Learning Outcome Evaluation

For phonar I needed to cover five learning objectives so to fulfill the brief. These were based around narrative and social media as a way of expressing the work created.

This module worked out well as I managed to create a range of posts through twitter that I later formed into storify articles to include in my blog posts. Going alongside articles was my evaluation of the talks which included my thoughts. From this I enjoyed using twitter as it is something that I use often so felt comfortable using it but managed to make it more beneficial for my photography.  While at the same time I was not a fan of using storify as even though I was able to use the basic tools I was unclear throughout on how to use it as I didn’t prepare myself before the term.

For my third outcome I was asked to create a photographic narrative using a range of analytical and practical tools, which I did through a main task where I focused on the Post Photographic Portrait. This I related to my interest of music, while considering Robbie Cooper point of immersing yourself in photography alongside the point for knowing your subject well. Due to the theme of music and expression being a theme throughout my work and life I was able to relate the idea to my own behavior and local area. Making me happy with the outcome especially as I could incorporate a new format for the final outcome.  This in-depth look on my main task also lead to fulfilling my second outcome (alongside working with Vikki Simkiss on the sensory mashup) identifying key issues to express the message in my imagery considering the importance that my task spoke about. The problem of how music is  seen as being over the top reaction rather than a in-depth feeling. Including how my task itself helped explain the outcome through creating pieces showing emotional reactions and how the popularity means music is everywhere. Plus what would happen if my task didn’t go ahead which would be how people may not understand how music is an expression of how someone feels. Due to this task I also managed to fulfill the fourth outcome of creating pieces in response to the projects set along with other tasks that fit the fourth outcome that led up to creating the final Post Photographic task.

Finally using this evaluation, other evaluations throughout, evaluations (in learning outcome one) based on the lectures and articles. Moreover, evaluating each task I managed to cover the fifth final outcome.

This to me made it more possible to fulfill the outcomes as we were given many options available throughout to fit the brief. Along with the many chances to hear practitioner’s insight, use social media and new mediums to the usual options available.

However, in this there was also the issue of getting sidetracked easily at the beginning and not understanding the platform of storify well enough to use it to its full capacity. Over the term though I did become more controlled over myself and understood storify better.

To help organize my work so to understand which fitted which outcome I created this post that brings the outcomes and posts together more clearly.



Evaluation of Phonar

For a module I have to work on the theme of Phonar or Photography and Narrative. This was mainly based around social media where we had to use social media to partake in the lessons. Through listening to different audios of practitioners talking about their work and thought of photography in general.


From doing the lessons this way I enjoyed the idea of working with social media as it meant I could use something that I use for entertainment as way to do my work so was more of a way of keeping me interested. This idea of combing a social aspect with lesson also kept me interested as I could multitask of subconsciously take in part while doing something in a format other than a document. Making it more of a comfort to use and my focus was better. In this theme of hearing practitioners ways of working and insight into their photography also gave more information as a way in which to improve my own photography through the option of sharing. Adding the sharing aspect also meant that I found it easier to type out information as I had to jump from typing to reading more swiftly so to keep up to speed with the audio.


However, I also had problems working with the social media aspect as it meant I could easily get distracted by my social trends rather than my lesson. I also found it hard to work with new social sites, as I hadn’t checked them out before the term so did not know how to use them so while dealing with taking in the information I also had to look at getting use to the format of the presenting to the work. Due to this I spent less time blogging and ended up becoming rusty on using wordpress.


If I were to do this module differently then I would spend more time before the module so to get use to the format before it came to using it. Alongside being more controlled of myself at the beginning so to be more focused. My focus as I got use to the term however did get better.


Met of the Learning Outcomes


LO1. Successfully undertake appropriately sophisticated research, analysis and interpretation of information
















LO2. Identify the key issues in creating concepts that effectively communicate a particular message to a specific audience


LO3. Independently produce a photographic narrative utilizing a range of analytical and practical photographic skills



LO4. Show evidence of experimentation with a range of narrative forms and media as a creative method for clearly articulate visual themes, stories and concepts https://deanachantler.wordpress.com/2014/09/29/phonar-task-1/







LO5. Critically evaluate their project work and the editorial decisions made throughout this process and its commercial relevance with respect to their chosen areas of specialism.

Main Task (Post Photographic) Evaluation: https://deanachantler.wordpress.com/2014/12/02/post-photographic-portrait/

Learning Outcome (Main) Evaluation: https://deanachantler.wordpress.com/2014/12/03/learning-outcome-evaluation/

General Phonar Evaluation: https://deanachantler.wordpress.com/2014/12/02/evaluation-of-phonar/

(Extra evaluations located on tasks and session posts)

Post Photographic Portrait

For my final task I decided to change from doing the Bending the Frame tasks to doing the Post Photographic Portrait task. This was as I felt this option was more suited to me as I prefer to work with music.


