Yesterday saw me in Birmingham, at their new library, to meet Steve Burke from GRAIN, who was going to review my L3 Body of Work.
Way back in November, I flew to Manchester and then went by train to Bradford to the OCA study day to see an exhibition and have a portfolio review organised by OCA photography student, Andrew Fitzgibbon. It was great to meet up again with another photography student Allan O’Neill who had attended one of our OCA SW meetings and who had participated in our “Work in Progress” exhibition in 2017.
In our discussions in Bradford, Allan had said that he had worked with GRAIN curator Steve Burke and said that, if I wanted to, he could introduce us so that we could organise a review of my work. Allan had said how easy it was to work with Steve and how he thought we would get on well discussing my work.
Despite Allan’s wonderful reassurances, I approached the meeting with trepidation because I know how subjective photography is, and how defensive I can be if people cannot see what I am trying to say with my work.
I need not have stressed at all because it was the best and most constructive experience I have had with my photography work. So much so that I tried to book on FORMAT for another set of reviews more to do with getting ‘my work out there’, as Steve said, than to hear more views about my work. As always with me and technology, there was a glitch in the system and I could not complete the booking. I shall persevered hope that Seb will sort it out!
The summary of the review and my action from it is here: