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U6 Photography Exam

Theme: Freedom and /or Limitations Date of Exam: UAB : Mon 23rd Apr / Tue 1st May / Wed 9th May UFE: Tue 24th Apr / Wed 2nd May / Thurs 10th May UBA: Wed 25th Apr / Thurs 3rd May / Tue 8th May Final deadline for all students: Thurs 10th May 4.00 P.M. Specific exam information now on slide 3 (timings / rules etc.)


The Index General information: page 3 Individual Project Requirements: pages 4 & 5 Suggested Uploading Order of Project: pages 6 - 8 Week by week breakdown: pages 9 – 11 Guidelines for Annotations: pages 12 & 13 Info on Artists Analysis: page 14 Definition of ‘Freedom’ and ‘Limitations’: page 15 Exam Paper suggestions: page 16 Different types of ‘Freedom’: pages 17 & 18 Different types of ‘Limitations’ pages 19 & 20 The Invisible Woman example: page 21 Website addresses of past students’ A Level exam projects: page 22 Assessment Sheet: page 23 Explanation of Assessment Objectives (Levels 3, 4 & 5) : pages 24 -26 Evaluation Questions & Examples: pages 27 & 28 Examples of photographs linked to the theme of Freedom’ and ‘Limitations’: page 29 onwards 2


EXAM DAY INORMATION Start Date: Monday 5th February 2018

Deadline for whole project: Thursday 10th May 2018 (4.00 p.m.)

Where to go / sit: Go to M104 at 8.45 to be ready for a 9.00 A.M. start. You will be asked by the invigilator to either stay in M104 or go next door to M103. You will not sit next to anyone you know. Morning Session: 9.00 -12.00

Lunch time: 12.00-1.30

Afternoon Session: 1.30 – 3.30

Rules: No talking to anyone for any reason except the invigilator / no phones (some students will be asked to submit

phones to the invigilator at the start of the session – based on levels of phone addiction already witnessed in class – you know who you are!) no music, no headphones, no Youtube etc. (unless you are editing your own film with a soundtrack.) No food or drink unless bottled water. No staying in the exam room over lunch.

What you can do in the 5 hour exam (these are just suggestions – you can come up with alternative ideas)

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A series of prints (which would be shown in an empty gallery - you can find an image of the gallery before you start the exam) A zine of your work (you can create the empty zine template before the exam) A commercial brief (advertising campaigns or posters etc.) Gifs / films etc.

Finally If you cannot remember how to do a particular technique such as a Layer Mask etc. You can write out the order of the different stages on your SWAY (in list form) before the exam and refer to it. Remember you will not be able to watch tutorials or ask the invigilator for help during the exam hours (although you can during the lunch time).

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All the individual Requirements for this Project

(this is the minimum, you should aim to do more for higher grades) Task 1: Write in the title of the project: L6 MOCK EXAM PROJECT 2018 – SECRETS, CODES & CONVENTIONS Task 2: Initial written brainstorm - (you can brainstorm either 1, 2 or all three themes). Write in bullet points – NO DRAWN BRAINSTORMS 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 ‘Secrets’ or ‘Codes’ or ‘Conventions’ you are intending to explore. Write an in-depth paragraph about the ideas you have in relation to the specific aspect of the theme that you are intending to explore and what personal connections you have to that idea. Find 3 – 4 non artists links (with at least 1 image from that link) that connect to your ideas. (Further explanation and help regarding this task is on the slides 10 & 11). Include a paragraph of response to what you have found out about through that link. Task 5: Take 1st set of initial photographs (photo-shoot 1) Task 6a: Write Pre Annotation paragraph/s then Task 6b: edit a minimum of photos from photo-shoot 1 Task 7: Write Post Annotation paragraph/s and Application Annotation paragraph/s (Help with annotations is on slide 12 &13) Task 8: Write Artist Analysis 1 (linked to the experimental photographs that you are working on next) Task 9a: Write Pre Annotation paragraph/s then Task 9b: create a set of developmental / experimental images Task 10: Write Post Annotation paragraph/s

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Task 11: Write 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 13a: Write Pre Annotation paragraph/s then Task 13b: edit a minimum of 8 photos from photo-shoot 2 Task 14: Write Post Annotation paragraph/s and Application Annotation paragraphs Task 15 : Write Artist Analysis 3 (linked to the experimental photographs that you are working on next) Task 16a: Write Pre Annotation paragraph/s then Task 16b: create a set of developmental / experimental images Task 17: Write Post Annotation paragraph/s

Task 18: Complete written brainstorming ideas for what to doing 5 hour exam and annotate thoroughly. Task 19: Find 4-6 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 couple of sentences about each photo explaining why it is inspirational to you. Task 20: Write 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 last set of photographs ready to use in the 5 hour exam Task 22: Final preparations for the exam (last minute organisation, trying out last minute experiments etc.) Task 23: Create Final Outcomes (prints, Gif, Zine etc.) in the 5 hour exam.

Task 24: Complete final End of Project Evaluation

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UPLOADING ORDER OF THE PROJECT Headline Post: L6 PHOTOGRAPHY MOCK EXAM PROJECT – SECRETS, CODES & CONVENTIONS

Headline Post – BRAINSTORM OF IDEAS Text Post - Upload the brainstorming ideas (Task 2) Headline Post – INITIAL INSPIRATIONAL ARTISTS Image Post: 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 3) Headline Post – INITIAL IDEAS AND NON-ARTSIST LINKS Text Post – Upload paragraph of initial ideas, then underneath the non-artists links you have found (articles etc. You will need to put in links to Youtube for bits from films or music videos etc. Remember to include still images if you can (Task 4) And write a paragraph of response. (Task 4)

Headline Post – INITIAL EDITED PHOTOGRAPHS Text Post: Pre-annotation (Task 6a) Photo Post: Upload a minimum of 8 edited photographs from photo-shoot 1 (Task 6b) Text Post: Post annotation and Application annotation paragraphs (Task 7) Headline Post Artist Analysis on (Insert name of artist that you are analysing) Photo Post: Place in the photograph by the artists that you are discussing

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Text Post: Write in the questions and answers for the analysis (Task 8) Headline Post: EXPERIMENTAL IMAGERY Text Post: Pre-annotation (Task 9a) Photo Post: Upload a minimum of 8 edited developmental / experimental images based on edited photos from Photo-shoot 1(Task 9b) Text Post: Post annotation and Application annotation paragraphs (Task 10) Headline Post Artist Analysis on (Insert name of artist that you are analysing) Photo Post: Place in the photograph by the artists that you are discussing Text Post: Write in the questions and answers for the analysis (Task 11) Headline Post – INITIAL EDITED PHOTOGRAPHS Text Post: Pre-annotation (Task 13a) Photo Post: Upload a minimum of 8 edited photographs from photo-shoot 2 (Task 13b) Text Post: Post annotation and Application annotation paragraphs (Task 14)

Headline Post Artist Analysis on (Insert name of artist that you are analysing)

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Photo Post: Place in the photograph by the artists that you are discussing Text Post: Write in the questions and answers for the analysis (Task 15)

Headline Post: EXPERIMENTAL IMAGERY Text Post: Pre-annotation (Task 16a) Photo Post: Upload a minimum of 8 edited developmental / experimental images based on edited photos from Photo-shoot 2 (Task 16b) Text Post: Post annotation and Application annotation paragraphs (Task 17) Headline Post: WRITTEN BRAINSTORM Text Post - Upload the brainstorming ideas for the 5 hour exam (Task 18) Headline Post – INSPIRATIONAL ARTISTS FOR THE EXAM Image Post: Upload 4-6 photographs by 4 photographers that is inspirational to your ideas for the final exam set of photographs. Write the names of the artists underneath and a couple of sentences about why you find them interesting or inspirational (Task 19) Headline Post Artist Analysis on (Insert name of artist that you are analysing) Photo Post: Place in the photograph by the artists that you are discussing Text Post: Write in the questions and answers for the analysis (Task 20)

