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Team Work –
Through out my 20 days professional experience I faced many challenges in order to adapt to the different team working styles that my different partnering photographers employed. I found that my main role across all projects was as an instigator, with respect to ensuring that the work was completed and designing a vague plan of what needed to be completed when. With this done the team was able to see a physical time line for the project and bring any issues to light surrounding tight schedules and unlikely objectives. I found that whilst working in the team for the Costcutter Christmas project I was the lead in all aspects. The Costcutter Directors and management gave me clear outlines of what they wanted doing, and then left me to complete it in the manners that I thought best to fit their needs. In one instance this lead to me taking a photograph from a window overlooking the Christmas scene as the Directors wished for some images to clearly show the high level of turn out that the event experienced.
With specific reference to my exhibition carried out in partnership with Hereward College I was part of a two-person photography team in the first instance. However, it is important to consider that 10 students were added to the mix and made up part of the working project team as it was them and their feelings towards their disabilities that myself and my fellow photographer were trying to represent by images. In the initial meetings with my fellow photographer we both agreed that we need to play Devils Advocaat with the students in order to throw ideas around and put thoughts into their heads about what they want to produce and how they want to portray their feelings through the medium of photography. When it came to these meetings with the students I found myself playing a big role in the team in that I ensured that not only were ideas being bounced off of each others, but they were also being recorded to ensure that productivity was at a maximum.
Further to this, I feel that I held a very diplomatic and management type role between all members of the team, including teachers and students. I was able to step back from what I wanted to capture as a photographer and listen to what the students wanted to show as subjects. I was able to force the boundaries of my photography skills and open my mind up to some very literal ways of interpreting old adages and then implementing them and capturing them on film.
Personally I feel that I do not stand my ground as well as I could do within the team. For example, if I proposed one idea and a member of the team proposed an equally good idea then I would frequently back down to them and use their idea. Upon reflection I think, or rather I know that next time I will be more confident that my ideas are in fact strong and have the potential to produce as good an outcome as any other from members of the team. I feel that this confidence has arisen from the praise and feedback that I have personally received from both Hereward College and Herbert Art Gallery about my ideas and the way in which I implement my ideas to generate an outcome.
In future, in all aspects of team work in photography I think that I will improve my ability to get what I want out of a shoot rather than compromise. I think that thus far I have avoided compromise due to sheer determination, motivation and a slight element of stubbornness; however, I want to avoid compromise by the desire and need to strive for perfection in my photographs. Perfection in what I want to capture as a photographer, perfection in what the subject wants to display in respect to emotions and feelings; and finaly, perfection in the audience seeing the final piece, and receiving the communication of feelings, power and emotions that a strong and thought provoking image will conjure in an audience.
Throughout this module I have greatly progressed my ability to think out side of the box in a creative manner in order to create good, strong, thought provoking images. This was especially the case whilst carrying out work with Hereward College, as I was able to use the students’ very literal way of thinking to create images that showed their thoughts and feelings. One particular progression of my creative skills was through the use of PhotoShop whereby I was able to add images of pins and needles to Scott’s arm, to show the very literal and linear way that his mind works with what he hears and what he reads. This is with reference to the well-coined colloquialism “Ive got pins and needles”
Teaching: Through working with the Hereward Collage students, I have gained my first true experience of teaching. I have picked up skills from the teachers who I was working with on the project, skills that enabled me to know how to be assertive and inspirational, whilst still maintaining a creative flair, In my decisions and tones with the students. I found myself naturally being able to stay calm and yet still passionate about the work that I am enthusiastic about.
Commercial Photography: I feel that as a direct result of being hired to carry out photography at Costcutter’s Christmas event that I have gained a great insight and some valuable knowledge into commercial and corporate photography. This knowledge is with regard to how different members of a company can perceive different ways to capture an event, and to show the feelings that the attendees were having.
Organisation: Through out all of my professional experiences I have been organised with managing the different projects that I had been working on all at the same time. I utilised my time by having set days where I would work on the different projects. I found the use of the Gant Chart that I wrote up for my Hereward Collage project very useful and It helped to keep me on track with the work load, and the date by which I needed to have It completed.
Communication: Communication was a key part through out my professional experience, as all of my projects required good communication skills in – order for the collaboration to work effectively and for everyone to understand what their roles within the team were. Interestingly we all communicated through various different types of media, such as online social networking websites, for the Picbod exhibition. Via email, phone calls and text messages for the Hereward Project, ‘ Our autism in pictures’. Lastly by post through the mail, for the Dalmatian project.
Amber Elise Nicholls
Address : 35 King Richard Street
Coventry CV2 4FU
Mobile : 077855755010
Email address : firstname.lastname@example.org
Family Address : St Francis, School Lane
Milstead, Kent. UK
Telephone : 0044(0)1795830328
I am a second year student studying Photography BA (Hons) at Coventry University with theoretical knowledge and practical experience in a range of photographic media with the intention of completing my PGCE teacher training after finishing my degree. Following this I am also intending to continue with my scuba diving career, working my through the PADI levels until becoming an instructor who also specialises in underwater photography and film making, to which aim I am a member of the British Society of Underwater Photography (BSoUP).
