After some doubting and trying different subjects for Assignment 2, I went back to Goree to take more photographs of this interesting island. This time there were a few locations I wanted to go back to to get better shots than the last time and focus more on the elements of design. Things turned out a bit different than planned, since first of all I got chased away by an angry fireman at the spot where I had planned to take most of the photos and second the light was much harder than the time before. But this forced me to find other locations that turned out to be pretty interesting.
Here are some examples of photos I chose from and some photos that inspired me to take the photos the way I did.
I'll start off with the diagonals. These photos were taken in a house that is almost a ruin. I love the way that it's possible to see the roof, door and floor at the same time. These are the three final photos that I had to choose from:
The first image appeals to me because of the difference in colours between the walls and the sky and the diagonal lines are crossing each other in an interesting way. This one was taken on my first trip. The second time around as you can see, the light was much harder, which created strong shadows on the wall that accentuated the lines even more. I have been doubting a lot between these two last images, because number two has a strong dark and light contrast and has a bit of surrealist feel to it. But I'll send in number three, because in this image the windows bring a nice division and accentuate the lines even more. Besides that, the angle is more diagonal than in the second image. I will darken the beams to add more contrast.
I don't think I would have photographed the floor beams the way I did if I hadn't seen Sheeler's Criss-Crossed Conveyors . The X shape is very dominant and brings a lot of dynamics to the image.
The one point, two points and several points in a deliberate shape were quite hard to choose from. Design-wise I would choose for the most obvious picture that displays the thing that is asked for, but in a few cases, I have chosen the image that I think is more beautiful, even though it doesn't entirely convey just one element of design.
I have chosen to send in the picture of the window for the one point image. It is more interesting, sharper and gives a better feel of the island of Goree than the image of the single fisherman. Even though there is one obvious point in that image I think the waves are just a bit too sharp and the fishing boat a little bit too small and unclear to draw all the attention to the point. The one with the fishing boat in the front and a few in the back might serve as a single point picture, but after I darkened the boats in the back it's going to be a nice 'several point's one.
I took the photo of the several boats because I thought it's fun to see a complete array of sizes, from a small fishing boat to a container boat in the back. The pier is too distracting though and the quality of the image not how I would want it to be. I should have taken the image from the beach, so that the pier would not be so prominent.
There is a lot of distraction in the image of the two faces on the wall, but when you look at it from a distance, they are the most prominent features of the picture.
Pattern: This was a hard one, since the picture below I had in mind didn't turn out as sharp as it should be and is an image of something that is not typical for the island of Goree.
The concept of pattern is pretty difficult to grasp, especially since pattern and rhythm seem to have a bit of an overlap. So I had to decide between these three, all with some sort of a pattern, but maybe not too convincing.
Starting with the first, there is a pattern in the way the play of the light and shadow on the columns, but I'm not sure if you might as well call this rhythm. The picture of the lanterns is a bit of a mess and the items are not spaced out enough to see the pattern of the same shapes in the image. The school children in the last image certainly display a pattern, but the horizontal lines of the boats and kids are much more obvious. Since all three are a bit iffy pattern wise anyway, I'll go for the image I like the best, which is the last one.
I went to a masterclass of Bruno Barbey a few weeks ago and really liked the way he uses color, lights and shadows in the photos he took in Marocco. These pictures have been very inspiring:
In the photos of the staircase it's the colours as well as the stairs itself that make this place so special. Here I was kicked out by an angry fireman, so unfortunately I couldn't take more pictures. I'm still doubting between the staircase pictures. Should I choose for the better light, or less grain? Or send in the photo of the House of Slaves? So here are curves and implied triangles: