Tutor Report for Assignment 2 – Contextual Studies

I have attached below my tutor report and annotated literature review for Assignment 2 - Contextual Studies. I have also reflected on what my tutor has written in the report and the annotated literature review so I can get a better grasp on some of the concepts we talked about in our telephone call.

Continuum (2014) by Chris Dorley-Brown

I have been encouraged to look more closely at Chris Dorley-Brown’s Continuum (2014) series than his The Corners (2009-17) work. That is because both my tutor and I believe this series is more pertinent for my upcoming extended essay and my project in general. Continuum (2014) shows change more explicitly than The Corners (2009-17) and utilises repeat photography like my body of work. I was a bit frustrated that Continuum (2014), which I consider to be an enlightening series of diptychs, has been covered so little by writers on photography. However, while looking for sources, I found that an essay by Stewart Home had been written inside Dorley-Brown’s Continuum (2014) book, available on Apple Books. Luckily, I have access to an Apple device so I downloaded it and here are my thoughts on the interactive book and its introductory essay.

My Thoughts on: Repeat photography, post‐phenomenology and “being‐with” through the image (at the First World War cemeteries of Asiago, Italy) by Tania Rossetto (2018)

I came across this paper by Tania Rossetto when searching for ‘using repeat photography creatively’. I am glad I found it because it has made me think about my own form of repeat photography differently. It is important to note that the paper hasn’t made me think about using repeat photography creatively as such but rather thinking about it differently. I may also be able to refer to this paper when writing the extended written project.

The Town of Tomorrow – 50 Years of Thamesmead

I was recommended by my Contextual Studies tutor to have look at The Town of Tomorrow - 50 Years of Thamesmead (2019) by Here Press. My tutor didn’t explicitly say why he recommended it but I think it might have been to show me how other photographers have approached large-scale regeneration in different ways. He did also say he was fascinated himself by the older, mostly black and white photographs, which pointed to happier, more hopeful days. I feel looking at other photographers is important even if they’re approaching a similar subject in a different way because it can open new avenues to explore or just show how there is more than one route to follow.

Fatimah Tuggar

Tuggar’s work in general disregards the believability element of photography (even though it is largely comprised of photographic elements). Instead Tuggar concentrates on constructing believable and telling relationships in the subject matter from which her montages are assembled.