Make a Google Images search for ‘landscape’, ‘portrait’, or any ordinary subject such as ‘apple’ or ‘sunset’. Add a screen grab of a representative page to your learning log and note down the similarities you find between the images.
Now take a number of your own photographs of the same subject, paying special attention to the ‘Creativity’ criteria at the end of Part One. You might like to make the subject appear ‘incidental’, for instance by using juxtaposition, focus or framing. Or you might begin with the observation of Ernst Haas, or the ‘camera vision’ of Bill Brandt.
Add a final image to your learning log, together with a selection of preparatory shots. In your notes describe how your photograph differs from your Google Images source images of the same subject.
I decided (Whilst I should have been busy working) to screen grab a stapler… well I had been using one all morning! I also did a screen grab of a sellotape dispenser.
In all of these images they are pictured against a plain white background so that only the object is displayed. It is almost like a catalogue display, the object against a high key white background. They are almost always pictured at a 45 degree angle, I presume this is to show the objects shape and style in one image and to add a sense of depth which has been lost in the flat high key image.
I decided to explore the aesthetics and shape of these objects, I used a mixture of zoom lens and macro lens and tried to explore angles and lines. The images I have taken appear more abstract especially in some of them where the macro lens has softened the edges.
I found this exercise quite interesting in that I was making something plain and functional take on a whole new persona by experimenting with the style of the image and the angles.
I actually used two different staplers for these images, I love the way that the middle image on the last line looks more like a piano than a stapler and the last image has a insect look to it.
I love the first image of the sellotape on the edge and the close up of the sellotape, if they were viewed separately I think you would not see what they were, they are so abstract. I also really like the fingerprint, It could almost be a forensic slide, but sellotape almost always has someone’s imprint left behind.