I have to say I am rather perplexed that the photo of me taken by Mariam Medvedeva is on the promotional poster sent out to the public for the SPEOS 2012/2013 exhibition opening. Also, the photo of Caroline Rose (portrait with the cornrows, Hair - Suzanna Rieu, Make-up - Carole Linard) taken by Corri McAllister and me was also chosen as my studio teacher told me it was a rather symbolic statuesque photo. I never really gave the photo much thought, it was produced in class and thought it was subpar as far as beauty shoots go. However, we all know that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Now that I look at the photo more and more, it has an uncanny resemblance to Katsura Funakoshi's sculptures. Well, I think this experience has opened my photographic horizon more which my studio teacher has told me to do.
I haven't been a good citizen at SPEOS but with the guidance of the teachers and staff at the school, I do see that each and every student has improved by leaps and bounds and evolved their work through the school so I am happy to be part of the class of 2012/13. For 32 weeks, we were immersed in photography 24/7 and we survived!
Looking forward to the exhibition and celebration for the 32 weeks of the most intense photographic journey thus far in my life.
Ultimately, I think if you don't know where you want to go with photography, SPEOS might be a good choice to help you find a direction. It is not a particularly specialised school however and they have had the same teachers for many years who are set in their ways. So if you are not a beginner at photography, I would say save your money and assist an established professional.