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L6 Photography Mock Exam


The Index General information: page 3 Individual Project Requirements: page 4 Extra information and explanation on Task 4: page 5 Week by week breakdown: page 6 & 7 Definition of ‘Structure’: page 8 Different types of structure: page 9 Suggestions of starting points from the exam paper: pages 10 & 11 Website addresses of past students’ AS exam projects: page 12 Assessment Sheet: page 13 Explanation of Assessment Objectives (Levels 3, 4 & 5) : pages 14, 15 & 16 Uploading Order of Project: pages 17 & 18 Examples of photographs linked to the theme of structures: page 19

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Start Date: Monday 6th February 2017 Date of Exam:

LAB (5 hours on Monday 24th April 2017) LEF (5 hours on Tuesday 25th April 2017) LG (5 hours on Wednesday 26th April 2017)

Theme: Structures Below are examples of what you could potentially do in the exam final: • A series of prints (which would be shown in a gallery) • A zine of your work • A commercial brief (using the photographs to create advertising campaigns or posters etc. • Gifs / films etc. Remember that these are just a few suggestions, there are other options to consider. The examples above is simply there to let you know what is potentially possible.

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All the individual Requirements for this Project Task 1: Write in the title of the project (see Uploading Order of Project on pages 17 & 18) Task 2: Initial brainstorm in response to the theme of ‘Structures’. Task 3: Upload 4 photographs by 4 different photographers that is inspirational to your starting ideas. Write the names of the artists underneath and a couple of sentences about why you find them interesting or inspirational. Task 4: Write about what type of ‘structure’ you are intending to explore and select 2 subthemes – you will eventually select 1 of these to explore in the project). Research to see whether you can find any wider ‘issues’ that you can explore on the internet on these 2 sub themes and copy & paste this onto your blog and then make a response to it. (Further explanation on this task is on the next slide) Task 5: Take 1st set of initial photographs (photo-shoot 1) Task 6: Edit a minimum of 6-8 photos from photo-shoot 1 and Task 7: annotate these photographs Task 8: Artist Analysis 1 (linked to the experimental photographs that you are working on next) Task 9: Create a set of developmental / experimental photos based on the initial set and Task 10: annotate these images Task 11: Artist Analysis 2 (linked to next initial set of photographs (photo-shoot 2) Task 12: Take 2nd set of initial photographs (photo-shoot 2) Task 13: Edit a minimum of 6-8 photos from photo-shoot 2 and Task 14: annotate these photographs Task 15 : Artist Analysis 3 (linked to the experimental photographs that you are working on next) Task 16 : Create a set of developmental / experimental photos based on the initial set and Task 17: annotate these photographs Task 18: Upload written brainstorming ideas and annotate thoroughly. Explain the concept (idea) for the final exam photographs Task 19: Find 6-8 artists’ photographs that inspire your final set of photographs for the exam. In the box underneath, write the name of each artist and write a sentence about each photo explaining why it is inspirational to you. Task 20: Artist Analysis 4(closely linked to the type of editing / experiments that you are aiming to do in the 5 hour exam Task 21: Take the photographs for the 5 hour exam Task 22: Edit and experiment with the photographs during the 5 hour exam Task 23: Briefly annotate the work completed during the 5 hour exam 4


Extra Explanation for Task 4 * Start this task by writing what type of ‘structure’ you are intending to explore and then select 2 subthemes – you will eventually select 1 of these to explore throughout the project). For example, if your type of structure is ‘The structure of the family’, then your 1st sub-theme could be: the passing on of ‘genes’ and genetic make-up from parents to children whilst the 2nd sub-theme could be: the hierarchical structure of siblings within the family * Then research the internet to see whether you can find any articles on these ‘issues’. For example for the 1st subtheme you could see whether there are any interesting articles on genes i.e. ‘designer babies’ and then whether anyone has written anything about what it is like to be the ‘middle’ child in a family of 3 siblings etc. * Copy & paste, important paragraphs from these articles onto a document, highlight the important sections and then make a response to these sections. Finally copy and paste all of this onto your blog.

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Week by week breakdown Week 1 (Feb 6 -10): Task 1, 2, 3, 4 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. Half Term: Tasks 1, 2, 3 & 4 (if not completed during week 1) Task 5 (if taking photos on-location) ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. Week 2 (Feb 20 - 24): Task 5 (if taking photos in the studio) Task 6 & 7 (continue as homework) Week 3 (Feb 27 – Mar 3): Task 8, 9 & 10 (continue as homework) Week 4 (Mar 6 – 10): WORKING IN ALL LESSONS UNDER ‘TIMED ASSESSMENT CONDITIONS’ Continue and extend Task 9 (complete task 10 and Task 11 as homework) Week 5 (Mar 13 – 17): ‘MOCK WEEK’. NO LESSONS – WORKING INDEPENDENTLY

Task 12 (if taking photos on-location) / Catch up with any missing tasks from Task 1 – Task 11 Week 6 (Mar 20 – 24): Task 12 (if taking photos in the studio) Task 13,14 & 15 (continue as homework) Week 7 (Mar 27 – 31): Task 16, 17 & 18 (continue as homework)

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……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..... Easter (2 weeks): Task 19, 20 & 21 / Catch up with any missing tasks from Task 1 – Task 18 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. Week 8 (Apr 17 – 21): Task 21 (if not already taken during the Easter Holidays). Final preparation for the exam (continue as homework) Apr 24 – 28 May 1 – 5: May 8 – 12:

Exam Week 1 Exam Week 2 Exam Week 3

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Definition of Structure: • The arrangement of and the relationship between the different parts or elements of something more complex • Something that is constructed from several parts • Constructing or arranging something according to a plan – organization or pattern forming Synonyms: construction, form, formation, shape, composition, assembly, arrange, order

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Different types of structure:

The structure of reality (what is real and what is not) Repetitive structure Interrupted structure Broken structure Natural structures / Man Made structures Geometric Structures Architectural Structures Manipulated structures Making very ordered structure out of chaos The structure of the face or body The structure of the family Social structure (the class system / patriarchy etc.) The structure of composition and division Fragments combining to make a structured whole Very small & delicate structures

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Suggestions on the exam Paper (P) means that the things mentioned can be physically photographed as objects or locations

Organic or inorganic structures (P) Complex skeletons – organic and human – exoskeletons (lobsters, crabs, spiders)(P) Man-made structures – buildings showing their structures when being built (P) Skeletonised leaves (P) – intricacy and delicacy of natural structures Compositions of any artwork – mathematical rules – order in art and architecture Defy gravity Enormous scale and impact Pine cones, pineapples, grapevines, hops, ivy, bindweed (P) Scrapyards, building sites, cranes, restoration yards, derelict ruins (P) Crystals, molecules, geology, fossils, footprints, tracks (P) Stadiums, orchestras, rock concerts, floodlights, staircase (P) Motorways, railways, runways, dockyards (P) Flowers, plants, trees, fungi, algae, feathers, scales, shells (P) Nests of weaver birds, wasps and bees, termite mounds, baskets (P) Circuit boards, pipework, telephone poles, towers, pylons, skyscrapers (P) Shop displays, escalators, bars, libraries, theatres and cinemas (P) Gardens, parks, playgrounds, swimming pools, beaches (P) Dolls, mannequins, puppets, cuddly toys, Lego (P)

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Rocks (P) – seeing both echoes of the human body and larger structures Bones, seeds, shells (P) Scraps of rubbish (P) Work from fragments Crumbling walls, dilapidated streets (P) Pylons and street patterns (P) Storylines – breaking narrative structures Living organisms (P) Symmetry Visual ambiguity of shadow, space, shape, colour, reflection Constructed spaces and reflections Light and texture

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Links to AS Photography Exam Tumblrs from the past

(start at the top of the blog and

scroll down)

http://nadineshallowasexam.tumblr.com/ http://rebeccawebbasexamphotography.tumblr.com/ http://ashleyharrisasphotographyexam.tumblr.com http://ilinkarnicasphotographyexam.tumblr.com/ http://cameronwickersasexam.tumblr.com/ http://christinadrew-smithasphotogexam.tumblr.com/

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Level 3 (Emerging Competent Ability) C/D Grade Descriptive words & phrases: deliberate, methodical, predictable, broadening, flashes of consistency, emerging individuality, some reflection, plays safe, contextual references explored but lacks relevance, adequate control over formal elements, pursues aims and makes progress.

AO 1: Developing ideas & artist analyses

You will have a definite and solid creative idea that is linked to the theme and you will pursue this idea all the way through the project to the exam outcomes. This idea will probably be a very ‘safe’ and quite ‘literal’ (straightforward not imaginative). The idea will develop in a step by step way (each step being a small move forward with no sudden flashes of inspiration). You will have completed most of your analyses but you will not have answered the correct questions in enough depth, the links between the artists’ photos and your idea will be superficial (no depth), the analyses will not really focus on the intentions of the artists and there will be a lack of quotes.

AO 2: Experimenting with resources & refining work

You will experiment with techniques you know and are reasonably competent in using (although these techniques might not be the best ones to select in relation to your idea). Your experiments will be very predictable, although every now again you will show hints of being more creative & imaginative with the materials. The quality of your work will improve gradually as you proceed through the project.

AO 3: Quality of your recording (quality of the photographs) & quality of your reflections (annotations and decisions made as a result of those reflections).

You will be able to handle the formal elements (composition, exposure, focusing) in a reasonable way but there will be dips in quality. You will demonstrate that when you do get it right, you can get it right for a few photographs, not just 1 or 2. You have reflected on your work and there will be evidence of this both in your practical work and in your annotations. You will have mostly completed the annotations but it feels as if you are just ‘going through the motions’ as opposed to using them to really reflect upon in order to improve your work.

AO 4: Quality of the final outcomes & the links between the outcomes and selected artists

Your final exam outcomes will be predictable (taking into account what you have completed so far in the project) and your linking artists are present but links between the photographs and your work will be either irrelevant or superficial.

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Level 4 (Competent & Consistent Ability) B/C Grade Descriptive words & phrases: relevant, appropriate, individual, purposeful, focused, thorough, demonstrates intentions, contextual references and reflections informs journeys, sufficient control over the formal elements, realises some aims and initiatives.

AO 1: Developing ideas & artist analyses

You will have good and individual creative ideas that are linked to the theme and which you will have considered in some depth. You will pursue these ideas with a strong creative intention through the project to the exam outcomes. These ideas will probably have some literal elements but also touches of individuality. You will have completed most of your analyses and you will have answered the set questions in enough depth demonstrating some well-considered links between the artists’ photos and your idea. In the analyses you will really try to answer the questions in some depth and there will be enough quotes, which you have mostly used to back up your points.

AO 2: Experimenting with resources & refining work

You will experiment with techniques you probably know but you will make sure that they are completely relevant and appropriate to your concept (idea). Your experiments will be very purposeful and you will learn from them and move on to trying something a bit more creative & imaginative with the materials. The quality of your experiments will be consistent throughout the project and you will make steady progress with your handling of the materials.

AO3: Quality of your recording (quality of the photographs) & quality of your reflections (annotations and decisions made as a result of those reflections).

You will be able to control the formal elements (composition, exposure, focusing) in an appropriate and consistent way with only 1 or 2 dips in quality. You will be able to reflect on the quality & direction of your work and there will be clear evidence of this in both your practical work and in your annotations. You will be able to take the annotations quite seriously and think about the progress you have made and how to improve your work in the next stage of the project.

AO4: Quality of the final outcomes & the links between the outcomes and selected artists

Your final exam outcomes will be a solid and effective response to your original intentions. Your linking artists will be present and the links between the artists’ photographs and your work will be purposeful and relevant.

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Level 5 (Confident & Assured Ability) A/B Grade Descriptive words & phrases: diverse, effective, coherent, imaginative, informed, some perception, satisfies creative intent, engaged, exciting, refined, contextual references inspire creativity, consistent control over the formal elements, realises aims.

