The brief for this exercise was to bring together two or more related elements to illustrate something. This could be a still life setting, using symbols or objects and/or lighting to show the connection or it could be using a viewpoint with appropriate focal lengths to emphasise the relationship of the elements together.
I struggled a little bit with ideas for the latter so went for the still life setting to illustrate the cover or a book, in my case on walks in Wester Ross. Using an open map as the background, chose other maps, walking boots and a compass to symbolise the elements of ‘walking’. I tried a number of different compositions, both landscape and portrait but decided that a portrait format would be best fitted to a book. It was also necessary to consider what else might be on a book cover, for example the title, and this influenced my composition too as I wanted a relatively free area in the picture to put the text.