Research point – Self reflection

Brief: Most visual artists learn from one another. Both historic and contemporary photographers and visual artists can teach you new things and by learning from them you can bring something new to the subject. So how do you learn from other photographers? There’s a tradition of ‘after’ painting, where an artist copies a master’s work…Read more »

Assignment four: Responding to a theme

Assignment Brief: In this assignment, you’re going to work in response to a theme. A theme is more nuanced and you can bring your own personal interpretation to it because you’ll have your own experiences, thoughts, and feelings about it. Responding to a theme photographically will help you to elicit your own ideas and make…Read more »

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 »