My project about the art of barbering in Hong Kong and MA work was very heavy going in terms of workload during the last module term, and during my break, so this blog entry is dedicated to my thoughts and reflection of my work from the last MA photography module and what I have been trying to prepare for and plan in the next module.
My current work in progress low-key exhibitions in Hong Kong have concluded and I will share some of the feedback I was given to help inform me of my direction or what could be improved. The feedback was a series of questions in the form of an A4 paper sized questionnaire and a comments section on a clipboard, which was located at each of the venues in the Kwun Tong area of Hong Kong.
I did not try to measure my success with the typical multiple social media frenzies of likes and popularity awards, which often takes place when photographers have some new work, so instead, I tried to direct my questions both from a creative sense and also from the stance of what my intention was at the time.
Conclusion of Questionnaires
Taken into account the potentially expected bios of the barbershops and Grooming shops clients loyally. There is still some value to these figures.
We can say probably beyond any doubt that I have conveyed the lifestyle very well and we could say I have some distinct style and they were interesting to view.
Overall the rating of the Exhibition was at least from my initial target audience a fairly successful one in the context of these low-key exhibitions.
There were some key images that stood out and overall people preferred images with barbers in them than say the tools although the photograms were viewed better when they were part of a set or at least in plain view. What was interesting was that some of the smaller images were in some cases rated as well as some of the large-scale images, which was a surprise to me. Also, while I was taking the images down there, was a few people asking me about the images and whether I was selling them as prints, to which I answered no, as I had no intention of making money from these images as prints, the thing that was most rewarding was that someone said I was clearly passionate about photography or at least this particular work.