Originally I was adamant that I was going to record my presentation as an audio video due to my lack of confidence within myself and my work. However as the weeks went on and we had the opportunity to present our symposiums gradually during each session to my class mates I begun to feel more comfortable with the idea of speaking in front of people. The support from my class was what led me to deciding last minute that I would speak my script out loud. I did pre-record my speech just in case I felt too nervous to confidently speak, but towards the build up of my presentation I re-read my speech until I felt completely satisfied with the wording and layout. It took a while until I was thoroughly happy with how it sounded, as every time I read over it I’d always find something else to change.
I found it helpful to have friends and family listen to me speak out loud and show my presentation to, as an outsider they were able to give me advice as to what they found interesting and what they found not so interesting. I found it difficult not to go too much off topic. My topic was about tourism and the way tourists learnt to photograph, however I found it so interesting that I’d find myself researching things which didn’t actually relate totally to my topic/title. I lent more towards the idea of the difference between professional photographers and tourist, amateur photographers, and the difference between digital and analogue, so I had to learn to be hard on myself and make sure I focused on the original question. I do realize that at one point more of my presentation held probably over 50% of information which was off topic, however I was put back on track after I presented it to my class and they pointed out that I spoke too much not about my actual question, it wasn’t too far away from our presentations dates so I worried a little because it meant I’d need to change a lot of my speech and make sure it was filled back up with information about my question without repeating myself.
It has definitely been difficult to stay focused on the topic, I enjoy tourism and I am a keen explorer myself so it’s been a really fun and interesting project to work on. All the research was of big importance when it came to choosing what went into my presentation.
I chose to include National Geographic photographers and speakers because of their well traveled background (one of my questions after I presented was why I chose to include these particular people). I thought it would show a good compromise between the tourist photographs and those from the professionals, as tourists will have and do visit similar places to the geographic photographers, however these photographers aim to show stories and influence through their photographs, however tourists normally use them as memories or proof.
Another discussion which was held within questions and answers after I had presented was whether this project had changed the way in which I take my photographs, as I spoke about the stereotypical images which tourists take. My answer was yes, it certainly has changed the way in which I photograph. I do tend to take longer with choosing what to photograph and as I find myself conscious of taking the stereotypical image. However the question was raised as to what is the stereotypical image, could it not be seen that because I’m looking not to take the stereotypical image but maybe it could be making me take the cliched photograph. Nevertheless I feel like it has had a positive influence towards my approach within photography, it has encouraged me to travel further with my camera, it’s made me motivated to share or in some way show stories through my photographs. Especially being able to research more on the National Geographic photographers, it was extremely inspirational to learn about the challenges they face and the determination they acquire. It has certainly influenced my perception as a photographer and even made me more interested in the nature, documentation and geographic side of photography.
I also enjoyed reading articles and opinions of how photography has changed our world. The amount of people who agree with the idea that we are unable to enjoy moments how we used to when we weren’t all able to hold cameras, it is something which I want to continue to research.
In a way I felt a sense of jealousy towards tourism, I became protective of my passion. The idea that everybody now has the ability to photograph the places I want to photograph is somewhat intimidating, obviously I was already aware of this, but it is scary to see how quickly and rapidly more and more people are taking interest into photography. The fact that my aim in life is to be paid for this practice is slightly worrying when so many other people have the potential and passion to indulge within photography too. Again, this is an extremely broad thing to discuss and think about, but it certainly became more relevant for me since doing this project but has also made me more determined and passionate towards my work too.

Here you will find a link to my PowerPoint Symposium – Heidi


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