Tutor’s formative feedback for Assignment Five

Tutor’s Report.

Shaun Mullins LDS-5

To review my Tutor’s formative feedback for assignment 5 please click on the above link.

Please also see: Learning summary for section & assignment 5

My Tutor included some links in his report for me to review that I found very interesting.


I liked his method of video by Simon Norfolk for his this project which for another photographer revealed his secret as to how he created the image to include the long line of fire.  My Tutor included this link to demonstrate the idea of using audio narrative to supplement or place of text in a video presentation as well as the use of metaphor for the intended message.


This link to thehighline.org with Joel Sternfeld’s images of the old abandoned railway line in New York indicates Sternfeld’s involvement with this old railway line from discovering it as simply an abandoned and forgotten space to helping to save and support it as a re-discovered and important space to local community as a park.


This link which is an interview with Richard Misrach about his photo-book “Chronologies” discusses his life and work in photography and his choice of images that he has chosen for his book and how he decided to place them in the order that he did. Misrach explains that he did not include much text with his work as he put the images in a time line chronology and he felt the pictures could tell their own stories. What is most interesting about my Tutor’s point in using this example is the coincidence that I am at present reading about the theory of time in a physics book about quantum gravity. My Tutor quotes Misrach’s comments about the process of turning a page as marking the passage of time. In quantum mechanics the Universe is examined under the microscope to a very very tiny scale called the ‘Plank Scale’, in this realm time is made up of tiny individual events that are known as causal events and each event causes other events known as a network of relationships. Each event acts just like letters read at a speed to make a words, to create a sentences and on and on until the page is turned and a story emerges. I am fascinated in this idea of how the Universe works and I wonder if I can get artistic ideas from these theories.


In this link my Tutor has sent the topic is understanding the difference of narrative to story and how important it is for photographers to understand the difference. I am not sure that this article was very helpful, though my own interpretation is that a narrative doesn’t need to follow the rules of a story in such as a beginning, middle and end. I believe that a narrative can describe an event or subject and it can put across a point-of-view, a narrative can talk about the past, present or future. I believe that a typical story is told from the point-of-view of a witness or third-party but not exclusively and is mostly subjective and often told after the events described. Good fictional stories all need the basic rules of establishment, development, climax and epilogue, a narrative does not. However, it appears the word narrative means different things to different people and seems to be used interchangeably with story; so I suspect that this is a topic that can create much debate.

“Context in landscape, people in the landscape, see John Davies in Clarke, 1997, ‘The Photograph’. Oxford University Press, Chapter 4.

Clarke (1997) The Photograph Landscape Key Words   click to read my blog.

Film/Moving Image


An interesting video begining with a short film of an Afghanistan cleaning the componants  and reassembling his Kalashnikov assault rifle with an audio dialogue from Simon Norfolk narrating an essay of experiences of Afghanistan as a country and culture  followed by a slide show of various views photographed over a period of a year.

I liked the short film as it both represented a popular idea of Afghanistan, whilst connoting an idea of tragedy that is heavily embroidered into this countries past and present.

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