Peer to Peer Meetings

June 3, 2020

This is it, our last module. We are all excited to have reached this stage of our Masters program and chatted about books and online exhibitions and how we will make this final major project work. Each of us comes with a different experience and that’s what makes our group strong and supportive. We all pretty much have an idea where we want to be after we complete this program. As I speak about my project proposal, someone in the group is already recommending a good read for me – European Fields by Hans van der Meer. What a great start to a new module.

June 24, 2020

I didn’t know what to expect from this meeting, but it was to have a discussion about the final project and the ideas for the dissemination. We chatted about online galleries and creating virtual expos as well as creating group expos. Other ideas included public display (covid might make it difficult to realize), a book production, which was interesting from the perspective of my project dissemination. Presentation to students was another idea, which was quite interesting. Overall it looks like our group is quite creative and positioned to a good start.

July 1, 2020

We chatted about experimenting with our work and how to define boundaries for our projects. I think we all face that dilemma. It is so easy to let the creative ideas take over and lose the track of the project. We talked about a book design – Hilde spoke about it from her experience. Good to know that I can tap into her knowledge. We discussed having a plan B, in case the first idea doesn’t pan out and chatted about other methods of creating work, such as use of pinhole camera. We discussed the work of Bob Karhof and whether his work can serve as an inspiration to any of us.

July 8, 2020

We seem to be chatting a lot about work dissemination, which is really inspiring and makes me think about the context of my photographs and where do I see them end up. I notice as as we are more open about our ideas, the rest of the group is very involved in creative advice and references. As I share my concept of the “odd season” series of portraits of football players wearing gear photographed in an environment that is not accessible during covid, other ideas come to mind and before I know it we are in deep discussions about various contemporary photographers.

I sit here thinking how I got from exploring sports photojournalism to Ben Burbridge, yet I find these resources fascinating as they trigger a different thought in my mind about my project, make me think what am I showing in my work. A discussion about landscapes brought a fruitful concepts about having an empty background and emphasizing the subject vs having a background that makes you think about the scene in the photograph. And of course, there is always a discussion about covid and how it influences each of us and makes us notice the banalities of every day life.

July 22, 2020

We are getting creative with our ideas to present work and I couldn’t keep up with writing my notes. Someone talked about a virtual expo and the details how to set up. Another person threw the idea of using quotes as image titles. I think we are all concerned about selecting the right way to evidence our FMP dissemination and how we can connect our work to the public world. We chatted about Instagram (we all use it now and follow each other’s work) and someone brought up what3words app to this group discussion. Great ideas for our projects to let the world know about us.

August 12, 2020

I have been busy with my full time job and my work project. I try to join these meetings as often as I can though, as I always leave with my head full of ideas. It feels good to have a support group where I can share my concepts and get creative feedback. Today we chatted about Margi Geerlinks (thank you Hilde) and her portrait work as well as Rankin’s creative photography and Jan van Lierop’s work (@fotosvanjan). All these resources are fantastic and make me look at my work with such different set of eyes.

August 19, 2020

We discussed emotional connection to our work and intentions of our projects. We also chatted about the show and tell projects and had cheered up one of our peers who felt not strong about their work. Amazing how this group stood together in trying to find a resolution.

September 2, 2020

Only three of us ladies met today, but that didn’t stop us from having a great conversation. We all come to this group with different experiences and it is incredible how we can boost each other by sharing our work. We chatted about our projects and gave each other updates on our challenges. We always share some laughs too.

September 23, 2020

Covid seems to take over the discussion today, but we tend to always have each of us to talk about our progress and what we are working on. I envy Nick – he said he is almost done with his pictures. I think I will be shooting to the very end of the module. Hilde shared her 3D work of cloud prints – very different and amazing work. We chatted how light creates an image.

October 28, 2020

It has been a while since I joined this weekly group, but I have been very busy with my project and shooting. Only Hilde and I today. We chatted about our work and progress we made so far.