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I&P: Assignment 4, Development

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Due date: 25th July 2021

Back - submission - rework - development - contact sheets - tutor feedback

Asg.1 - Asg.2 - Asg.3 - Asg.4 - Asg.5 - Preamble - Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3 - Part 4 - Part 5 - C&N - EyV

Batches - I-Spy - Batch 1 - Batch 2 - Batch 3 - Batch 4 - Batch 5 -
Subjects - Salvation Army - Railway - Hotels - Police - Post - Buses
Groupings - Conversation

Brief

Create a series of work (aim for 7–10 images) which in some way reflects upon the ideas surrounding identity and place that you’ve looked at so far in this course. Use the written word to play a part in its creation.
You may be inspired by a poem, song or a novel or decide to write your own fictive piece. You may draw upon other people’s words via eavesdropping or another source or use extracts from journals. You might find interesting textual accounts in archives in libraries that could inform this assignment. Allow your creativity to be spurred on by spending time with these words and reflecting on them.
Be wary of illustrating your text with pictures and vice versa. Allow for the viewers’ interpretation to be opened up rather than shut down by the pairings. You may decide not to include the actual words in the final production; that’s fine, as long as they have in some way informed the research and development of the concepts and have pushed the imagery further as a result.

Write a short reflective commentary (around 500 words) describing how your chosen ‘words’ have informed your series of images and make this available to your tutor alongside your images.

Reflection
Before you send your work to your tutor, check it against the assessment criteria listed in the introduction to this course guide and make sure that it meets all the criteria. Make your evaluation available to your tutor. Your tutor may take a while to get back to you. Carry on with the course while you are waiting, but please don’t attempt the next assignment until you’ve received your tutor’s feedback on this one.

Reworking your assignment
Following feedback from your tutor, you may wish to rework some of your assignment, especially if you plan to submit your work for formal assessment. If you do this, make sure you reflect on what you’ve done, and why, in your learning log. I&P, pp.107

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Jottings 10Mar21

[10Mar21] Text and images. At a loss until now, but as my extra homework for Asg.2, I'm writing about uniforms and this might fly. I wrote in the early hours of this morning. It approximates to:

Uniforms of employment + office
Uniforms of choice
Uniforms of punishment
of rebellion
of protection
of pride in the past (retired army)
Morris men
Teddy boys
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Go back and read Asg.2 as I've only just started it, but there's also the I-Spy angle.

Police interesting - recognition & function, then plainclothes for other tasks Derivative security firms (uniforms of spurious authority
night club bouncers are curious too - reminds of early BBC radio announcers in formal evening dress.

[13Mar] Uniform to be noticed (gilets jaunes) or disguised (camo).

[15Mar] Sporting, cycling, lycra, letts column, football jerseys an industry Stop bossing me! Why I quit the parochial church council (and more tales of modern Britain)

Be wary of illustrating your text with pictures and vice versa. Allow for the viewers’ interpretation to be opened up rather than shut down by the pairings. You may decide not to include the actual words in the final production; that’s fine, as long as they have in some way informed the research and development of the concepts and have pushed the imagery further as a result.

I&P, pp.107

Given my propensity for literalness (literality, textuality) and representation the 'You may decide not to include the actual words' might be wise.


[4Apr] A second idea - start it anyway because it runs into a possible Asg5. Look at the notes in the brown booklet. Eltham EP to SL, suburban development, time lapse new and old.


I-SPY

[1May] Here's the I-Spy People in Uniform (1955).


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People in Uniform, 1955

The book was published the year after I was born, so its contents a familiar to me, but society (and people, and jobs, and uniforms) have changed a great deal in those 65 years.

The uniforms covered in the book are listed below and I will comment on the likely candidates for the Assignment.

