In this exercise continuing with narrative and illustration, we were required to produce one photograph in which it can be seen that something has happened.
I initially considered solid objects which naturally come to mind due to their ease of use and handling. The concept seemed easier to convey, but course notes also referred to abstract ideas and concepts.
With this in mind I’ve used two subjects, one which contains text, and the other to suggest the absence of something linked to the former.
A macro lens in conjunction with a Canon 5D has been used to create the desired overall angle and depth of field. The image has been reduced in resolution for web purposes, and is shown below;
The intent was to show just enough of the death certificate to convey what had happened, and throwing the ring box out of focus to show what it was, without it being the main focal point.
I decided not to use a tripod even though the shutter speed was very low, as I did not want clarity in too much of the text.
Initial attempts used a tighter framing of the certificate with a wedding ring as the symbol to go with the illustration, but this was too informative and the text too prominent.
The certificate not only conveys what has happened but the ring box also suggests the link between the two subjects.
This has been a thought-provoking exercise and enabled me to shift slightly out of my comfort zone which is working more with solid objects.
It has made me give more thought to what should be excluded from an image, as opposed to what should remain.