AO 1: Developing ideas & artist analyses You will have a range of exciting and imaginative ideas that are linked to the theme in a creative and slightly abstract way which you will have seriously considered. You will pursue these ideas in a focused and sustained way all the way through the project to the exam outcomes. You will have completed all of your analyses and you will have answered nearly all the set questions in good depth demonstrating perceptive links between the artists’ photographs and your ideas. In the analyses you answer the questions in good depth and there will extensive use of very relevant quotes, which you have used to effectively back up your points.

AO 2: Experimenting with resources & refining work You will experiment with a number of well- considered yet exciting techniques which can border on the ‘cutting edge’. Your experiments will be sustained and pushed as far as they can and you will learn from these experiments. The quality of your experiments will be consistent throughout the project and you will make exciting progress with your handling of the materials. Your work will improve in quality as you progress through the project. AO3: Quality of your recording (quality of the photographs) & quality of your reflections (annotations and decisions made as a result of those reflections). You will be able to control the formal elements (composition, exposure, focusing) in a consistently controlled, yet very perceptive way with no dips in quality. You will be able to reflect on the quality & direction of your work with perceptive insight and there will be clear evidence of this in both your practical work and in your annotations. You will write your annotations in good depth and really examine and constructively criticise the progress you are making and how to improve your work in the next stage of the project. AO4: Quality of the final outcomes & the links between the outcomes and selected artists Your final exam outcomes will be an exciting and imaginative response to your original intentions. The links between the artists’ photos and your work will be effective, coherent and perceptive.

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UPLOADING ORDER OF THE PROJECT Text Post: (Title Caption Box) L6 PHOTOGRAPHY MOCK EXAM PROJECT – STRUCTURES Text Post: (Title Caption Box) Brainstorm of ideas (in the main box) Upload brainstorming ideas (Task 2) Photo Post: Upload 4 photographs by 4 different photographers that is inspirational to your starting ideas. (In the box below) Write the names of the artists underneath and a couple of sentences about why you find them interesting or inspirational (Task 3)

Text Post: (Title Caption Box) Initial Ideas & Non Artist Links (In the main box) Upload Task 4 Photo Post: Upload a minimum of 6 – 8 edited initial photographs from photo-shoot 1 (Task 6) (In the box below) Annotate this set of photographs (Task 7) Text Post: (Title Caption Box) Artist Analysis 1 (Task 8) Photo Post: Upload a minimum of 6 – 8 edited developmental/experimental photographs based on edited photos from Photo-shoot 1(Task 9) (In the box below) Annotate this set of imagery (Task 10) Text Post: (Title Caption Box) Artist Analysis 2 (Task 11)

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Photo Post: Upload a minimum of 6 – 8 edited initial photographs from photo-shoot 2 (Task 13) (In the box below) Annotate this set of photographs (Task 14) Text Post: (Title Caption Box) Artist Analysis 3 (Task 15)

Photo Post: Upload a minimum of 6 – 8 edited developmental/experimental photographs based on edited photos from Photo-shoot 2 (Task 16) (In the box below) Annotate this set of imagery (Task 17) Text Post: (Title Caption Box) Brainstorming Ideas for Final Exam Photo-shoot (In the main box) Upload written brainstorming ideas and annotate thoroughly. Explain the concept (idea) for the final exam photographs (Task 18) Photo Post: Upload 6 – 8 inspirational photographs by different photographers (In the box below)Write the names of the artists & a sentence about each photo explaining why it is inspirational to you. (Task 19) Text Post: (Title caption Box) Artist analysis 4 (Task 20) Text Post: (Title Caption Box) FINAL EXAM OUTCOMES Photo Post: Upload all the ‘final’ work completed during the 5 hour exam (Task 22) (In the box below) Briefly annotate this set of imagery (Task 23 )

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Examples of photographers who have taken photographs which link in some way to the theme of ‘Structures’

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Architectural Structures

Wolfgang Mothes

Nicholas Goodden


Cole Thompson

Marcus Studtmann


The structure of what is reality and what is reflection

Maja Topcagic

Yafic Yusman


Mark Dorf

Cody William Smith


Interrupted Structure

Ingvar Kenne


Street Patterns

The Boyle Family


Geometric Structures

Elise Windsor

David Copithorne

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