Richard Brooks - Reflective Journal

Richard Brooks - Reflective Journal

About the Artist RWB Journal

My work is informed by my personal faith, sense of vulnerability, bereavement, and, my personal experience.

My practice centres on addressing social justice issues of the human condition. I avoid making work of any individual person; so that neither, is the individual stigmatised, nor is the work unduly personalised.

Since January 2012 I have used this blog as part of my reflective journal.
Included in this journal is some of my documentation of my research; the underlined text provides links to web pages etc that have formed part of my research.
The Research Visits category includes some responses to gallery visits.

Tutorial [2012-04-26]

NUA - weekly MA sessionsPosted by Richard Fri, April 27, 2012 11:32:34
I returned somewhat nervously to NUCA today, following the Easter break. Unfortunately at the moment I am still struggling, particularly with having confidence in myself and in my work.

I was thus really pleased to have such a constructive discussion about my draft pamphlet and the latest rendition of my video. I was encouraged that they were well received; I was particularly encouraged with the feedback to my use of sound in the video and my use of different sized text in my pamphlet giving differing levels of detail and information.

It was useful to have some constructive comments about how I might progress with them; e.g. explore making the contrast between the paused TV images and the images of detritus/ gathering more consistent in the video; and exploring the positioning of the images in the pamphlet - perhaps so that they are not so conventional and encroach of the fold and/ or extend right to the edge of the paper.

This has given me some useful food for thought and reflection as I tweak the video and pamphlet over the next week.

It was also good to consider how my work might progress over the next term; as I feel the video is somewhat of a milestone, it seems to denote an opportunity for pause and reflection whilst I can develop a different work returning to my more usual photographic practice. I intend to continue to document instances of paused TV etc within my domestic setting and to continue gathering detritus from the beach - but on a monthly rather than a weekly basis; but I also am anticipating making a series of meditative, considered photographic images that will still be motivated by my deep concerns for social ethics.

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