Exercise 4.4 Personal Voice

The Brief

Make a Google Images search for ‘landscape’, ‘portrait’, or any ordinary subject such as ‘apple’ or ‘sunset’. Add a screengrab of a representative page to your learning log and note down the similarities you find between the images.

Now take a number of your own photographs of the same subject, paying special attention to the ‘Creativity’ criteria at the end of Part One. You might like to make the subject appear ‘incidental’, for instance by using focus or framing. Or you might begin with the observation of Ernst Haas, or the ‘camera vision’ of Bill Brandt. Or if you’re feeling bold you might forget about your camera completely and think about the tricky question of originality in a different way –

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Add a final image to your learning log, together with a selection of preparatory shots. In your notes describe how your photograph or representation differs from your Google Images source images of the same subject.

Response

So I conducted a search on the internet  for  an apple and somewhat unsurprisingly I was gifted with a well known technology brand:

So I narrowed down the search further to fruit which bore fruit (pun intended albeit apples). Much of the results yielded gave an organic feel as though this was something that was good for you a connection to the land, whilst others were set against white backgrounds leaving very little to the imagination.

my own ideas sprung from making armies of paperclip soldiers when I was bored or visions of apple families. Other ideas crept from old movies with apples rolling down to certain death and destruction. In the end I settled on four of the shots I had taken, the first two the apple is clearly incidental to the screw(s) in the foreground. The apple in these two scenes I envisioned as something else entirely, like a sun against a darkened sky casting its reflection off a black and oily beach with the screws acting as pylons jutting out of the sand. With the third shot I pictured the apple rolling towards the inevitable knifepoint. The last shot I had chosen, just made me smile I had initially thought piling screws into the side of one of the apples, yet when I turned it over and it was stood a thought jumped into my mind of a martian fighting machine in the form of an apple, which then descended into an apple family.

  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Camera: Canon EOS 6D Mark II
  • Taken: 23 March, 2020
  • Focal length: 105mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/30s

  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Camera: Canon EOS 6D Mark II
  • Taken: 23 March, 2020
  • Focal length: 105mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/30s

  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Camera: Canon EOS 6D Mark II
  • Taken: 23 March, 2020
  • Focal length: 105mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/50s

  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Camera: Canon EOS 6D Mark II
  • Taken: 23 March, 2020
  • Focal length: 105mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/10s

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  • Taken: 14 April, 2020
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