Assignment 4 Reworked

30th June 2020

In this blog post I am working on the feedback that I received from my tutor below concerning Assignment 4 which can be found at this link.

I reworked the images without using the shots of the full shelving units or, as in the case of ‘Mum’s Shelf’, the one shelf. While I was re-working the compositions I also looked at other shots I had taken to replace the one taken out and cropped some so that the images were changed. A few of the cropped images however show grain when enlarged. To revisit this Assignment I should have taken a few more images close up rather than taking the quick route of cropping into those already taken. So lazy and a few of the crops actually show the quick route I took – not very professional!

Mum’s Shelf

Rose’s Shelf

Poppy’s Shelf

Poppy’s Frontroom Shelf

The images definitely look more uniformed without the whole shelf images included within the compositions. The viewers eyes are not drawn to the ‘odd one out’ shot and overall it looks very tidy to the eye, more attractive even. The uniformed compositions also means that the viewers eyes are not drawn easily to the odd image in the set.

The images do not fit in with the concept that I had in my mind. The concept was to present the full image of the shelving units to represent the ‘whole’ which in turn also represents the whole person. The focus lines, shapes, forms, colours – the objects, represent parts of the person just as they represent parts of the shelving system. They represent parts of the person because each individual object shown symbolises something that person likes for what ever reason or a memory.

I could overcome this by presenting the full shelving system shot with the close ups next to it, as below. The problem is however, the full shelving shot yet again has so much information the viewers eye tends to stay within this image for a long time and the close-up composition becomes a fleeting glance.

Therefore the composition for presentation is the close up images only, on their own as seen below. Clean, informative and easy for the viewers eyes to navigate the composition.

The concept that the images are portraying is not just specific to the objects and how they are presented, their interesting crops where line, form, colour an negative space work together to give an interesting viewpoint of the objects on the shelving units. It is this aspect of the images coupled with the question of Who owns the objects? Who arranges them? Who looks at them? and Who, in some cases, leaves them in disarray and dust?

This is where viewer participation comes in. The images engage the viewer by enticing them to question that which they are seeing within the composition. What is the photographer showing us? Why are these images important? What can I see? Then from here begin to question the overall information which is coupled with the title of the composition which is the owner of the shelves of objects.

Viewers can interpret the images completely differently depending on their own relationships to objects and hopefully come to their own conclusion about the shelves contents and their owners.

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