Exercise 4.9 Repetition

Repetition of one image or very similar images, whether exactly the same or with slight differences in exposure, crop or image quality, elicits an inquisitive eye. Repetition emphasizes the sameness and yet paradoxically indicates a difference. Andy Warhol used this strategy in his screenprints and photographs. In the image below, do you notice how the…Read more »

Exercise 4.8 Photomontage in Photoshop

Now that you’ve seen how to make a photo montage with newspaper cuttings, search through your archive of images to make a photo montage with your own photographs. Photomontage requires a playful experimental attitude to exploring different arrangements so don’t try to be too ‘tidy’ or perfect about your final result. • Decide on the…Read more »

Exercise 4.7 Photomontage

Juxtaposition in photography can be as simple as placing two photographs side by side. But juxtaposition can also be said to happen within the frame in still life when objects are purposely placed together. In photomontage, rougher and often amusing juxtapositions result from sticking bits of pictures together. Have a look at the work of…Read more »

Exercise 4.5 Layers

Most imagery contains layers of some kind: subject and background, f/g m/g and b/g, for example. In this exercise you’ll experiment with ways of making layered imagery in your camera and in the following exercise, you’ll experiment with using image layers in Photoshop. Look out of a window from inside and make a photograph that…Read more »

Exercise 4.2 Constructed imagery

Traditional still life presents a small-scale space to explore the composition and meaning of objects. But still life doesn’t have to be bowls of fruit and vases of flowers. You can place any object or combination of objects in any setting. And both can be constructed. It may be useful to think of still life…Read more »

Exercise 4.1 Fragments

 Brief: In this first exercise, you’ll use fragments of still life images to create a combined design. • Arrange a still life set-up that includes a background (preferably an ironed white or black sheet) and three distinct objects. It would be helpful if at least one object was sized at least 0.5m or you’ll be photographing…Read more »

Picture analysis Laura Letinsky

Untitled #12, from the series “Ill Form & Void Full”, 2011 Have a close analytical look at the photograph above by Canadian photographer Laura Letinsky. You can see a larger version at http://thephotographersgallery.org.uk/ill-form-and-void-full There is something immediately uncanny in this photograph and in much of Letinsky’s work. Firstly, notice the planes that make up the…Read more »