Assignment 8 – Suicidal

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    erja kaikkonen

    Hi Duncan,

    I am back! I have moved countries and still living in the middle of boxes but ready to start shooting again. I finally managed to complete this advanced composition assignment, which got me stuck in the summer. I shot them before I left Beirut in November. Hope these two photos meet the criteria. They go together.

    On another note, I don’t seem to have access to the student workspace anymore with the new website. My login details don’t work, what should I do?

    Looking forward to being back in the game.



    Duncan Rawlinson

    Ok first things first.

    Which URL are you using to access the student workspace? Login here: and it will redirect you to

    If you aren’t able to login there be sure to empty you browser cache and cookies. If that still doesn’t work visit:

    Now onto your assignment! Stylistically I like the blurred image of the lady on the staircase that shows really nice movement although I’d like to see her face. Also if the theme is “suicide” it’s not exactly that obvious through the individual images.

    I think a combination of the two images with the blur and the face of the subject would have been ideal.

    I also like the lines and the structure of the frame although I’m not sure about the blown out window in the frame. The leading lines in this image are so strong that they almost overpower everything else. The almost distort the photo in a strange way.

    Take note of the color of both of these images they appear to be slightly too warm/yellow as a result of the white balance.

    Another idea would have been to add your subject twice into the frame one at the bottom and one at the top to create a surreal image of opposing ideas. One side saying no one side saying yes. Just a crazy idea…

    Overall you’ve done really well here and you have completed the assignment.

    I like your composition and your idea for this shot.

    See you on the next assignment.

    Good job!


    erja kaikkonen

    Thanks for your feedback on these photos Duncan. I liked them too. You are right about the colour balance though. How would you go about your idea of adding the subject in the frame twice? I mean in practice?

    On another note, I still cannot get into the student workspace. I only have access to this forum. Resetting the password does not work either – it does not recognise my email nor my username.

    Thanks for your help again.


    Duncan Rawlinson

    I think you would have to do it using photoshop.

    You should have an email with your login/password for the student workspace.

    Otherwise try this:

    If none of that works, please get in touch by email


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