Professional Experience – Presentation Video


Day 20 – Professional Experience

Solihull College – Classroom Assistant

Today i was to contribute to the tutorial about getting the 1st year ND students to think about University and Further Education. I accompanied Emma Clarke who took the First Class and Dawn in the 2nd Class. I was required to chip in with my thoughts and experiences. I was asked to share my Knowledge and experience throughout the tutorial. The main point i wanted to pass onto these students was to make the most of the support they have at college, especially with applying to university. I explained how i had finished college and worked for 2 and a half years and then when i decided to apply for university had a real hard time completing my application because i had always had my mind set on that i wasnt going to go, which is why i never listened when we were being taught about how to go about applying. It was nice to spend some time today talking about something i am currently involved in, i was asked to tlak abit about coventry university and the course and it seemed to motivate some of the students to start thinking about their education future. In the afternoon i found myself taking a class on my own. Emma had some Paperwork and marking to be getting on with so she asked if i wouldnt mind taking the class while she did her work. i was a little nervous but i felt confident enough now that i had gotten to know the students a little better. I went round the class often and checked what students were up to and made sure they were doing something productive. Some of them went to the darkroom while others were in the classroom on research tasks. I had to help organise a few of them in regards to the fact they had a deadline to meet tomorrow and i was helpig them get together a plan of action for getting everything done on time. I felt like i recalled my Teamwork skills here from my mediating with the big group in the exhibition we put on. I helped each student by talking through what they had left to do and the time frame of doing it. I also spent alot of time talking to students personally about my university experiences and i feel that my workds and advice were really taken notice of more on a personal level one on one. i realised that there is only so much as a big group or class you can talk about but you really have got to approach each student individually as much as possible to make sure that both parties are awae of the others requirements as well as a Teacher should be aware of how to try and develop the Student.

Teamwork Reflection – Professional experience

I’m going to take some time now to reflect on my Teamwork skills. Now that i am coming to the end of this professional experience module i have found it the right time to think and analyse the pursuits i have been involved in. During my selected placements and endevours i have had to spend alot of time working in Teams. The main ones in particular being the Exhibition Experiences and also The Classroom Assisting. During the exhibitions there were strong roles which people tended to stick to. My time working with the Clarke Gallery as an Exhibition Assistant i believe i dealt with my responsibilities well. I tended to focus on my tasks in particular and getting them done within the time frame needed for the rest of the group. When i was hanging work for example, i only had the equipment needed for this for a limited amount of time as another person needed to use it soon after me to make sure their work was up on he wall on time aswell. Therefore i had to work to a strict time frame. I think the most important part about this was communication and to be totally informed about the tasks at hand. Similarly, when Curating our own exhibition, the picbod exhibition i took the role of curator and found myself organising alot of people and organising seperate teams. I believe that my Expreience with the previous Exhibition helped me in this as i knew that we had to talk and make sure everyone was informed about their tasks and responsibilities. I enjoyed the role of Curator more. I think i worked well with the Organising and planning of the event and i made sure to rely on other people in the team to do their jobs too. I did find myself getting tired in the process though and this left me to asses that maybe i was, at points, taking too much on.  Next time i’ll be sure to keep my limitations in mind and not be reluctant to ask for help. Other members of the team that worked on the exhibition such as Alex W and Kye T had commented how they felt confident with me making the final decisions on things. They gave me their opinion that they trusted me. In a curators sense i think this is a very important comment and also of being able to talk about our roles with each other.

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Day 19 – Professional Experience

Solihull College – Classroom Assistant

I was a little bit nervous about going into today as i had been asked to prepare a short powerpoint presentation on the Exhibition i had just done and also a short bit about Coventry university and the photography course. i was to present to the HND students who are just getting ready to do their own exhibition for their end of year show so the intention was to give them a bit of advice and to show them how i had approached it with The Picbod Exhibition.