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Week by week breakdown

This is the minimum, you should aim to do more for higher grades Week 1 (Feb 5 -9):

What you do not complete in class time, you complete as homework

Task 1: Write in the title of the project: L6 MOCK EXAM PROJECT 2018 – SECRETS, CODES & CONVENTIONS Task 2: Complete an Initial written brainstorm 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 ‘Secrets’ or ‘Codes’ or ‘Conventions’ you are intending to explore. Write an in-depth paragraph about the ideas you have in relation to the specific aspect of the theme that you are intending to explore and what personal connections you have to that idea. Find 3 – 4 non artists links (with at least 1 image from that link) that connect to your ideas.

……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. Half Term:

Task 5: Take 1st set of initial photographs (photo-shoot 1) and catch up on any missing tasks from 1 – 4

……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. Week 2 (Feb 19 - 23):

Task 5: Take 1st set of initial photographs (photo-shoot 1) Task 6: Write Pre Annotation paragraph/s then edit a minimum of 6-8 photos from photo-shoot 1 Task 7: Write Post Annotation and Application Annotation paragraphs (Help with annotations is on slides 7 & 8) Task 8: Write Artist Analysis 1 (linked to the experimental photographs that you are working on next)

Week 3 (Feb 26 – Mar 2): Enrolment week – no formal lessons

Work independently to catch up or try to get ahead by taking independent photo-shoots (studios will be open)

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Week 4 (Mar 5 – 9):

Task 9: Write Pre Annotation paragraph/s then create a set of developmental / experimental images Task 10: Write Post Annotation Task 11: Write Artist Analysis 2 (linked to next initial set of photographs (photo-shoot 2)

Week 5 (Mar 12 – 16):

Task 12: Take 2nd set of initial photographs (photo-shoot 2) Task 13: Write Pre Annotation paragraph/s then edit a minimum of 6-8 photos from photo-shoot 2 Task 14: Write Post Annotation and Application Annotation paragraphs Task 15: Write Artist Analysis 3 (linked to the experimental photographs that you are working on next)

Week 6 (Mar 19 – 23): Working Under Timed Assessment Conditions

Task 16: Write Pre Annotation paragraph/s then create a set of developmental / experimental images Task 17: Write Post Annotation these experimental images

Week 7 (Mar 26 – 29):

Task 18: Complete brainstorming ideas for what to doing 5 hour exam and annotate thoroughly. 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 couple of sentences about each photo explaining why it is inspirational to you. Task 20: Write 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 last set of photographs ready to use in the 5 hour exam 10


……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………................ Easter (2 weeks): Task 21: (If not taken last week) Take the last set of photographs ready to use in the 5 hour exam Catch up with any missing tasks from Task 1 – Task 20

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. Week 8 (Apr 16 – 20):

Task 22: Final preparations for the exam (last minute organisation, trying out last minute experiments etc.)

Apr 23 – 27

Exam Week 1:

May 1 – 5:

Exam Week 2:

May 8 – 12:

Exam Week 3:

Task 23: Create Final Outcomes (prints, Gif, Zine etc.) in the 5 hour exam. Take another set of photographs for the next 5 hours of the exam if required

Take another set of photographs for the next 5 hours of the exam if required Task 23: Create Final Outcomes (prints, Gif, Zine etc.) in the 5 hour exam.

