Reflections – Thoughts at the beginning of assignment 5: Your personal project

The final assignment is your chance to do whatever you want with photography. You’ve experimented widely throughout this course, practiced key technical and visual skills, and learned about different genres of photography. Now you can put all that into practice in your final work.


As I approach the last segment of FiP, I am quite emotional. There is so much that I have learned on this journey and so much that I am yet to discover and learn. Every part appeared challenging and put forth new ideas in my mind and new ways to develop skills. Nonetheless, every part of this coursework was thoroughly enjoyable – even the ones that were personally challenging to me, like still life, turned out be great teachers and I feel like this course has taught me in a year what I had learned in my entire photography journey so far.

Learning from other photographers, from the excellent peer group here at FiP, I not only learned a lot but also received and imparted constructive feedback through the course. I have a lot to thank Richard, Sarah, Jonathan, Graham, Dave, Chris and others who have been so supportive and helpful in adding value to this course, providing feedback, pulling me out of mental blocks and just always being there. Their work was inspiring and motivated me to do more. This course not only helped in developing my photography skills but also helped me develop my people and communication skills. In short, this has been the best thing that has happened to me.

As I approach the last assignment, I am possibly going to attempt two final outcomes. As I am tempted to do the degree course in Moving Images, I have been advised by my tutor to try my hand at making a short film so that I get a clear idea of where I stand. Another very strong point that came across all tutor feedbacks is the power of a narrative. At various points, I was asked to attempt a narrative sequence. So possibly, I might also attempt at a series based on narrative.

I am excited for this final assignment and more thoughts on this at a later point.

8 Replies to “Reflections – Thoughts at the beginning of assignment 5: Your personal project”

  1. It’s been a pleasure to be on this course with you Archna and look forward to following your progress and developing our friendship over the years to come.

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    1. Likewise Richard. You have literally and emotionally supported at every step of the journey and I am so blessed to have you as a part of my journey. Thank you 🙂 You are a great friend and a lovely person.

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  2. I am sure, that whichever route you take – stills or media you will succeed. You have produced some tremendous images throughout the course. Hopefully I will be able to get to London when you are over and we can all meet. What a gathering of talent!!

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  3. This sounds so exciting Archna. Undertaking the degree in Moving Images feels like a major step, although my 6 year old grandson thinks stills are rather tame and has some impressive moving images taken with my eye phone!
    You have been an inspiration to me along the road we have travelled so far. Your encouragement has never wavered and I have felt blessed to have Your support. I do hope we meet when you are over and that as a group we continue to follow and support each other.

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    1. Oh, thank you so much, Sarah. I cracked up reading about your grandson’s comment – kids are way smarter than all of us put together, eh? My only problem is am so torn between the two – stills and moving images so it’s really hard for me to take a decision. I have been mulling over it for a couple of years already now.
      Thank you so much for your kind words of appreciation Sarah. They mean a lot. I will always be following you and continue to draw my inspiration by your wonderful work. You have lifted me out of many a mental block so can’t thank you enough for that. Best always Sarah. 🙂

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