The task was to create a piece of work as I felt fit that incorporated a piece of music.

This is the music being performed by Laura Ritchie.


From the talks that I had heard, the key point that stood out to me was that of being immersed in the subject and being something that had knowledge in as mentioned by Robbie Copper. This gave me the idea of creating a piece based on the emotional outcome however I wasn’t sure how to go about the piece.


To move this forward as a piece based on the task we had to consider three terms. Here I also added my idea of the task of what I have thought of through this…



The problem that my portrait piece is focused around is how life is mediated so much that people don’t consider the way in which music can help express someone or the emotional impact it can have on a person.


For this my piece will show the importance and effect music can have on someone so to help them come through times whether good or bad. This will also form my final outcome for the task.



In doing this it will create a visual bridge between understanding the emotional impact on music and what it is such a popularized culture, that people turn to in good times and bad. If this task were not done then people would be disconnected from a key means of expressing themselves.



Due to this I will create 3 gifs that will show three happenings that everyone is use to. Each one will be based around a person; they will also be in colour so to express the mood. The one will be based on a routine of a day-to-day life that incorporates how much music is involved. The other two will be more experimental and show the one side as being happy with an upbeat sound to sow a good day while the other will show life falling apart around them and yet still turning to music to help through this even though the music will express the mood. In way of the music I will take parts from Jill Jarman’s Cello piece performed by Laura Ritchie that I will alter so to fit with my 3 different gifs.




Through the idea of films and imagery many pieces are based on the idea of using sound or music so to incorporate a set emotion whether it be sadness, happiness, danger or any other theme as shown in this clip. 

This was my starting idea to form the importance of music around as an emotional effect.



Looking into the effect music has on people, I found many psychological talks that I feel also fit in with my FMP and Symposium, but the one that stood out to me the most was the environmental effect through the news article of music helping plants to grow or by killing them. This showed that the plants mainly survived who listened to Black Sabbath.


Which made me consider the opinion given by sound of aggression and raw for rock, cheerful for pop and classical for a calming effect. This combined with music I listen to myself made me think how I could alter the sound to come up with more of an honest sound through other sounds.



With some extra searching I came across a artist called Martin Klimas, project. He had looked at the response of using sound to create an experimental theme through seeing how different tunes from classical to rock tempo helped move paint around to create an image on its own.



From looking at my research I have been given ideas of how music can help things grow like the future or help destroy items such as plants, going by the scientific research which helped build on the form of building and destroying in my two emotional clips. The idea throughout the term and from the paint project.

Has led me to consider going for more of a theme of looking at an animation rather than a gif as it gives more time to incorporate the narrative through time and also works better with the sound.

While from films I have watched, I have the idea of now having the sound reminiscent of a film scene to help add the emotional tone to the imagery I create.



To start off with I decided to listen to the music to give me a starting point. Leading me on to forming the sad sound so to turn it to sound similar to black and white films audio. To go alongside it I also felt it be worth trying to create the happy audio. This one I felt was more difficult to do with the sound but through altering the speed and cutting it up more I managed to create a piece that sounded more productive than happy but at the same time have a more cheerful tone to it.


Technical Aspect

After creating my audio in Adobe Premiere I went to the imagery of which I felt would fit best as a gif. Making me design images in Adobe Flash. However, from my research I wanted to go a more experimental aspect other than just using a different medium so I designed it to look rougher to give a more honest aspect.

Bearing in mind from first creating footage for the tasks, the response was given of the shortest length should be 30 seconds and the largest 2 minutes in length. I decided the best option was to split the time between the three videos, the two animations being the shortest at 30 seconds and the third being around the same length of time but a tiny bit longer depending on images.

Due to having problems coming up with ideas for the happy theme I decided to create a map of ideas.


While with the sad option the idea was clearer, I wanted it to be based on the aspect of music being there to support as the listener felt like their world was falling apart. This gave me the idea of the surroundings falling down.  To give this more form of upset alongside sound as I went along designing the idea and fitting it with the sound my idea developed more of the tears forming into bricks.


Returning to the happy piece I had more of the idea from the map to what to include in the images. This led me to go for the option of being productive that you start cleaning and rearranging. This fitted together with other options made me turn cleaning into building the world as an opposite affect to the sad video but to make it more familiar to happy and music I had the idea of happy including celebrations being key brining in the idea of socializing and a house party. However, in the length needed to create the pieces made me change from a gif to an animation.  For this I had to draw each scene separately but due to the tools of pasting in place or allowing an image to fit over many slides at once, made the images easier to create.


