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Major Documentary Project Evaluation

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Final Major Documentary Photography Project Statement

Do Red Squirrels need our help?

I have designed a KS2 Education Pack for schools, that looks to inform the next generation about red squirrel conservation efforts and its national importance. Following extensive research I have targeted my work for a specific age group (7-11) that is the most appropriate for the project and will have the biggest impact. The pack is designed to gain the children’s interest and engage their attention by asking questions and providing hands on activities, working both individually and in groups. This will develop the children’s confidence, speaking and listening skills and also help with developing opinions and explaining and reasoning techniques. My photographs are used in the pack to captivate the children and provide opportunities for them to link images with facts and information that they have learnt, widening their skill set. The images contribute to discussions and questions about what the children are seeing and allow for more in-depth insights whilst also appealing to their love of animals.
I have had to collate my extensive subject knowledge and channel it into one simple pack that children aged 7-11 can access and engage with but are also able to retain the information. I have not been able to simply relay facts to them but have had to find ways to include them in teaching each other and finding out facts for themselves. By always asking questions, I am making the children think about what their own opinions are and challenging their perceptions of the conservation world. Whilst my photographs are a contributing factor to the piece and an allure to teachers who can use them as classroom resources (along with my audio piece), the main focus is the subject. Photography is utilised here to inform and educate. I have a specific audience for my project who I have a responsibility to educate and engage;  the future of these native mammals in the UK is relying on this generation to understand the issue, connect with the conservation efforts and ultimately help save the British red squirrel.

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Risk Assessment

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Class Presentation

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I’ve found it really hard starting my education pack. I feel very out of my depth and doubting if I can do this. However, after creating a powerpoint (baby steps towards the real thing in InDesign!) and receiving some encouraging feedback from my peers, I feel confident to carry on with a similar style for “the real thing”. I need to change my font from Comic Sans. I’ve done some research and have decided on Sassoon Primary – reassurance is in the name! I am going to stay in contact with the primary school I visited and Vic from Camp Wild to test certain pages on whilst sending the information I am using to red squirrel experts so that I know I am doing the right thing for all angles of this project. I need to be careful with my image selection and need to edit down about 4 hours of recordings into less than 5 minutes to have as accompanying audio for my work – the children voices and engagement with the activities are priceless and I feel compliment my images extremely well.

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Future Prospects…

http://conservationphotographers.org

I feel like I am on track to becoming the type of photographer I want to be, or at least in the field I want to be in if not a photographer. I want to have a purpose for my images and make a difference on this planet to help the wildlife and environment. I believe that this red squirrel project is the start of something new and exciting in my life that I hadn’t ever foreseen or could have predicted. In the video they talk of NGO, photographer and scientist working together, I feel I am half way there as a photographer working with a charity and conservation experts on a project. Once I have developed my work I am confident that there are many platforms out there that I can use and promote this conservation issue through photography, there are many options for this project and various different audiences to direct it at, I can just change elements of it. The message is still the same. For now though, educating the next generation is the most important thing. I feel very positive about the future.

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