# Page Role Comments
1 3-4 Boy scouts 6 types, regular, Sea, Air and Scottish (kilt), hat variants and a Queen's scout. Although I have a DBS certificate for my debt advice work, I think it unwise to start photographing children in uniform or asking permission to do so. If it happened to be around armistice day, I could fill this one, but not until then.
2 5-6 Girl Guides Regular, plus Land, Sea and Air Rangers, Queen's Badges and Lady Cubmasters. see #1.
3 7, 9 Wolf Cubs, Brownies and proficiency badges. see #1.
4 8 Boy's Brigade Regular and Queen's Badge. see #1.
5 10 Girl's Life Brigade see #1.
6 11 Church Lad's Brigade Regular and Juniors. see #1.
7 12 Salvation Army Salvationist and Woman Salvationist. It's a possibility. Christmas would be easier. Do they still collect in pubs on Saturday night? (well, obviously not under Covid restrictions, but would they if they could?
8 13 Church Army Captains and Sisters. I have never heard of these.
9 14-15 St. John Ambulance Brigade. I-Spy lists a Sergeant, Private, Girl Cadet and Boy Cadet. And cadet badges. Armistice day would again be favourite, but maybe they still cover public gatherings, when hey start happening again.
10 16-17 Medical Nurses, District nurse and Ambulance driver. In with a chance here.
11 18-19 WVS & Red Cross is that still a thing?
12 20 Post office Postman & Young postman. No such thing as a telegram these days, but a postperson should be easy.
13 21 on the buses Bus conductor and ticket inspector. I don't think we have those any more.
14 22-23 Railways Ticket collector, Porter, Guard, Station master. Just a bunch in yellow tabards chatting at the ticket barrier these days, but there are the people who wave ping-pong bats to the driver. Steam enthusiasts would be good at uniforms.
15 24-26 Airlines Air stewardess and flight captain. BOAC ranks and insignia. Possible but tricky, without actually flying somewhere.
16 27-28 Coastguards Regular, Captain and District Officer, ranks and insignia.
17 30 Customs Now the Border Force.
18 31 Civil Defence Male and female uniforms
19 32 Fireman Just regular. I'll try asking at my local branch.
20 33 Police Higher ranks. Could be tricky, hanging around New Scotland Yard waiting for Ms. Dick to appear.
21 34 Railway Police It might be Transport police now. Possible.
22 35 Zoo keeper I disapprove of zoos. I'm certainly not paying to enter one, though I may nose around Regents Park.
23 35 Utilities It says, "Water, Gas, Electricity. Many of these employees wear uniform; Count your score for … for any one of them."
24 36 Park Keeper I'm not sure that's a thing any more but you sometimes see council workers tending the flower beds.
25 36 Bandsmen First find a bandstand or a parade. The Sally Army could be the place, were it Christmas.
26 37 RSPCA Still active, but probably only a fleece and a tabard.
27 38 Hotel Commissionaire and Page Boy (I thought it was a Bell Boy). Both possible in the right part of London.
28 39 Bank Messenger Presumably online now, but I'll ask/
29 39 Chauffeur Should be easy enough, but a uniform?
30 40 Religious orders Monks, friars and nuns. Maybe.
31 41 The Law Judges and barristers. Possible.
32 42 Tower of London Warders and guards. Expensive.
33 43 Chelsea Pensioner Possible.
34 43 The Blue-Coat Boy I had never heard of this. It is (or was) a school uniform for some public schools that derived from charitable schools. According to Wikipedia (2019), "Only one school in England, Christ's Hospital, still uses bluecoat uniform as normal day wear."
It might be worth a try, but it's in Horsham.
35 44 Sheriff Back to Wikipedia (2021), "The sheriffs live in the Central Criminal Court, Old Bailey". Unlikely but possible.
36 45 Church Bishop, Dean or Archdeacon
37 45 Cap and Gown Academics - unlikely these days, except on graduation.
38 46 School Hat Not a school cap, I-Spy points out, although they are pretty rare these days. Harrow is their example - the other side of town.
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I'll take a look at the later edition too, but just note the possible candidates - it is not so uniform oriented. And no page numbers. It begins with a lot of overlap, and then,