To give more of an explanation to my imagery I had also had the idea of including a documentary piece to show a realistic approach to go alongside the experimental emotional piece to show how much music is incorporated into people’s lives. Focusing on going out and about I returned to the unphotographable idea of following a route and taking images along the way. Doing this I looked out for music features that are familiar to the area of Birmingham, being that it’s my backyard and where i’m more use to. Plus has a rich background of music.


Leading me to go out for the day shooting images capturing a set of pieces that created a route from the bus stop to a event happening alongside capturing anything that seemed unusual.




Having the idea of music in day to day life and music identity throughout I felt that I wanted to create everyday sounds through music, so to incorporate experimental in with the documentary.  The mention in lesson that the music could be incorporated with other music or sounds so to fit the piece, made me turn to the album of Nine Inch Nails instrumental album Ghosts. Including in this the joke made in response about the sound of industrial music sounding like sounds you hear in every day life like building yards. I took the sounds and merged them together, slowed them down, sped them up to fit the theme. Hearing the speed of one sound reminded me of the traveling speed from Faith No More’s song Stripsearch.  giving more of an experimental traveling option to fit throughout the video. Giving me a basis, this with other ideas of common themes that you hear throughout I bought the pieces together to form my route with transitions to help the idea of moving in and out of music. This gave me my final third video.

These are my final videos.




In the end I came up with three videos that ranged from 30 seconds to 42 seconds length. These were two animations one happy, one sad and the final one being a documentary piece.


Over all I was happy with the sound for the emotional pieces as they sounded raw and gave more expression in the set up. I was also happy with the final merge of the documentary video sound as it held the experimental approach with it and fitted well with the imagery that I had created.

However, with this I was not completely satisfied with the outcomes as the imagery for the animation seemed to rough and didn’t hold the detail in it that I wanted. On top of this in parts the audio sounded larger than I wanted at times and was not much of a wide range in altering the volume.

Due to this if I were to do the project again I would prefer to be able to have more time to spend on it so to add the more detail in it the images so to look more pristine to the ones that I have created. I would also like to create different sound by having a wider sound range available to use so to have a more optimistic audio available. Within the time frame that I had I am happy with the pieces that I created.


Instagram Photobook



Nowadays thanks to technology people are more connected with imagery and taking pictures that can last from a day or never been given an in depth look at again after being taken. However, with this images and sites like instagram we are sharing endless images as fun no matter how good the quality of them is. This is putting more of a strain of being a photographer in general but in the process more people are being becoming a photographer through interaction more easily.

Which creates the question of what is the future of photography? The pictures we know as photographs or a quick snap taken for the purposes of sharing on social media?
Is there a future of a original photographer with a camera other than a smart phone?

Will the old form of photography become forgotten over time as we move forward in technology?


Session 8 (and We Are All Thieves)

For my final lecture we returned to where we started with Fred Ritchin’s insight on the subject. Here we also looked at Ian MacDonalds work and process. Before I finally looked at “We Are Thieves” as an extra task, that id missed out.

These are the class notes on the work followed by the points that stood out to me.



  • It’s important how people perceive it
  • Only see their own image, allow themselves to see an image in a certain way
  • Part of a transition – move forward but reverting back to the old
  • Reactive waits for something bad and responds to it
  • Proactive knowing is something is going to happen and trying to make a change


The points that Ritchin made were similar to that of…

MANSOUR: ‘The story comes first, the photography comes later’ as his definition of reactive and proactive is that the bad needs to happen for it to be documented. While for the proactive something needs to be they’re leading up to something bad so to make a change. That way your either showing what’s happening from what we already have or waiting for it to happen before responding.

MAYES/HETHERINGTON: This point was also similar to Ritchin’s point of view as felt that photography was part of a transition where old is what we revert back to. Which was also the same point as Mayes/Hetherington’s point of view of “We understand the new in terms of the old”.

HUEY: This was the main point that stood out in similarity to me as Ritchin said that people only see their own image even if it has text with it because they view the image with their beliefs, judgments etc. So only allow them selves to see an image in a certain way. Which was along the lines of what Huey said of people who buy a magazine or view your work do so because they can agree with it and hold the same point of view. Instead we have to confront those who don’t or won’t consider the same point of view.


This talk I found to be interesting as it was a sense of an overall thought from the first practitioners whose thought we heard to then being hearing his thoughts on the subject and other points of view that had come after his. Making it feel as if the work had come full circle.



