What to write in the annotations
What you are doing in the annotations is communicating to the reader / examiner what your intentions are regarding your creative work and then what you think about the work you have created and what you have learnt from doing it. What we don’t want to see is a list of things that you did in order i.e. ….. then I took photos of some kittens and after that I edited them using Viveza, and then I printed them out and then I sewed into them … etc. NO – DON’T DO THIS!
Annotations are usually divided into 3 different sections. Section 1: Pre Annotation: In this section, you will write about what you are intending to do in your next set of photos and why. Also what you are hoping to achieve in your set of photographs (you write this in future tense i.e. I will / I intend to / my aim is etc.) Example: ‘In the next set of photographs, what I am hoping to focus on are the objects that are associated with gambling, such as dice and poker chips. I’m planning to take these objects in a dark studio with a spotlight on the objects themselves because I want to create an atmosphere similar to a ‘poker night’ venue. Also I want to suggest a feeling of uncertainty into the photographs through the surrounding dark, negative space in order to symbolise the uncertainty of the future of many gamblers’.
Below this bit of writing, you place you set of photographs, then in the post below that, you write Section 2. Section 2: Post Annotation & Evaluation: In this section, you reflect on the work you have just completed (you will write this in past tense i.e. I did / I completed / I am happy / etc.) Try to focus on the reasons why you think this. Example: ‘Upon reflection, I am happy with the quality of my photographs. Technically the photographs were successful, they are clean and sharp and I believe that in most cases, the composition within them are in dramatic and quite dynamic. Looking at the photos now, II don’t think that I used a wide enough range of objects in my photo-shoots and as a result there is not enough variation in the scale of the pieces. I think that editing them into more muted colours worked well though because it kept the viewer’s interest on the selection of objects as a whole and not draw attention to the bright red sections of the poker chips and red cards.’ 12
Below this bit of writing you place Section 3 (see next slide)