Filling in the online application was as easy as gliding down an oiled slide. I was applying for a place, at a College of Further Education, to do a year’s full-time course in photography: the college’s website said that selection was by interview and I knew that was going to be the difficult bit.
I received a call a few days after I submitted my application inviting me to an interview and asking me to bring along my portfolio. Now that was a problem as I didn’t have anything quite as grand as a portfolio so I was relieved when it transpired during the course of the call that I could bring along my laptop to show a selection of my best images.
I deleted shedloads of photos from my computer back in January but the total stored had once again crept up to a mind-boggling number touching close to ten thousand. I opened a new folder in iPhoto which I optimistically titled Portfolio and then spend multitudinous hours scrolling up and down trying to figure out which images were my best. It is a measure of how much I still have to learn about photography that I struggled to decided which out of the many thousands had the most merit. In the end I had to make some snap decisions other wise I could still be gazing glassy-eyed at my computer screen in 2027.
I selected approximately eighty image for my portfolio and I suspect that many I included were all shades of wrong photographically speaking because I made my choices simply by picking those I liked the most. The best I was hoping for at the interview was for some kindly constructive criticism and a few pointers on how I could improve my photography so I was totally thrilled when I was offered a place.
The course starts in September and as I have some projects to do before then I am reading Henry Carroll’s excellent ‘Read This If You Want To Take Great Photographs’ but please don’t expect to see any great improvements in my photography until I am some way into my course!
And lastly apologies that it has been a while since my last blog post – I hope you had a good week.