Saturday, 28 November 2009

Assignment 2

Somewhat perversely I've put together my submission for Assignment 2 before working my way through the projects that precede it. If you have any thoughts or observations on my images which are at I would be delighted to learn from them.

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Project 28 - rhythm and pattern

There are so many examples of rhythm and pattern all around that it's difficult to choose a couple.
For pattern, these are some tiles in the Topaki Palace in Istanbul - the whole place is just covered in different sorts of patterns with entirely different tiles working together in an outstanding way. Unfortunately my photography is not up to showing this off however! Another favourite is Kaffe Fassett, a designer specialising in pattern and colour to amazing effect ( through his knitting, mosaic, needlepoint and quilt designs. Rhythm is shown here through the pillars of these buildings in a not dissimilar way to that shown in the course notes. I optimistically think the bird in the sky helps break up that rhythm, but equally it could be seen as a distraction!

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Project 27 - real and implied circles

This project calls for four images of circles, real and implied.
While these flowers on an African mountainside are in themselves roundish, the way they are growing also implies a circle, which I've emphasised by cropping off extraneous flowers from the right hand side. The dust cloud by this lake is blowing around in such as way as to imply a circle.
More literally, the circular "feet" on this bench make it much more interesting than if they were more rectangular. I've made the image black and white both to emphasise the shapes but also to minimise the effect of the coloured graffiti.

The "doughnut" on Brighton seafront is an obvious choice for this project... and so had to be done!

Project 26 - triangles

Here are some of the images taken for the triangles project.
First, take a picture of a triangle - it might be in detail. I like the way the beach hut roofs mirror the detail on the building behind. Then, take a picture creating a triangle using perspective...

And then an inverted triangle using perspective. This was very tricky to get my head around but then after discussion it became clear that the only way was to look downwards. This is in fact from the same car park as the upward triangle.

Then, take an image with three people in showing them making a triangle. With the point mentally made I thought I'd show some different examples where you don't necessarily need three people. Here, the shape the blanket is wrapped around this Maasai lady emphasises the triangular shape of her body...

and from another world entirely, Brighton's Pride festival, the dress on this man clearly creates a triangle.

Friday, 6 November 2009

Project 25 - Rectangles. And Africa!

Well, it feels like months since I posted regularly but now that work-related deadlines have passed and my jaunt up Kilimanjaro has been achieved (photos here: I have returned to the discipline of study. And after the wide open spaces of Tanzania what could be more disciplining than rectangles?!

They don't really need an explanation save to say that the course notes are absolutely right - you have to be very careful where you stand to take photos of rectangular things, and sometimes things like the rugby posts below which look rectangular, turn out not to be after all when positioned against the constraints of the frame.