Exercise 4.8 Photomontage

Search your archive to make a photomontage with your own photographs. Decide on background, parts of the environment, objects and people in the environment. I decided to print out the pictures, cut them and glue. I did this really because of having done the photoshop element before, so i thought this would be more old-school…

Exercise 4.7 Juxtaposition

Get a few old magazines and newspapers. Decide on a background picture. Now add to it a figure. Substitute the head. Photograph the result. This was an interesting playtime. I quite like doing these forms of artwork, but should probably have planned it better. My magazines were limited to some photography magazine, the Argos catalogue…

Exercise 4.5 Layers

Look out of a window from inside and make a photograph that includes all three of these elements: foreground detail in front of the window, a reflection of something otherwise unseen in the window, background environment on the other side of the window.   I really need to attempt this exercise again at night and…

Exercise 4.4 Patchwork

For some reason I decided to make each grid a day. A journey if you like. Not step by step, not chronologically but focused on a single day. There was no formulated timing of shooting – so no shot every hour or whatever. I simply did what I often do and took my camera for…

Exercise 4.3 Assembly

I set up the camera outside – I had an idea that I would build a big tower – if I can’t succeed in terms of quality then I can at least do well in terms of scale. Its difficult finding an empty space in our garden, so I chose a least full section. The…

Exercise 4.2 Constructed imagergy

We have had builders in and the house has been all over the place. However, it did mean that some rooms were empty for painting and new carpets blah blah. So I had some space, which I could use. Over some time I started just moving things into a wall space. I would go off,…

Exercise 4.1 Fragments

I wanted to avoid the normal grouping of still lives. I wasn’t opposed to doing traditional style lives – but just wanted to play with the set-up really. So because of this I chose traditional still life objects, bottle, fruit, flowers – the usual – but tried to mess a bit with the structure. I…

Exercise 3.11 Visual Evidence

“Make four photographs that document the place where you’re reading this and the act of reading it. Be as neutral, as dispassionate as possible. This is visual evidence.” I simply sat in one of the places I sometimes do my work – not always the same place as I get bored – and took 4 shots – front, left,…

Exercise 3.9 – A significant place

Think of a place that holds meaning for you. Note down the reasons why it matters. (For reasons of practicality, choose somewhere accessible – see Exercise 3.10.) Think about how you could photograph that place in a way and in a light that reflects its meaning to you. Is there a particular viewpoint in your mind’s…

Exercise 3.8 – Re-photographing

Take a photo of a person’s face. Set up a small arrangement of objects. Re-photograph a photograph or collection can help different elements in the composition to gel into the same visual ‘space’. I am trying to move through some of these exercises a little quicker than in the past. I have been spending too long…

Exercise 3.7 – A significant object

You probably own many significant objects, from a wedding ring to old clothes, trophies of achievement to mementos that recall special events or times of your life, like toys or records. Choose one of these to photograph. This mustn’t be a general thing like ‘flowers’ but something entirely specific to you. Respect the fact that this…

Exercise 3.6 – Mixing Genres

This exercise allowed us to pick a subject and produce four photographs that cover each of these genres: Landscape, Portrait, Still Life and Story. The subject could be anything at all but had to be the same throughout. I generally quite like mixing things in the image, and because of this wanted to try and…