During my TAOP module, I worked in almost isolation apart from the support I received from a few Facebook friends and from a guy I corresponded with, who was based in Japan, and at the same level as me with the OCA. This time round, I am lucky to have established a support base, which includes a group of students, all studying various levels of DPP, where we can share ideas, worries and general musing over our work during the module.
Having finished my first exercise, I had a quick look over the work of my colleagues to see if I am on the right track, and it has really dawned on me that my background and digital knowledge within photography is seriously behind everyone else and I have a long way to go to catch everyone up – if I ever do. My tutor has suggested that I finish my first assignment by February 28th, which is less than 4-weeks away and I really do not think I am going to do it.
Over the weekend, I was speaking with my husband about my photography and he asked me why I always felt like I was behind with everything (which I do feel), I couldn’t really answer him at the time, but thinking about this today I could give him two answers to the question. Firstly, as mentioned above, my background knowledge on everything photography is null, so it takes me a while to do some research and to really understand what it is the exercises are asking of me – after all, gaining a knowledge and understanding about photography is the reason why I took this course in the first place, and secondly, as I am concentrating on this work towards gaining a degree, I feel that I need to document everything I do, think or feel, which unfortunately takes time and lots of effort.
So, although I feel a little pressure, I am really enjoying this course of study and feel that I am really getting to grips with it all, one blog post at a time …