Take another set of photographs for the next 5 hours of the exam if required Task 23: Create Final Outcomes (prints, Gif, Zine etc.) in the 5 hour exam. Task 24: Complete final end of project evaluation

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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)


Section 3: Application Annotation: In this section, you will write in what you intend to do in the next set of photographs or experiments (you write this in future tense i.e. I will / I intend to / my aim is etc.) Example: ‘Moving on from this set of photographs, I think that what I intend to do next is to symbolically show how gambling addiction has the potential to wreck people’s lives. My ideas for this is to print out some of the photographs and experiment with a couple of different art-based techniques in order to ‘wreck’ the photographs. I have been researching the work of Lucas Simoes who burnt his photographs and at the moment I think that I will start with this technique and see what creative results I can achieve.

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Help with writing the artist analyses

In this project, you will all be writing different types of artist analyses and therefore you will be answering different sets of questions. The questions have been divided up into 5 different categories: Set 1 - Portraits Set 2 - Landscapes & Architecture Set 3 - People & Fashion Set 4 - Objects Set 5 - Creative (experimental / abstract etc.) Please find the appropriate sets of questions in one of the 5 booklets on www.cathavering.tumblr.com

Example of the Landscape & Architecture Booklet on the right. Please follow instructions inside

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Dictionary definition of Freedom * The power or right to act, speak or think as one wants * The state of not being imprisoned or enslaved * Unrestricted use of something. * The power of self-determination attributed to the will * The power to determine action without restraint.

Dictionary definition of Limitations * A limiting rule or a restriction. * The action of limiting something

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Suggestions on the exam Paper (for Fine Art, Graphics, 3D, Photography & Textiles) (P) means that the things mentioned can be physically photographed as objects or locations fences (p) barriers borders chains (p) ropes (p) binding (p) ditches (p) tidal reaches (p) city limits (p) arcs intersections parabolas (mathematical planes) mathematical forms captivity confinement prisons (p) offices (p) cells (p) stresses cracks (p) breaking points free expression political freedom debates discussion argument protest travel exploration independence leisure holidays escape dance eccentricity abandonment rescue flight birds (p) aeroplanes (p) clouds (p) thermals running jumping falling swimming diving swirls marks gestures colours leotards (p) cycling clothes (p) clothes (p) flowing fabrics (p) wetsuits (p)

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Different types of Freedoms Freedoms that directly link to the act of taking photographs • The freedom to break the conventional rules of photography • The freedom to extend the image beyond the frame • The freedom of the natural landscape (for different elements to blow in and out of the frame, for waves to move in and out of the frame etc. • The freedom to photograph what you choose (the freedom to move away from traditional subject matter) Freedoms linked directly with people • • • • • • • •

The freedom of unrestricted movement (dance etc.) The freedom you experience once you break free or escape out of something. The freedom of self-expression, free speech, free thought The freedom for people to think ideas that moves the world forward (technology, machines, robots etc.) The freedom to release emotions (crying, shouting etc.) The freedom to escape the real world (sleeping, dreaming etc.) The freedom for everyone to be who they want to be (male, female, gender fluid) The freedom from discrimination and oppression – the ‘Times – Up’ campaign etc.

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Miscellaneous Freedoms • The freedom to move away from the restrictions of ‘linear’ time / ‘past-present-future’ • The freedom to scavenge and go ‘mudlarking’ • The freedom of finding objects from one location and then placing them in another location so that they are ‘out of context’. • The freedom to see many different photographic views at once (using acetates) • The freedom of information (Wiki-leaks). • The freedom to explore the unusual / unexpected

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Different types of Limitations The limitations that directly link to the act of taking photographs • The limitations on photographers when following the conventional rules of photography • The limitations of the subject matter having to stay within the frame • The limitations of ’still-life’ photography (the limitation of ‘movement’ within still-life set ups). Limitations linked directly with people • • • • • •

The limits of restricted movement (tied up, under cloth, stuck in a box etc.) The limits you experience once when you are unable to break free or escape out of something. The limits of self-expression, free speech, free thought What happens when people are unwilling or unable to release emotions The limitations of the real world – the realisation of ‘this is it’. The limitations that society places on individuals who want to breaks free from a conventional life

