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7. Narrative & Illustration – Project 67, Rain

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This project required an image, for a magazine cover for instance, on the subject of rain. A single, strong, attractive photograph leaving no one in doubt about the subject.
28th Feb 2010, 09:53   comments (1)

7. Narrative & Illustration – Project 66, Juxtaposition.

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Placing two elements in an image, suggesting a relationship is the mainstay of illustration. It is important to suggest a connection. Making a simple still-life would cover it. Advertising uses this technique a lot, mainly because of the control one has over the subject & its surroundings.

Another way to achieve this is by use of focal length & camera position in order to combine two elements within the field of view.

Here is an example of the above. My partner Anja makes lovely jewellery as a hobby. With an example of some of her work in sharp focus in the foreground and Anja at work, slightly out of focus in the background I have created an illustration using juxtaposition.
28th Feb 2010, 09:52   comments (0)

7. Narrative & Illustration - Project 65, Symbols

Illustration by symbols

We must be aware of Cliché. The most obvious symbols have often been over used. By treating a well-worn symbol in an exciting and innovating way we can overcome this.
A spectacular photograph of a clichéd symbol would lift it out of the ordinary.
Symbols must be recognisable, not obscure.
An egg could symbolise “growth”. Other symbols for “growth” might be an acorn sprouting or clothes becoming tighter around an expanding girth.
A symbol has to be practical to shoot, easy to arrange and photograph.

7. Narrative & Illustration, Project 65 – Symbols
The idea of this project was to find symbols for a number of concepts.

My interpretation of the concept of “growth” is illustrated here by the hundreds, if not thousands of bicycles stacked-up under Utrecht railway station. The tangle of metal here shows just how “full” inner cities can grow to be.

Here I have used an image of several photographers at a trade-fair all getting stuck-in to the exhibit of massive tele-lenses, the next one bigger & more powerful (& more expensive) than the first. (yes, I'm just jealous).
The massive sums of money spent on magnificent churches & cathedrals, while much of the surrounding population lived in abject poverty, has always seemed to me an almost obscene display of excess.

Graffiti is a visible sign of “crime” in an area. The “tagging” of public buildings often serves as a warning to passers-by, this is “our” patch.
The smashed windscreen of my Volvo truck which was attacked in Calais late one night (with me asleep inside it) is the nearest I have personally come to “crime” recently.

Here I have used an image of early-morning ground mist to illustrate the concept of “silence”. The dear grazing in the dawn-light would be long gone if I had made just the tiniest of sounds.

28th Feb 2010, 08:52   comments (1)

7. Narrative & Illustration - Project 63, A Narrative Picture Essay

I have decided here to cover a subject I've visited a number of times.
Walking from the more run-down side of the Quays, Trafford Park industrial estate, past the juxtaposition of the 1930's Hovis building standing opposite the futuristic Imperial War Museum of the North, over the Lifting Footbridge tot the Lowry Centre itself.

Set in the heart of the regenerated Salford Quays the Lowry centre is a highly original, distinctive and unusual structure made of stainless steel and glass. It has 2 theatres, a Promenade and Galleries. It is located on what once was Pier 8, with the Manchester Ship Canal still lying on two sides of its triangular site. The third side looks out over a public square.
The Lowry exhibits not only the paintings of Lowry but contemporary art exhibitions as well. There are also on-site bookshops, restaurants and bars. The circular wraparound walkways also provide an opportunity to make excursions around the building complex with its spectacular views and interesting changing exhibitions.
What fascinates me most about the Lowry complex is the use of shapes, colours and materials throughout the building.
28th Feb 2010, 08:30   comments (0)

7. Narrative & Illustration - Project 64, Evidence of action

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This photograph is an example of illustration. It suggests that something has happened, there is a story “behind”it.

Abstract ideas and concepts need an imaginative treatment to work well in a single photograph. Advertising uses this all the time to convey concepts such as:


Symbols are often used to illustrate concepts;
Hearts for Love
Dollar Bills for Wealth
10th Feb 2010, 17:06   comments (2)

Assignment 4; Applying lighting techniques

Using my very patient model Fozzy I have attempted here to demonstrate the required attributes; Shape, Form, Colour & Texture.

