Signature Development means that you develop your own photography.
Daria Tuminas (1984, RU) is a freelance researcher, photographer, and a curator. In 2011, Tuminas graduated from Leiden University’s MA program Film and Photographic Studies with a thesis questioning narrative in photography. At the moment, Tuminas collaborates with a group of researchers and makers, and FW: books on creating a new platform for discussing photographic medium ‘Conversations on Photography’.
Peter-Frank Heuseveldt (1974), has worked for photo agencies as a producer/booker and a talent spotter. His current work allows him to pursue his passion of supporting photographers by helping them develop their identity/signature, which is key to telling their visual stories. Currently he is largely focusing on expo’s and gallery shows, while working with such visual talents as Viviane Sassen and Lernert & Sander.
Creating an impressive and consistent portfolio is a lot of work. You have to make decisions about content, combinations and presentation. ‘Kill your darlings’ is of course a term often used. Improving the quality of your photography is done by producing a lot of work, good and stimulating feedback and good editing. Building a good portfolio is taking your work one step further. It’s more then showing good pictures. How to unify all your images into one portfolio? Peter Frank Heuseveldt will help you, by giving inspiring feedback, based on years of professional experience.
Writing your Artist statement will help you to define yourself as a photographer. What are your motives, what is your concept, how do you approach your photography? All very important questions you should be able to answer. Also will working on your artist statement help you to become more and more the photographer you want to be. Start your journey by analysing statements from other photographers and the guidance of our excellent teacher Daria Tuminas.
Learn to talk about your work. Although photography is a visual medium, and the story should be told by the images shown, it is important that you can explain to others what your work is all about. How to express yourself? Improving your photography by getting feedback from teachers and your fellow students. Listen to their input and experience how different viewers with different cultural backgrounds see your images. Intended or unintended.
ABOUT SIGNATURE DEVELOPMENT (dutch)
In deze module leer je onder de bezielende leiding van Daria Tuminas & Peter Frank Heuseveldt om verbaal beter te communiceren over je eigen fotografie en over fotografie in het algemeen. Het schrijven van jouw individuele artist statement, helpt je tot nieuwe inzichten te komen. Door naar andere fotografen te kijken, leer je hoe hun werkwijze, concept en visie is en hoe dit tot uitdrukking komt in hun artist statement. Maar ook leer je in deze module signature development je eigen werk beter te analyseren en verder uit te breiden. Je leert seriematig werken en je fotografie te combineren in een portfolio. De keuzes die je daarbij moet maken zullen af en toe vallen onder de term ‘Kill your darlings’. Maar het presenteren van je werk en aan derden uitleggen waar je foto’s over gaan, wordt door het volgen van de module signature development een stuk makkelijker.
Naomi van Elsland
for the module Photographic Development II
(Second Year) as part of a serie portraits.
ISO 400 – 1/100 sec – F. 5.0 – 50mm f/1.4
natural light use