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Miscellaneous Limitations

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Trapping things inside other things such as jars or bottles, see-through plastic bags The placing of objects or prints in glass jars The limitation of movement for Marionettes (string puppets) Doors & Windows to trap people inside The limitations of clothing (high heel shoes limits the ability to run) / buttons / buckles/ zips

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The Invisible Woman https://luanneseymour.wordpress.com/ Challenge: working within a square My self-imposed requirement to post on Instagram inadvertently created a secondary limitation – all the images need to be square. I know there are ways around this but I decided to embrace the challenge. I didn’t set my iPhone camera to square though. I wanted the whole image with the opportunity to crop later.. Cropping became part of my process and it has helped me take better pictures

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Links to U6th A Level Photography Exam Tumblrs 2017 – theme: Environment https://ronaldasslikascomponent2.tumblr.com/page/9 (scroll up) https://connorsavagecomponent2.tumblr.com/page/7 (scroll up) https://emilyrubinphotographycomponent2.tumblr.com/page/23 (scroll up) https://kiabuzarewiczcomponent2.tumblr.com/page/10 (scroll up)

Links to A2 Photography Exam Tumblrs 2016 – theme : Truth, fantasy & fiction http://abbiegormana2photographyexam.tumblr.com/page/9 (scroll up)

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Level 3 (Emerging Competent Ability) C/D Grade Descriptive words & phrases: predictable, broadening, makes progress, relevant, description not explanation, demonstrates

intentions, appropriate, sufficient control, emerging individuality, thorough, adequate control over the formal elements, contextual references informs journey, pursues aims with understanding.

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: diverse, effective, purposeful, consistent, skilful, coherent, imaginative, informed, some perception, satisfies creative intent, engaged, consistent control over the formal elements, contextual references inspire creativity, realises some aims.

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: independent, realised, sensitive, creative, sustained, highly inventive, critical, perceptive,

comprehensive, in-depth, insightful, original, genuine creative journey, refined, in-depth reflection, exciting, comprehensive control over the formal elements, contextual references shows some personal insight, fully realises all aims and objectives. 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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Project evaluation Questions Answer the following questions in this order * Do you think that your photographs in the prep work (shoots 1 & 2) are effective and of good quality? * Do you think that you really pushed your creative boundaries in your ideas and experiments for the prep work? * Are you happy with the final outcomes during the 5 hour exam? Do you think that you took enough creative risks or did you play it a bit safe? Please give reasons to back up your answer. READ EVERYTHING BEFORE YOU START WRITING This has been written from a point of view of a student who did a project on how people portray different emotions through their faces and bodies

Please note down every time that I have used the word ‘because’. Every time I’ve used the word ‘because’ it’s means that I have to give a reason for my opinion after it - this is important. Also provide an honest and balanced opinion on what you have done. This is also important! Do you think that your photographs in the prep work are effective and of good quality? On the whole I’m quite pleased with the photographs for my project because the composition in most of them have been really carefully considered and I believe that they created a strong visual impact on the viewer. I’m a bit disappointed with the contrast in some of the profile portraiture photographs because I feel that they were too flat and did not highlight certain areas and features that I wanted the viewer to be drawn towards. However I was able to correct this slightly on Photoshop, although I didn’t really want to change them away that much from their original appearance. I was far happier with my later shots of hands because I feel that I managed to use the lighting correctly and achieve a strong contrast in my work. Also I decided to really experiment with my angles because I wanted to achieve a slightly distorted look which would break up the connections between the different body areas.