  • Depicts time and change gradually fading away
  • Tell a story and part of an adventure
  • Interested in the surface, weight, how it exists captures images by sharing others experiences with them
  • Have to say what you are in an image


BLEASDALE: CREATES IMAGES TO MAKE A CHANGE IN THE WORLD, this was the main similarity that struck me from both photographers as Bleasdale tries to use photography as a way of stopping wrong doing from happening through confronting the ones with their behavior or making people realize what they are doing is wrong. While MacDonlds imagery is mainly based on the affect he creates in his images to express his thoughts so that the image are clear to read.

BROOK: Photographs are experiences rather than documentation.. This is similar to MacDonald’s point on when you tell a story you also tell part of an adventure. Showing that the story you tell is from what your adventure was that you experienced.

DAVIDMAN: Feels that the photograph is as much about the participant as the photographer which is the same as what MacDonald said who put it as a photograph tells what you [photographer] what you are.



The main piece that interested me was the way in which you could read MacDonalds imagery and the expression put in the pieces. However, I was also interested in the point about expressing yourself in the photograph to show what you are and the point of how people aren’t only interested in the imagery but the aspects of how it is printed, weight of it etc. This is due to the fact my interest and life is based a lot around music or my background so my work does actually express me any how as I feel it’s what I know best but seeing the way others work in the concept is something I find interesting to do especially as I also have an interest of stepping into the area of unknown so to learn about something new. While the idea that someone is more interested in the physicality of a picture rather than the picture itself was unusual to me and at the time something I wasn’t expecting to hear as it is not a common thought. Yet subconsciously and has been spoken about a lot, there is a feeling to holding a photograph a sense of holding the time. Yet with it I didn’t consider it to be more important than the image itself even though when creating final images it is on par with the image when it comes to how to present it. So even though the idea of someone having more of an interest in the printing method etc. afterwards it does feel like of course why wouldn’t someone be interested in that also even though its not something that sticks out to you.



  • Photographic reproduction can’t be improved by technology
  • Change in technology changed the photographs themselves
  • Most popular – cloud gate = a fun house mirror on steroids
  • Having an experience has become identical to taking a picture of it
  • Bionic man – half man, half camera = self-portrait in a mirror (selfies). Created through flicker.
  • Most photography is an act of reference
  • Is the photographer or art whose the “photographer”?
  • Photographic reproduction is the collection and re-contextualization of visual data
  • People bring their own beliefs, stigma’s etc to a photograph even if the image has a meaning. The viewers then use that to express their own opinion.
  • Went around photographing the places as saw them that day
  • Allowed people to take print so long as person made an offering in return – helped keep art centers and categories open
  • Photographic reproduction is to freeze meaning.
  • A photograph is a ghost of reality and its meaning
  • The decision of when to reproduce and not to decides whether it’s a good image or not
  • Work is not valued unless seen
  • Everything exists to end up in a book, a photograph or online
  • Ritchin – digital images are discreet and are malleable images of the visible that can and will be linked, transmitted, contextualized and fabricated
  • How will anyone see an image without the Internet?



  • Having an experience has become identical to taking a picture of it
  • Most photography is an act of reference
  • Allowed people to take print so long as person made an offering in return – helped keep art centers and categories open


Alongside Shaffer comparing his thoughts to Ritchin and Sontag’s during the talk. I also noticed similarities and differences with other points that had recently been raised. These were that of…

MANSOUR: The story comes first the photography comes later which is the opposite of Shaffer’s opinion who feels that most of photography today has the point of “Having an experience has become identical to taking a picture of it” so that while the story is happening so is the photography. Although he does express through the talk that he also feels that the world makes the art, we just photograph and re-contextualizes what it creates.

HUEY: Feels that we should confront those who don’t consider the other thoughts. As the ones we mainly reach ie magazine subscribers already see same point, which is why they buy that magazine. Shaffer also agrees with this as he also feels people see imagery through their own point of view. This point is also shared with Ritchin with “people only see their own image even if it has text with it because they view the image with their beliefs, judgments etc. So only allow them selves to see an image in a certain way”.


This talk raised points and ideas that interested me as I felt they were unique; this was mainly the act of reference with the world (nature) creating the image and people as photographers as capturing it. This I found interesting, as I had considered this thought before based when regularly seeing how the morning light rising always fell close to the same spot during my journey and caught a picturesque scene within an industrial area. Yet I never saw it as me seeing it but more of what nature itself had created and if I was to capture a picture of it id only be documenting nature’s artwork. Alongside this I was also interested by the way in which he used his imagery so to gather support for charity reasons and to make funds but also at same time gather pieces that may help not only support his work but create a new project so turn his work into being a continuous cycle.