‘The unconscious obsessions that we photographers have is that wherever we go we want to find the theme that we carry inside ourselves.’ – Graciela Iturbide
The idea for this brief is to “explore and develop a personal theme or topic at a deeper level, experimenting and researching you interest in photography, both in form and theme.” This should therefore be something that deeply resides within me, and is something that I am truly passionate about. The only way to successfully make great pictures is to be totally invested in the subject matter. As the photographic brief states, the most important thing to do is to make work that “carries with it a sense of ambition and visual potency that would enable it to exist convincingly in a public space.” Regardless of whether my personal exploration is concerned with “subjects or situations” that are ‘out there’, or focussed on a more introspective matter, the work itself must be of a high standard and must show a clear understanding of both visual language and also the importance of extensive research.
Therefore, it is also important to engage with my own work, and the photographic practice of others at a “deeper contextual level”, rather than just surface descriptions.