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# Page Role Comments
39 - Blind person With a dog. That's probably not considered good form theses days.
40 - Morris dancers Wrong time of year.
41 - Glasses Pince-nez and a monocle. Unlikely
42 - Facial hair Moustache and a beard. OK.
43 - A Star Personality The illustration looks like Adam Faith signing autographs. We'll see.
44 - Press Photographers Paparazzi
45 - The Jockey Not my thing. I have never been to a horse race.
46 - Sportsman The illustration is a footballer
47 - Clown I'm not much of a one for circuses either, but i might find a street performer.
48 - Scotsman In a kilt. There's usually a busker with bagpipes somewhere in town.
49 - A Character. Any eccentric seems to fit he bill.
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I-Spy
People in Uniform, 1955

The penultimate two pages are remarkable. I-Spy racial stereotypes - Scandinavian, Latin, Slav, Indian, Negro, Arab, Mongolian, Indonesian.

[13May] I have created a page of images from the I-Sky book that I'll laminate as A5 and carry around to help explain the project.

The plan is:
• ignore any uniformed children as the nation of an old man photographing children in any setting is likely lead to investigation and possible prosecution, even if a sensible explanation is available . Understandably, as I-Spy is a project for children, they often feature in the targets.
• a trip to Westminster will cover armed police (see Exc. 1.3), railway personnel, St. Thomas hospital, perhaps a bus driver.
• Along the Strand would probably net a hotel doorman, probably not a Bell-bay, maybe a chauffeur.
• Further along for the Royal court might get some legal folk but a judge will be tricky and might need the Spy Pen.
• I'll ask at my local fire station and if they say no, just be on the lookout.
• Similarly, if my postman turns me down, I'll just keep asking others
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If I decide to pursue the project, I can have a try on Armistice day at the local War memorial.

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Jottings

[9May] Then and now - drag in Barthes

[27May - Thu] If the weather holds I might venture to town tomorrow for a first run. Stop off at London Bridge on the way for a railway person with a lollipop signalling device. On to Charing Cross for the railway ticket supervisors. Then either along the Strand for the hotel workers and maybe a chauffeur or down to Parliament Sq for armed police and maybe the Scotsman. The Royal Courts of Justice are further along the Strand, but cameras are probably prohibited, requiring the Spy Pen Camera, not deployed since C&N Asg.2.

I notice from the Summary of proposed changes for Academic Year 2021/22 that, "Replace current assessment with 3 new criteria of Knowledge, Understanding and Application. Ensure existing Learning Outcomes are clearly mapped to the new assessment criteria." I'm in support of that, but not, "All reference material will be relocated to OCAlearn resources and will be wholly digital".
I responded to the survey, "I am entirely in favour of trying again with these definitions because both the previous assessment criteria and the current learning outcomes are ill-defined, manifest overlaps and confuse many of the students I have contact with, and confuse me particularly … I strongly oppose [the second] suggestion. It should be online, of course, but the printed course material is a vital learning aid."
I think I'll be an early adopter of the new criteria in my reflections.

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Batches

Batches - I-Spy - Batch 1 - Batch 2 - Batch 3 - Batch 4 - Batch 5 -
Subjects - Salvation Army - Railway - Hotels - Police - Post - Buses
Groupings - Conversation

Batch #01

Contact sheets

[28May] It is always a relief to make a start, however good the outcomes. As anticipated, this outing took in London Bridge and Charing Cross Stations and then a walk along the Strand for the Savoy Hotel. London Bridge worked well for the pingpong bat signals to the driver. I had intended to photograph barrier staff at Charing Cross, but that's where things got interesting. I was interrupted by a security operative who told me that I could not photograph there. I always travel with my RPS Know Your Rights card (fig. B01) which I duly brandished and was then told I had to sign in and produce identity, following which I was given a Contractor Pass that I hoped to keep as a souvenir, but had to hand back (fig. B01-2).

