one day, retire from my current job and work as a self-employed photographer for additional income. I may switch to a commercial portrait approach, perhaps weddings or portraits of high school seniors.

I was a little surprised, this week, at the reactions to the weekly posting regarding the re-purposing of other people’s work. I sensed that my cohort felt unhappy about Prince winning the copyright case. It’s really about copyright law and what kind of protections it may or may not provide. Maybe I am cynical, but law and fairness are not the same thing. The laws we have are made in attempt to try to negotiate the grey areas of life and don’t always help in the way that we would hope. This case, the work of a French photographer, Cariou, was altered by an artist named Prince. I came down on the side that Prince essentially altered Cariou’s work enough that it changed the meaning of the work. I do want to express, however, that although I could see how the courts viewed this case, it is unfair. Cariou produced amazing work, and Prince just kind of trashed it. I would be really upset if this had happened to my work. It is devastating that Prince made money off the work that someone else produced.

Week 2: CityID group B Brief Update

My group was able to meet for over an hour using the Big Blue button to start to get to know one another and to puzzle through an approach to the work. We identified that CityID had emphasized the term agency and while we discussed what agency could mean, we decided that perhaps we could spend the week identifying agency is visual art. We used the google doc to collect these images. We will meet again next Tuesday to discuss what we have found.