OCA Tanya Ahmed’s work

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Benchmarking - Standards, Exhibitions and talks, Styles, Summaries and Pre-Work, Supporting Activities

Tanya is an OCA student who’s work was selected by Maggie Milner – an assessor for the OCA. She produced a video showing her work and describing what she liked about it. This gave me an important insight into what the assessors are looking for and what they find interesting. See link http://vimeo.com/42467929 and also her website at http://tanyaahmed.com.
Her work is of real quality, and each piece of work has an identifiable style and there is an overall ‘style fingerprint’ across all her photographs. Like Ralph Gibson, she seems to have a good ‘point of departure’ and a focused subject area which is borne out in the statement of herself in her blog – see below:-
“I collect, through my photography, accumulating snippets of meaning as I investigate how the interior environment is shaped by the roles assigned by use and decor. I consider the contrast between how the exterior of the city is presented and how we receive it and live with it. Not glamorous architectural photography, Becher objective or social documentary, but a subjective, cumulative approach tying experience, culture and physical structures together.”
She is the best benchmark I have seen so far – and It looks like I have a way to go!

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At a practical level, a good photograph is more about being in the right place at the right time and knowing what to take then the type of camera, skill and technique. My ambition is to show how anyone with a camera can produce great photographs when they visit London.

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