Setting up the Exhibition

Over the few days of setting up the Degree show Exhibition. I made sure i documented it. I wanted to document it on Instagram and i linked my account to post straight to Twitter. I was hoping this would draw a little bit of attention as well as me simply documenting the Exhibition set up. It was almost a way of advertising the exhibition because the online following can see it develop every time i posted a Photograph.

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I was also asked to help produce a Timelaose video of the Exhibition set up. Jack Somerset, Oliver Sharpe and Myself then took responsilbilty of this. I would set the camera up at the start of each day to take a photograph every minute.

Oliver Sharpe then Edited these together and this is the final result:

It was also finished in time for it to be inserted into the digital Catalogue.



Writing a Speech

A classmate (Oliver Sharpe) and I were asked at very short notice to write up a speech to be given on the opening night of the exhibition. We had to come up with something quite short that would sum up and cover a whole aspect of :

1. Our experience as a class

2. The hard work gone into the Exhibition

3. The thanks we needed to give

4. A reflection on our time at University

5. A look to the future.


These 5 main points were areas which we needed to cover in order to give a speech which would be interesting and personal. We had to take into account that we were also writing this on behalf of the rest of the class.
At first this was a really hard job, we couldn’t seem to find the right words. We took a moment to analyse why this was and realised it was because we were approaching it too formally. We realised that the formal nature doesn’t really reflect on us as a class and if we tried to relax a little bit and be honest, we could probably start to come up with something quite apt.

There was then the issue of who would give the speech. It was decided that i would give the speech on my own as it would be better than having two people doing it in separate parts. I had to call upon my public speaking skills which were strongly developed in the symposium module, and also give myself the confidence to read the words we had written. I have never given a speech before but i have made presentations. The speech i found was quite different, i had to try and talk to the whole room but also make eye contact to attempt to relate the words to every individual.

Here is a copy of the final speech.


Thinking about existing Networks

I have taken a little bit of time to reflect on how i could potentially build on my exisiting networks. This has given chance to think about the contacts i have already made over the course of my 3 years at Coventry University.

The above feature on Foto8 gave me great opportunity to be introduced to Jon Levy who is a very influential character in the Photographic Industry. I was honoured and privileged to have my work shown and distributed by him on the FOTO8 website. We have also been working with Jon Levy in the build up to our FMP. He has been mentoring us as students and this has also strengthened my relationship with him.

Above is a small feature i got with my work on the BBC. Thanks to Phil Coomes who wrote the article, he is also someone i’d like to develop more of a professional relationship with, i think he could be a good contact to keep close as he can provide me with assistance in editing my work and also the distribution of any new work i have.


Organising Meetings

It has come to my attention that there is some serious organisation issues within our group in the starting stages of planning the final degree show exhibition. I have decided and out it to the group that we should hold a weekly meeting which should be chaired and minutes taken. I thought of this after i considered my past experiences being a part of a big group who had certain goals to achieve within a certain time frame. For example, when i was 13-15 i played an active role in my Council’s YCG (youth consultive group) who would hold weekly meetings and have a budget to spend on projects for the youth of my Hometown.
I tried to introduce this idea of creating a set of goals for us to accomplish as a group within one week/by the next meeting, where then we could analyse it, improve and then progress.
I have offered myself to chair the meeting which means i have to display no Bias towards any Idea to make sure i dont have an impact on the groups decision. Therefore the Chair is not allowed to take a vote if a decision comes down to it.
So far it has been successful and the everyone seems to be understanding what they need to do and where they need to be at by the next week.
This week we have all got to come up with at least 3 fundraising ideas each which will then be discussed and thought about at the next meeting.

This could be a slow process but i think its helping us get the ball rolling and actually start to make a progression. Once it starts to snowball i think the more will get done and the more involved people will become.

Photographs from the Picbod Exhibition