The brief for this assignment was as follows:-
The idea behind this assignment is to incorporate the insights you have learned so far on the course into a set of photographs directed towards one type of subject. You should produce 10 –15 photographs, all of a similar subject, which between them will show the following effects:
• single point dominating the composition • two points • several points in a deliberate shape • a combination of vertical and horizontal lines • diagonals • curves • distinct, even if irregular, shapes • at least two kinds of implied triangle • rhythm • pattern.
Choose from these groups of subjects:
• flowers and plants • landscapes • street details • the raw materials of food.
• if you prefer, choose your own subject.
I considered the subjects suggested, but did not find them as interesting as I would like, although of them all I was most tempted by “street details” as I do enjoy street photography. I had considered, in addition to the suggested topics racing at Lydden Hill (and went as far as shooting last time I was there in anticipation of the assignment) ; Church interiors (like wise) and woodland but came up with the idea of using a relatively small subject after seeing a Henry Moore Sculpture in St Pauls Cathedral. This reminded me of a three piece sculpture at Scotney Castle in the grounds there. It is small sculpture for a Moore (as I understand it) but thought it would be an interesting challenge to see if it could provide the shots necessary for the assignment.
It is entitled “Three Piece Reclining Figure – Draped” and was given by Moore to Christopher Hussey, who willed Scotney Castle to the National Trust.
There are of course plenty of photos already of the sculpture (Google Henry Moore Scotney), but these in the main are of the whole thing, and while I did similar takes on it I also wanted to get closer to its component parts.
• single point dominating the composition
• two points
• several points in a deliberate shape
• a combination of vertical and horizontal lines
• distinct, even if irregular, shapes
• at least two kinds of implied triangle
I used black and white because I felt that apart from a small amount of patina the sculpture is to all intents and purposes a monochrome object and I think using black and white emphasises its form.
I turn now to the assessment criteria
Demonstration of Technical and Visual Skills
Compared to the previous assignment I think there is more demonstrated here with the use of different lenses, the angles and settings employed. As is often the way there are shots I thought of, after I returned home and reviewed the two hundred plus shots I had taken, even though I gave myself enough time at the site to think about the shots before I took them, and how I could use different lenses to get them.
Quality of Outcome
I am happy with the results here and I feel that I have come up with a set of shots that covers the brief of the assignment. Of them all, I think the Rhythm and Pattern shots are the weakest and this may be because of the self imposed constraint of the subject I chose.
Demonstration of Creativity
I think in terms of the subject chosen and the use of that subject there is an improvement from the previous assignment.
This is why I chose this subject for the assignment as, by its nature, it would force me to be creative more so, say, than trying to fill the brief by street shooting. I liked the challenge of finding the various required shots within the sculpture most of which worked I think.
I’ve been looking at magazines for ideas and these have been copied into my learning log but for this exercise the main source of reference has been The Photographer’s Eye by Michael Freeman. In particular chapters two and three of that book “Design Basics” and “Graphic and Photographic Elements” were very useful.
I also been reading by the same author the e-books of “Capturing the Light” and “Capturing the Moment”