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Do you think that you really pushed your creative boundaries in your ideas and experiments in the prep work? I think that I struggled a little bit at the start because I didn’t really have a clear direction about where I was going with my work, but once I had decided what sort of look I was after in my imagery, I then began to settle down and really consider what techniques might best work to achieve what I wanted. I think that my idea of combining close-up imagery of skin with different facial features really worked well because the unusual combination that I experimented with took the photographs out of the ordinary and gave them an unsettling appearance. Looking back, I think that if I had cut out the mouth section in my earlier photographs and positioned them onto models and then re-photographed them; then I probably could have produced imagery which was more unsettling and unusual. Perhaps if I had created masks from these photographs, then I could have used the models in an outside environment, which would have brought a new dimension into my work. However, I believe that given the time and the constraints I faced, I believe that on the whole my experimentation was successful because I was able to develop my imagery a long way from the starting point, and because I always looked for different ways to push my imagery forward by re-photographing my photographs. Are you happy with the final outcomes during the 5 hour exam? Do you think that you took enough creative risks or did you play it a bit safe? Please give reasons to back up your answer. I think that on the whole, my final pieces really reflected the level of experimentation I was constantly doing in my project, and I believe that they really represented what I wanted to do creatively with this theme. I think that if I had more time, then I would have felt confident enough to work on a bigger scale, and combine different materials together. I think that if I had explored more ideas, then I could have produced a more diverse range of final pieces because I would have had the experience of combining different conceptual elements together. I think that my digital editing skills really helped me to highlight certain areas within my final pieces, so as to draw the viewers’ attention to them, and I think that using digital editing really enhanced the quality of my imagery, especially the strong contrast between light and shade.

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Examples of photographers who have taken photographs which link in some way to the themes of either ‘Secrets’ or ‘Codes’ or ‘Conventions’ to be used for general inspiration. Please note that you will be required to research into the artists & photographers / look for interviews etc. if you want to write an analysis on any of these photographs or other work by these artists and photographers in order to double check what they themselves have said regarding the meaning of their work. The examples below are just examples – they are there to encourage you to think about what type of subject matter / issue / aesthetics you want to pursue. You do not have to select anything or anyone on the slides below to research further – however please have look through them to see if you can find any inspirational ideas within them.

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The limitations of imagery within individual frames

Beppe Bolchi

Brett Canet-Gibson


The freedom of the road contained within the limitations of a silhouette

The freedom to work against the expected use of the camera settings

Doug Aitken

Brett Canet-Gibson


The freedom to break out of conventional style landscapes

Jan Diibbets

Victoria Siemer


The Freedom to leave to 2D limitations of the print’s surface and to extend into a 3D structure

Sita Werner


Freedom to travel

Christian Pearson

David Keochkerian


The freedom to escape the real world

Laurent Chehere

Alicia Savage


The feeling of being trapped after having a migraine

Anne-Laure Autin

Freedom of expression

Frank Uhlig


Limited ability to see the model’s face properly

Nicola Davison

Rachel Baran


The freedom that butterflies have to fly away

Laura Makabresku

The limitations of jars

Gary Geboy


The freedom of movement but limited to the frame of the window

Pedro Correa

The potential to extend the image beyond the original image seen in the viewfinder

Robert Schlaug


Limitations of movement on the Tokyo Underground

Michael Wolf

Limitations of the frame


Using thread to continue the subject matter outside the limitations of the surface of the print

The limitations of 3D structures on a 2D surface

Christa Bowden

Noemi Goudal


The limitations of moulds but the freedom of movement on film

Jenny Van Sommers – to view short film, follow the link https://vimeo.com/123415257

The freedom that using mirrors provide


The freedom and limitations of ‘Scanography’

Louise Leppard

Natalia Drepina


Limitations of movement

Valerie Simmons

Flora Borsi


The freedom for people to be who they want to be

Nan Golding ‘ Trixie on the cot’

Eleonora Sabet


The freedom to extend the subject matter through reflections

Brett Canet-Gibson

Yafic Yusman


The freedom for people to be who they really are (celebrities without make-up)

Rankin’s photograph for Alex Jones

Chuck Close’s Daguerreotype style photograph of Kate Moss


Freedom of movement inside limited space

Freedom of movement in water

Yvette Meltzer

Alexander Semenov


Man made barriers creating limitations

The Boyle Family

U6 photography exam 2018  
U6 photography exam 2018  
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