The Class of students was quite small so i gained some confidence quite quickly and began the presentation as i had briefly practiced. i wanted to make the presentation abit informal so there was free roam for people to jump in and as any questions. Once i was in the swing of explaining and talking i became more confident in front of the class and relaxed myself which i believe seemed to relax the students too. It made the presentation and the process more smooth for both involved. I felt like i was being listened to closley ans this made me feel quite responsible and more confident and assured of my own experiences. Doing this Presentation seemed to validate my experience for me. It seemed to put it into perspective a little bit and the other project i had done for this module, i was now talking about. it provided me great ground to take a step back and reflect on the things i have achieved through this Module. After my presentation i ws then asked to do it again for a seperate group, this time the National Diploma 2nd years who were a bigger group. I didnt let this intimidate me too much as i was still riding on the confidence of the last presentation. I went into the presentation informal and relaxed and i think this made it in whole a better experience. i kept trying to make it relevant to the students by giving examples of similar things they would have to do. I Found that it was really important to be prepared. I think i would have been more comfortable if i had really developed the presentation more. I didnt get the chance to show the videos i wanted to either so next time i think i would have to provide videos which are not online in case of no internet access or when a website is blocked.
Here is the powerpoint i showed today.


i wanted to keep it simple and tidy but informative. i chose a simple white slide design.

Day 18 – Professional Experience

Solihull College – Classroom Assistant.

I finally got everything aranged for me to go in and do some classroom assisting at solihull college. I am a little bit disapointed as it has come through quite late in the term in reference to the deadline for this module as i wanted to get alot of experience from this particular position as its a profession i am very much interested in for the future. I havent let this phase me though as i plan to continue this placement for weeks after this module as it will gather me some great experience for the future as well as being a great addition to my CV.

I started my day at the college at 10am and met up with Emma Clarke who is the head of Photography at Solihull College. I am going to be shadowing her quite alot during this placement especially. the first session of the day i was working with 1st year national diploma students. i was given little direction except for being introduced to the class. i decided to observe Emma for a short while and then continued to start conversing with the students. I found this quite nerve racking at first but once i started paying attention to the students the semed to respond quite positively. i started by asking questions about their work and what they were up to. They were currently working on a street documentary module which required them to shoot in the style of Martin Parr. This was a good starting point to try and help them with ideas. They had to think of some ideas on how to produce 5 images for their final piece as it were. I found helping them brainstorm ideas and showing them similar practioners was a big benefit and help to them. There did seem to be certain students though in the class who wernt as enthusiastic towards me as others. i Found it especially difficult today to try and talk about their work or any ideas, some of them didnt seem to want much advice or help. I didnt really know how to deal with this at first but i tried to encourage them to talk a little. There were one or two students even after my persistance still didnt want to talk so i moved on and didnt push them. I am making sure not to forget about these particular students though and will try and think of alternative approaches for next time to try and help generate some responce and rapour about their work.

Another Part of my day which i found interesting was being in the staff room environment. A place which i have never been. it was nice to see all aspects of teaching today and i think its important to maybe try and make an effort in the staff room with the other teachers. i think this could be too easily looked over and i should really consider its importance to get some advice and experience off people who are in the profession i want to maybe pursue.

Day 17 – Professional Experience

Website Shots for Mike Cutayar.

My friend Mike wanted some Photographs taken for his website. He is a Producer and sound engineer and was after some close up shots of his equipment and also background images he could possibilyuse in the design of his website. I went around his house with my digital SLR and a Tripod, i thought i’d best be prepared and take a tripod to help me compose the images more and also it gave me more freedom with exposure times. It was quite an informal meeting as we are quite good friends but i still tried to uphold my professinalism when working with Mike.
I found that i didnt really enjoy this type of work in comparison to what i had just done with the Picbod Exhibition. I felt as if i wasnt getting much out of the experience of doing this. All i found was that i was taking common images without much Artistic Merit. I really feel that i have made a decision today with knowing that i am the type of practitioner who still needs that Artistic or creative aspect to their Job for them to enjoy it.

