In March 2013 I completed a course entitled Conceptual Photography at the Ontario Centre for Arts & Design. A different focus than other photography courses or workshops I have attended; it was conceptual as promised. Ultimately the course was about the process and not specific technologies or techniques. The end result -- the outcome -- of the process is a portfolio of some 10-20 photographs, although the number is really not important nor is it important that photographs be the final medium of communications.
My starting point was transmission towers. Those structures used to convey the power that drives our daily life.
Like many other forms of photography the portfolio should communicate some message, which of course is up to the author to determine. A subject is established in the context of the author's likes, dislikes, passions and beliefs. Again, this is like most other art forms that, without feeling, emotion or passion, the result is flat. By developing a portfolio one is implicitly stating that no single image needs to convey a message on its own; the package should.
The process then starts within the portfolio context then: a subject is selected; it is researched; ideas are developed, they evolve, they turn, they mature, they change. The subject is focused, the message refined. The great difficulty is narrowing the focus; not biting off more than can be chewed.
This study was driven by a course offered at OCAD (Ontario Centre for Arts and Design). The foundation of the course was the a process of exploration and refinement.