I am grateful to tutor Derek Trillo drawing my attention to this assignment by Sarah Gallear. Sarah is a student on the level 2 Documentary course. This assignment is a really good illustration of a number of learning points:
- Use what you know. Clearly the events which triggered Sarah to produce this work were not welcome, but they do provide a starting point that she can express her feelings about.
- Use captions to add to images rather than ram the point home – the image above is entitled ‘Numb’ and this works. If the image was a rather more cliched approach, such as this one, the caption would add nothing.
- Think about how your work relates to work you have seen by other photographers and how work you have seen can provide the foundation for your work. In her log Sarah records that she had previously looked at the work of Tom Wood – while this is undoubtedly the case, the resultant image is hers (and my personal favourite out of the series).