Assignment 3.


1. Prints
Submit a set of between six and eight high-quality photographic prints on the theme of the ‘decisive moment’.

Street photography is the traditional subject of the decisive moment, but it doesn’t have to be.

Landscape may also have a decisive moment of weather, season or time of day.

A building may have a decisive moment when human activity and light combine to present a ‘peak’ visual moment.
You may choose to create imagery that supports the tradition of the ‘decisive moment’, or you may choose to question or invert the concept. Your aim isn’t to tell a story, but in order to work naturally as a series there should be a linking theme, whether it’s a
location, an event or a particular period of time.

2. Assignment notes
Submit assignment notes of between 500 and 1,000 words with your series.

Introduce your subject and describe your ‘process’ – your way of working. Then briefly state how you think each image relates to the concept of the decisive moment.

This will be a personal response as there are no right or wrong answers in a visual arts course.

You’ll find it useful to explore the photographers and works referenced in Project 3, if you haven’t already done so.

Don’t forget to use Harvard referencing.
Post your prints, no larger than A4, to your tutor together with your assignment notes.
Check your work against the assessment criteria for this course before you send it to your tutor.

Make some notes in your learning log about how well you believe your work meets each criterion.
Your tutor may take a while to get back to you so carry on with the course while you’re waiting.


For this assignment I stayed in and around various parks in London observing the various bonds made between both humans and animals.

The making of friends, the forming of relationships is perhaps the most decisive moment of our lives.
Nothing has as profound an impact on us as social creatures as a friend or partner, be they human or pet.



Making a plan.

Shoulder to shoulder.

Ice cream.

Chin rubs.

Chat in the park.

Recording success.

New friends.

Humour, you either get it or you don’t.

A helping hand.

A good joke.


Contact sheet.



The research for this assignment  has already been covered in exercises 3+.


This assignment took me longer to form my thoughts than I would have imagined, see my reflection notes below for how I did this and why I chose the images I did.



I thought long and hard over this assignment and it took a lot longer to complete than I first thought it would, due partly to a financial crisis that struck which required me to sell all of my photographic equipment.

Fortunately I came into some money and bought new stuff which took some time to get used to.

At first I was thinking the decisive moment was recording a climactic moment, such as a goal in a football match; but soon thought deeper on the subject.

Let’s take a quote from Swarkowski.

“The decisive moment is not a dramatic climax but a visual one: the
result is not a story but a picture”.
(Swarkowski, 2007, p.5)…….

He is wrong! it can be both and more, such as human relationships and interactions.

Another quote from the OCA text-book.

“You know it’s funny. You come to someplace new, and everything
looks just the same”.
(Eddie in Stranger Than Paradise, Dir. Jim Jarmusch, 1984)…..

I think this is also wrong, characters are often similar but the scenery is never the same.

It came to me one afternoon that the making of friends, the forming of relationships is perhaps the most decisive moment of our lives.
Nothing has as profound an impact on us as social creatures as a friend or partner, be they human or pet.
I hope I’ve shown just some of the facets of friendship.

Friends help you out, make you laugh or just keep you company and much more.

These photo’s were taken at parks or on the way to parks in my neighbourhood.

They were spontaneous, not planned; I went out over a period of weeks to get good photo’s that fit my theme.

After all you can’t plan decisive moments, they just happen.

The tourists that are lost, looking at their smart phone for directions was taken from a foot bridge; I decided to leave the image uncropped as I felt the space around them helped to convey the feeling of being lost in a strange place.

The Police women and their mounts standing shoulder to shoulder I think  is a sign of their support for one another, their resolve if you will.

The children eating Ice cream together is a  perfect example of a bonding situation and a decisive moment of peace for the adult.

The others were all chosen for their expressions.

Have I succeeded in what was set for me to do ?

I think so but we’ll see if my tutor agree’s.