Photography students recently held a weekend workshop in Leeds and Stan Dickinson went along. This is his report, and look out for Penny Watson’s report too, coming soon!
Way back in January 2012, the idea of a student-organised workshop was floated by a small group of OCA Photography students. I’m delighted to say that, nearly eight months later, after a lot of hard work from two students in particular – Penny Watson & Eileen Rafferty – it happened, on 1st & 2nd September, in Leeds; and it was a great success.
There is going to be more information on this website, from the organisers, so I won’t steal their thunder by discussing the process. And OCA was there to record the event, so there will eventually be information and excerpts to share via WeAreOCA as well. But just to give a flavour:
- It was a two-day workshop attended by 20 OCA Photography students, led by 2 OCA Photography tutors, and with 2 external speakers.
- Aimed at helping students to appreciate the transition towards levels two and three, and the wider world, it was actually of immense value to students at all levels, with attendees ranging from recent brand new enrolees, to those entering their final module at level three.
- Topics for the various sessions included – photo-books; the practice of photography in the digital age; semiotics; the genesis and evolution of a major project; the art of photofilm making; and a whole afternoon of portfolio reviews where everyone brought along prints of their work.
- Of course, besides the obvious value of the main agenda, there was so much to be gained from an event that brought 20 enthusiastic and engaged OCA students together for a whole two days, with excellent support from two dedicated tutors.
And, just to re-iterate, this was an event initiated, organised, and led, by two OCA students. OCA supported where possible; and OCASA funded one of the external speakers, from the fund that has been set aside to facilitate student interaction; but the organisation came from students, and the costs were covered by the attendees.
Everyone who attended, without exception, has stressed how much value they got from the event. Hopefully, Penny & Eileen’s efforts, with the positive feedback from those of us who were there, will inspire other students to do something similar. It doesn’t have to be on the same scale – or it could be even bigger, if you like – but the value to be gained is well worth the effort!
(Images courtesy of Amano Samarpan)