In the end of my last post I included a quote from my mentor that states “take with purpose”. This means that every photo I take and moment I try to capture, should be for a reason. I should be trying to convey emotion or an idea or an opinion that I think will resonate with people. In my latest and final photography 11 project I tried to put this mindset into use. My goal was to somehow capture how I am learning to be resilient to the weight of expectations, both my own and societies. I wanted the pictures I took to show how my inner strength is holding up these expectations. Thinking about my mentor’s advice I was able to focus in on the photos I wanted to take, instead of just taking pictures and trying to find ones that fit my theme.
Even though I had decided to do my inner strength project individually, without any direct help from my mentor, I did have a lot of help from my photography 11 teacher Ms. Vittie. Ms. Vittie helped me explore what I wanted to say in my pictures and what effect the weight of expectations has had on me. It was this guidance, mindset, and opportunity to share, that lead to one of my favourite photography collections I have done yet.
Now that the first semester is over it is time for my scheduled outline to come into effect, even though I have been familiarizing myself with my camera for the past month already. I believe that this jump start will allow me to have more time to explore all of the projects I am aiming to complete.
Using Edward de Bono’s strategies for agreeing, has been very easy so far with my mentor. I really respect and admire her outlook and passion towards photography, as well I was excited to hear about what she does in the classroom and how she can connect those activities to my learning journey.
On the other hand, I have been able to use Bono’s strategies for differing, in useful way. The problem that has occurred was how Kelly (my mentor) has had experience and is more comfortable with Canon cameras, as opposed to my Nikon D3400. We have needed to converse more about the differences between the two types of cameras and our personal preferences for settings. Ultimately I have realized that our differing is not a reflection of either of our opinions on photography, but more on the convenience of the tools we prefer to use. I have decided that I would take this possible obstacle, and turn it into a gift, giving me more independence for learning as well as having more knowledge of both types of cameras.
Now, following de Bono’s strategies, is of course is the big “disagreement” (duh duh duuuh!!!). But honestly using de Bono’s strategies for disagreeing has helped even more then expected. The issue arose when Kelly provided me suggestions for resources to help with my research essay and personal interest. I found that some of the books and websites were not as relevant as I wanted. In response to this conflict, I thought back to Edward de Bono’s tactic stating that, “you may want to disagree to show a different personal experience” and came to a conclusion to share these thoughts with my mentor, in a constructive and positive way. I believe that this will make our objectives more aligned in the future.
Well thats all for now, stay tuned for my next update on how my journey of mastery is moving along.