- September 2010 – Present Coventry University studying BA (Hons) Photography.
- 1996 – 2010 St Edmund’s School Canterbury, Kent.
- GCSE’S – Art & Design (3-D) design (A), Art & Design (Fine Art) (A), Biology (B), Design Technology RMT (B), Chemistry (C), Physics (C), Mathematics (C), Physical Education (C), English (C), English Literature (C).
- A-Levels – Photography (A*), Art (A), Art 3D Design (A), Biology (C).
- PADI – Open Water Diver
- I am proficient in the use of Windows and Apple Mac computer platforms using Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, Dreamweaver and other Photographic software programs. I have gained excellent dark room skills and operate my own blog at https://ambernicholls.wordpress.com/ and on twitter at http://twitter.com/amberinio
- My portfolio can be found on my blog at https://ambernicholls.wordpress.com/ & also partly at my website – http://www.ambernichollsphotography.com
- 21st November 2011 – 8th January 2012 – General Assistant at West Orchards Food Court, Coventry. I was a member of a team that worked within a fast paced environment in order to service the high numbers of people visiting the food court during the Christmas period. I took on this role so that I could fund my studies into underwater photography externally from the University’s theoretical setting. This was achieved when I attained my PADI ‘Open Water’ diving course with Elite Diving in Sharm el Sheikh in January 2012.
- June 2010 – September 2010 – Posillipo Faversham, Kent – Restaurant & Bar Assistant.
- 2008 – 2010 Red Lion Pub Milstead, Kent – Restaurant, preparation chef and Bar Assistant.
- May 2008 – Work experience as Assistant Sports mistress at Ashford School for Girls.
- January 2012 – March 2012 – collaborated with Hereward Collage and the Herbert Gallery, to produce an exhibition titled, ‘Our autism in pictures’.
- December 2012 – Costcutter commercial work – Photographed the Christmas Community Event.
- March 2012 – Collaborated with my university colleagues to produce our first exhibition titled, ‘Picbod’, which was on show at Artspace basement, Covent.
- April – on-going – Still In the postproduction stages of the, Milstead Parish Committee country project.
To become a respected photography/art/design teacher, with the over all aim of becoming an underwater photographer employed by a world leading innovative organisation, with the aim of specialising in scientific research photography, and travel.
Very Good, maintain fitness through sport and gym activities.
Hobbies & Interests
I am Captain of Coventry University 1st XI Ladies Hockey team and was also Captain of St Edmunds School 1st XI and I represent several teams in Kent, I also play Tennis. I am an experienced horse rider and Carriage Driver. I enjoy reading and collect books that contain iconic photographic images that in some way indicate moments that have changed the world. Sub-Aqua photography and diving in general will become my main activity once I have completed my University Degree course.
- Upon request.
“I throughly enjoyed being part of this project and I can honestly say that I have gained some great experience and understanding about aspergers, working alongside a fellow photographer and learning the process that goes into developing a project from ideas into a exhibition worthy final project. I think what has really come to my attention Is how each individuals final image, reflects them and their personal identity, not only does It do this but It has propelled the students who live with aspergers on a daily basis to come out of there personal space and actually talk to people about it, which Is one of the big things people with aspergers find hard to do. It has been really insightful and a complete joy to have met and worked with some amazing people.
Thanks all, post up here: http://photography.covmedia.co.uk/2012/03/28/exhibition-opening-our-autism-in-pictures/
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From: George Rippon
Sent: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 12:26 PM
To: Matt Johnston
Subject: FW: Exh info
From: Kye Tidman <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Mar 2012 11:39:05 +0100
To: George Rippon <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: Exh info
Sorry mate, was planning to do it over the weekend” This project was all about identity and living with aspergers.The group already had their ideas and the project was on its way before we were involved. Myself and Amber helped by taking the images, post production and presentation. i was hoping to get some mentoring experience but got so much more. Working along side the Hereward college gave me a greater understanding of aspergers but also gave me some valuable experience working towards an exhibition. It ran surprisingly smooth with no major hick-ups and everyone was really proud of what we accomplished.”Hope thats okthanks, KyeOn 27 March 2012 11:06, George Rippon <email@example.com> wrote:
Hi Kye, Amber
If you haven’t already, could you send on some info regarding your exhibition with Hereward college (your involvement, motives, how it went etc. – keep it short and sweet) to Matt or me, so we can get a post up on CU photo.
Email correspondence from Paul Oldfield – regarding the Hereward Project going on show at other venues.
Hi,I am in the process of putting forward a nomination for the project to the Leading Learner voice awards 2012. As part of the application they require quotes and testimonials, so I was wondering if you would be willing to email some feedback through to me that I can use ??If you can do this it would be much appreciated .ThanksPaul