Assignment 1

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    Hard to do when you are in a hotel for a week

    Duncan Rawlinson

    This is a great first assignment.

    2 very important photographic elements seemed to have come naturally to you on this assignment. You were intuitively drawn towards simplification and isolation. You achieved simplification by manipulating and shrinking space by moving closer to your main object. This gives you less to organize and allows you to focus on the organization of a fewer number of objects. This also helps you to focus the direction of your visual story.

    Similarly, by moving in closer and working within a smaller frame, you are granted the opportunity to control your color palette. In your larger image, you have an assortment of colors (golds, reds, blues, whites, oranges etc). However, in your second image your color palette become morel limited focusing predominantly within gradients of gold and other dark earth tones.

    In your second you’ve also incorporated the photographic element of “line” which helps you draw your audience’s eyes through your photograph. In your first image however, the same strong focus on photographic style isn’t present.

    Lastly, your first image suffers from severe amputation (cutting off of important objects with 1 or more of the 4 walls of your photograph). You were hyper-focused on your main object (the lamp) and in doing so, you ignored the objects you were amputating around the edges of your composition. However, in your second image, your amputation is much better executed and less distracting.

    This all being said, it’s important at some point to break away from close up or macro photography. You can find the same use of lines, color control, object simplicity etc in larger geographic spaces. It doesn’t need to be your next assignment, but slowly I would like to see you become braver with your use of space.

    Overall, great first assignment!

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