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Day 16 – Professional Experience

Model Shoot – Alex Blair

My friend Alex is a Model who recently wanted a few new pictures to update his portfolio with. i said i would be happy to take a few of him aslong as he would keep my Authorship on the Photographs.
I decided to set it up as a professional Shoot in my bedroom agains a white wall, i rented out some Lighting equipment and set up in time for Alex to arrive.
When Alex arrived we proceeded to talk about a few things he wanted to capture and i worked with him on getting a result he was pleased with. i chose to shoot digital so it was easier to do this.  i dont usually enjoy photographing in A studio environment especially in a Fashion or Model sense but i fouf this quite enjoyable. maybe because i was more relaxed as i am quite friendly with Alex and it was a less stressful environment. i now feelas if i would be comfortable to do this again and now have some examples of what i can do i this situation of a client is interested in getting some shots done for a portfolio.
these are the best shots we edited dwn for Alex’s Portfolio.

Day 15 – Professional Experience

Picbod Exhibition

Opening Night.

Today was about the finishing touches and all of us were running around and wearing ourselves out trying to get everything finished. We still had a big issue with some of the work not being up on the wall as it wouldnt stick so we had to first find a soloution for that. The velcro wasnt sticking to certain surfaces so we found the soloution of using No More Nails adhesive. It Worked. We spent alot of time in the afternoon thinking now about the Opening. we wanted to make the place look warm and inviting and we wanted it to be more of an event and an experience to anyone who turned up. We decided we get some candles and insense and also get some music sorted for the main room. As the curator i had come up with this idea of letting everybody collect in the main hall, i wanted to make a trail around the exhibition to the main hall where people could stop and chat and spend some time. Hopefully then promoting the idea that they would then return to view the work and go on another trail. The way we did this was to make sure the work went in a circle around the rooms, it followed on from one another, after each piece you could see the next and then until eventually you were in the main hall to collect your free drink.

After we had opened it was still the case to keep up a professional manner and still concern yourself with working and oragnising the exhibition. I found that i couldnt let my guard down as much as i thought becasue certain issues like the toilet facilities and more Drinks needed to be addressed. It also became a great platform and attracted alot of Coventrys Art scene which Brought to us Gallery owners and other curators whom we could talk to.

I felt very Accolmplished after the Opening Night and as if it had been a job well done. We had all worked very hard as a team to make it the success it was.

Day 14 – Professional Experience

Picbod Exhibition

After the effective work by everyone yesterday we were in a really good position and running on time. The Advertising team were back on flyer duty and the cleaning team were back in the exhibition space to carry on tidying and to start thinking about getting work on the wall.

Before any hanging could happen it had to be decided how we would choose peoples spaces and positions. We wanted everyone to be happy with there space and also we wanted to maintain the option of having similar work near each other. We were getting into the Curating side of things. We decided to once again share our opinions on the space and draw up a plan. We also knew that we needed to promote a democratic way of choosing these spaces but also we knew we had to be vigilant and strict with a final decision and everyone needs to respect that. Everyone decided that i should be given the responsibility of the final say, be the curator. To help solve the issue i bought loads of post it notes and handed them out to everyone. I asked them to write their name on however many and place them on the walls or spaces which they liked or thought their work would look good or work well there. When this was finished i could spend quite alot of time walking round and visualising peoples work where they had suggested. Everyone seemed to be really pleased with this idea and the use of post it notes made it easy to reserve walls and also move them around accordingly. I really suprised myself with coming up with this soloution quite quickly and it really saved us some time i believe. I then worked with every individual in the group to organise and talk through where their work would go. Fortunatly i didnt have to make many hard decisions as everyone was really easy going and people tended to go with my suggestions. I found this the Hardest job of today, it wore me out a little bit thinking and trying to visualise space. i think next time i need to find a soloution for this, maybe photographing more space or making a model of the Exhibition space. We also had to deal with the issue of hanging the work which became another spontaneous soloution task. certain walls were very hard and were not taking nails or velcro. We ended up using string on certain parts which in turn became a part of those selcted pieces. Once again i really suprised myself today, i never thought of myself as a leader or someone who could take the front of the organisation of any event, but today has once again affirmed that for me. The only issue i can see though is that i wore myself out and might have taken too much on. This made me forget little details in the day which wasnt too detremental but in the future it could be something more important.