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.

Walking boots, maps and a compass to illustrate the cover of a book

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.


About Anne Bryson

I live in Gloucestershire with my husband Iain and West Highland Terrier, Isla. I enjoy golf, photography and my grandchildren, not necessarily in that order! Having completed a 10 week digital photography course with the Open University in 2010 and wanting to take photography further, I enrolled on the Open College of the Arts BA (Hons) starting with 'The Art of Photography' which I thoroughly enjoyed. Next came Digital Photographic Practice followed by People and Place. In April 2016 I progressed to level two with Documentary and in June 2018 enrolled on my latest OCA course, Landscape.
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