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1. RPS Rights card
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I intend to show, evaluate and select the images for Asg.4 by subject and so they are shown separately as -

Railway - Hotel

I wrote to the local Salvation Army church in nearby Welling to ask about photographing uniforms but, as with most of the Eltham Clergy for Asg.2, no reply. There is some sort of SA HQ near St Paul's, so I might call in.

It will be seen that a leitmotif of chatting is developing, including the armed police images already made of Exc. 1.3. So we will also need links to -

Salvation Army - Police

[29May] My experience at Charing Cross has prompted a decision to photograph at least some of my images furtively and include pairs in conversation. This is drifting, at an early stage, from my original stated documentary purpose but that is, as Fox Talbot observed, one of the charms of the craft. This avenue should not be a commitment and other final outcomes should remain in play.
I suppose it plays into the broader notion of I-Spy, and it does not help that I am watching old episodes of BBC's Spooks (2002-2011) at this time. I am getting to like this idea.

[6Jun] A thought for another target. At Eltham rail station and bus terminus, the bus parking area is overlooked from the main road and this would provide a possible vantage point to photograph bus drivers chatting as they finish their cigarettes before setting off for another round trip.


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Batch #02

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[7Jun] I tried the buses today. The drivers seemed less inclined to chat than when I'm waiting at the bus stop.

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Subjects

Batches - I-Spy - Batch 1 - Batch 2 - Batch 3 - Batch 4 - Batch 5 -
Subjects - Salvation Army - Railway - Hotels - Police - Post - Buses
Groupings - Conversation

Salvation Army

[28th May] (repeated)

I wrote to the local Salvation Army church in nearby Welling to ask about photographing uniforms but, as with most of the Eltham Clergy for Asg.2, no reply. There is some sort of SA HQ near St Paul's, so I might call in.

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Postpersons

[8Jun] A single image of a single postman made on 2nd June. This is a good vantage-place for posties on conversation as the local sorting office is nearby (the PO van in the background is exiting it).

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1. I-Spy People in Uniform, 1955, p. 20
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Buses

[7Jun] Fig. S06-4 is nearly a decisive moment.
S06-7 is a composite of S06-5 and S06-6 — I see no problem in editing images in this way.
S06-08 the chat between the drivers is obscured by windscreen reflections. There was no position available that removed the reflection and manipulation has made little difference.

No great images here, but S06-07 has been added to Conversation.

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Groupings

Batches - I-Spy - Batch 1 - Batch 2 - Batch 3 - Batch 4 - Batch 5 -
Subjects - Salvation Army - Railway - Hotels - Police - Post - Buses
Groupings - Conversation

Conversation

[29May] Fig. G01-1 was made for Exercise 1.3 and was one of the best of that bunch because of the nonchalant combination of idle chat and serious weaponry. I was reminded of this image when working on Batch 1 on 28th and that starting this Chat group. I'll try, but might not make a better one.

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I&P Asg 4 References

Boothroyd, S. and Roberts, K. (2019) Identity and place [I&P]. Barnsley: Open College of the Arts.

Fox Talbot, W.H. (1844-46) The pencil of nature. London: Longman, Brown, Green and Longmans

I-Spy (1955) I-spy people in uniform. London: News Chronicle Book Department.

Letts, Q. (2021) Stop bossing me! Why I quit the parochial church council (and more tales of modern Britain) [online]. thetimes.co.uk. Available from https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/6e3f2f58-8350-11eb-8dc5-6a6f238d9d27 [Accessed 15 March 2020].

Wikipedia (2019) Bluecoat [online]. wikipedia.org. Available from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bluecoat [Accessed 12 May 2020].

Wikipedia (2021) Sheriffs of the City of London [online]. wikipedia.org. Available from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheriffs_of_the_City_of_London#:~:text=As%20of%20September%202019%2C%20the,of%20the%20City%20of%20London. [Accessed 12 May 2020].

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