Having turned the corner in my earlier fears, Part 4 saw me starting to enjoy the course more.
This was helped by an interest in how advertising and politics manipulate and manage the messages we receive, so I found the exercises to be particularly interesting. An online subscription to Source magazine provided a steady stream of Advertising articles by Judith Williamson which I found fascinating.
The impact of titles was something I discussed with my tutor as an area I’d not previously looked at in detail. I noted my tendency to give images tight titles which forces the viewer down my intended meaning – I learned to be less directive and allow space for the viewer to explore their own meaning more.
This has made me much more aware of the coded messages that I consciously or unconsciously include within my own work, which I feel comes through as a more self assured result in Assignment 4. While this is a personal reflection of life inspired by a poem from Edward Thomas, it opens up the viewer to make their own conclusions about their relationship with the past, present and future.