I had a number of Portfolio Reviews during the Falmouth Symposium, Adapt 2021.

These include 2 tutors, Sarah and Wendy, and 2 visiting practitioners, Anthony Prothero and John Angerson. I was showing work from modules 1-4 of the MA, and then mentioning the direction of my FMP, and wanted to review my practice while talking about the direction of my work.

Below is an overview of their responses to the images that I showed.

Sarah

  • Traces of elements
  • How much work you want to show
  • Visual clues
  • Mixture of B&W and Colour and what this could mean
  • Text with Images

Anthony

  • Influences of Poetry
  • Collaboration with others
  • Postcards and then return them
  • Family Album
  • Who is the audience

John

His tenets for creating work:

  • Do you know enough
  • Is it interesting
  • Is it visual
  • Is is practical
  • Does something happen

Responses to the work:

  • A record of the process
  • Felt a unique project
  • Portrait of yourself by others
  • “We see you as others see you”
  • What are the details of the project (Letters to them; the submitted responses; history of whom is communicating; the portraits)

Wendy

  • Highly performative
  • The Fractured Self exhibition (Arles 2019?)
  • Puppet
  • Drill down to see what it there

Overview

From the various reviews and the responses to the past work, and the direction of the new project, I would probably say the take-away observations are:

  • Performance aspect of my work and its direction
  • The examination of self through the eyes of others
  • To explore further the relationship to others and through that process, show myself as others see me
  • To create work through the detailed examination of the process

Going forward, I further want to examine:

  • Performance within portraiture, and not only focus on photography but how other art forms look and speak about this
  • Develop the initial portrait stories through the creation of the images, and then adding the ‘text’ that communicates the shared history;
  • Look at how to present this. Anthony spoke about ‘the book and the exhibition’ were essentially different from each other