Last post

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Well this is my last post for this blog. We dismantled the exhibition work this morning and received our results and feedback, and so it seems fitting to spend a little time reflecting on that before moving on.

Results Results (1 of 2)Results (2 of 2)

Formal Feedback

Your attention to detail is exceptional, and you have created a very coherent and fully realised body of work. The idea of beginning with your body and moving away (My Kit, My House, My Street etc) works well, although when you get to “My Country” it is arguably less cohesive (is that subject too vast to cover?). Nevertheless, there is a commitment to your work and particularly its curation that is very strong here. You have approached this with a high degree of professionalism and this is demonstrated in the quality of the work. As several people have already commented to you this work deserves a wider audience and you should definitely pursue wider opportunities like the magazine interview and other exhibition opportunities.

Due to the extremely high standard of work you have made we can nit-pick on small details, such as the comment on the ‘My Country’ section above, one other small detail is the typography in the book, for example the page numbers on the pages feel unnecessarily large and the letter spacing on the titles maybe too much, however these issues are fully understandable for a photographer who is considering book design and type for possibly the first time. Please don’t focus too much on this, we only mention it as very small details that can easily be resolved in the future. The images themselves are powerful and striking with a sense of integrity.

The skills you have developed in curation and organising a complex body of work will be very useful in your next projects when working with your family archive and the blog has also been a vital tool for wider conversations which we are sure will be useful as well. It has been moving to follow the stories of your Mother and Father through photographs and there is another significant body of work there as well.

You have been a vital member of the course and we have really appreciated your contributions to the group sessions, your sense of humour and the way you have added so significantly to the whole learning environment for everyone, thank you and congratulations!!

Jonathan Kearney, Ed Kelly.

Exhibition Feedback
Some visitors took the time to leave comments in response to seeing my work in the exhibition. I will reflect on this in the next few days. Feedback (1 of 7)Feedback (2 of 7)Feedback (3 of 7)Feedback (4 of 7)Feedback (5 of 7)Feedback (6 of 7)Feedback (7 of 7)

To say I’ve enjoyed this journey would be an understatement. It provided me with a much needed structure and platform to practise my practice and to extend and hone it into something that will enable me to continue without the formal support system of academia.

But the timing was also important. With mum dying in August 2014 dad was bereft and would have swallowed me whole if I’d let him. Dad’s sustained psychological needs almost broke me and the work reflected in this blog was an important way of sustaining a sense of self and personal interest beyond him. Now dad’s gone and tomorrow I am due to scatter his ashes along with mum’s very near to where they lived for over 50 years. So that’s another ending.

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Next steps
Whenever there is an ending there is a beginning and so it is for me. There are currently three artistic things in the pipeline:

1) A new blog (here) where I plan to digitise and curate my late parents analogue photos over the coming months.

2) A collective shoot in Oxford with [(6)]  in September.

3) Showing my work at the Raum Gallery sometime in October or thereabouts.

So, as they say, it’s been emotional. But I don’t think the work would have been half as good or satisfying without all of you. Some of you I know and others I don’t, but every like, comment and suggestion has played a valuable part in helping me realise this work. Thank you.



About Pete

South Londoner struggling with life, art and photography.
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11 Responses to Last post

  1. Fantastic, Pete; wonderful to see this outcome – really well done.

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  2. Catherine says:

    Brilliant result Pete – many congratulations. I had a lump in my throat whilst reading the comments. You’ve had some tough times but still kept going despite it all. A brave, determined and creative journey and wishing you much success in continuing with it in yet new directions.

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  3. sbertram31 says:

    Congratulations Pete, you have been an inspiration!
    I have grown to know you aside from our online tutorials and despite having only met you the once (but that doesn’t matter as that’s the beauty of our course). Thank you Pete as your strength has kept me going through some challenging moments.

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  4. That’s fantastic Pete! Best of luck with everything!

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  5. Sooooo pleased for you Pete! Well done! I look forward to watching your future! X

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  6. Distinction = wow!!!! Lovely post Pete! It was a true pleasure to share this with you! Amazing book of comments! I see my daughter used her alter ego name (Sophie) to sign her comment, so funny! Tell me one last thing, how did you access this Final Overall Grade letter? Was it online? Thanks in advance, ttyl, 😉

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  7. Tanya says:

    Brilliant Pete! Congrats. You’ve taken us all on an amazing journey!

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  8. lynda512863 says:

    Well done Pete – what a fantastic grade. You really deserve that. I’ll be following your new blog with interest.

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  9. Brutally honest (apt wording, Trystan), cold and sometimes uninviting. Thought-provoking and truly an inspiration for many. However, for me, there is that wicked sense of humour and the poignancy aspect that runs throughout your blog from Day 1. The way in which you have combined your practice and at times the unsettling daily real life around you (i.e. dad’s dramas and dilemmas) should not go unnoticed. That must have taken a lot out of you.

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  10. paul490280 says:

    A little bit late to this but huge congrats on your achievement. Following your blog has been an insight into the trials and tribulations of a true artist. Well done once more.

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