Using Flash units in a studio environment was obviously the easiest option, having full control of the lighting and not having to go out on the public streets carrying a bear and a large DSLR.

#1 Flash Colour
I bounced the SB600 flash off a gold reflector (a piece of gold-coloured corrugated card from a craft shop pasted onto a stiff card background) to bring back some of the rich yellow/gold colour present in Fozzy's fur.

#2 Flash Form
An undiffused single flash unit from one side gives the subject depth.

#3 Flash Shape
Directing a flash unit onto the light-coloured backdrop and also one (diffused) unit below & behind the subject, facing toward the subject's back producing a silhouette of the subject.

#4 Flash Texture
The light source is low & oblique highlighting the texture of the subject's fur.

#5 Daylight Form
Overcast daylight is very diffused, showing the layers of depth in the subject.

#6 Daylight Shape
Held up to the overcast sky the subject is silhouetted. I have converted this image to monochrome because there is a lot of noise due to the high ISO setting needed for this (handheld) shot which does not look at all good in colour.

#7 Streetlight Colour
The orange colour in the street lighting has emphasised the colour in the subject.

#8 Streetlight Texture
Holding the subject up to and at an angle from the outside light, showing the texture in the nose area of the subject.

Thank you Fozzy, your two jars of honey, as agreed, are on their way to your agent.
5th Feb 2010, 07:48   comments (2)


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One single, strong image can often have more impact than a narrative series. Illustration is a matter of telling a story in a single image.
Still-life is a popular vehicle for illustration. The relationship between various objects gathered in an image, for instance, tell a story, or can be made to do so by their inclusion & positioning. Still life offers control, of lighting & of composition.

“Still life with portfolio & brushes” from the Jinxmedic studios
Still life by Isobel Cowper, from the V&A;
Still life by Skeen & Co. From the V
31st Jan 2010, 14:53   comments (1)

7. Narrative & Illustration - Project 62, Researching an Event.

Carnaval parade in Boemelburcht

(These images are of last year's carnaval, I wasn't required to produce images for this project, just make the plans)

Carnaval parade 2010 in Zevenaar (Boemelburcht) will take place on Sunday 14th February 2010.
Start of the parade will be at 13.00hrs.

The parade will gather and prepare from 12.30hrs onwards at the parade forming area in the Albert Hien Supermarket car park. From there the route will be
Oude Doesburgseweg
Sporthal Lentemorgen
(as indicted on the map image)

Shots/vantage points
Along the route there are a number of vantage points for long shots and for closer, detail shots.
As they come up the Grietsestraat, Raadhuisplein & Markt there will be a good opportunity for long shots of most of the parade, as will be from the Wilhelminalaan, looking back through Nieuwedoelenstraat towards the church, both very long, straight sections.
The area of the Raadhuisplein will be good for closer shots of participants as it is more open there and they will be putting the most effort into showing themselves off in front of the stands set up there for the Prince-carnaval and the various dignitaries.
A police escort vehicle will head the parade, better to let it past before making the shot(s).

Prince-carnaval this year is Fred 1st (Melgers) and his adjutant is Edwin Bomers.
Youth Prince carnaval is Youri v.d. Berg and his adjutant is Wouter Gesthuizen.

The main carnavals societies are
Nachtuulen &

There are no restrictions at all to photography that day, a Big camera and a Hi-Viz vest gets you through to the front.
Getting close-in will not be a problem, moving through the participants with a wide-angle lens will provide some good opportunities for close up detail shots.

List of shots required

Setting up, preparations at kampsingel
Prince Canaval & entourage
Youth Prince Carnaval & entourage
The Nar, or Clown (Henry)
Main carnaval's groups and their floats
Long shots along main shopping street. HEIGHT
Close-in shots of groups & individuals, get in amongst them
Colourful participants with crowd behind
Crowd shots, kids
31st Jan 2010, 14:00   comments (0)
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