The thing in my pocket

My first three images I have taken I took the theme quite literally and photographed items that were close to me. One of the images is of my fisheye lens I thought this was good as it is my favourite lens so I always have it close to me. Another one of these photos show my broken phone, I took this as I always have my phone in my pocket and the fact that my phone is cracked could show something about me. I used different backgrounds in each of these images instead of using a generic white background this is to make my images stand out and make them seem less perfect. I tried taking a photo of fisheye from the side but you could not tell what the lens is so I decided to take the photo from the top so you can see the curvature of the lens. I also tried using other objects to photograph but I felt like they didn’t say enough about the subject for example a wallet. I took these images by placing the objects in the subjects hands and focusing on the objects. For these three images I used the work of Alexandra Strada to inspire me, her work at care homes shows residents holding photos that are close to them i gave this an update by using everyday objects that are close to them such as the car key.

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My fourth image is a photo of my subject showing me that there’s nothing in his pocket whilst swearing at me. I took this photo by focusing on the subjects hand, I also edited this photo by turning the vibrance down to create a low colour photo I did this so only the brightest colours stand out and to give the photo an old feel. The photo was taken of the subjects waist and hand I did this to not show the subject so you have to find things out about them from the little details in the picture. The subject is wearing a cross on their wrist hinting that they may be religious but this is a contrast to the gesture that the subject is giving. My idea for this first photo was just to have the subject showing their empty pockets but I though it would be better for them to swear at me it this shows more about their personality.

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My fifth picture was inspired by the project ‘Creative contents’ by an unknown photographer in his photos he shows a picture of a person above their belongings. I tried to adapt on this by using a studio photo of myself faded in with my belongings. To do this I layered the two images to get and changed the opacity to fifty percent. I liked the idea of showing both a person and their belongings but I didn’t like the idea of how creative contents were set out so I decided to develop that idea. To improve this photo I would edit the image so you can only see the objects that are inside the studio image, I feel that this would have worked better because the amount of objects in the photo are distracting from the main image.

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The last image was loosely inspired by the images of John Rensten, his images show words in people hands but they are shot in a studio setting which makes them seem ‘perfect.’ I wanted to add my own style to these photos so I wrote scribbled words on ripped pieces of paper. This adds a slightly darker tone to it and the use of contrasting words in each hand suggests a struggle between two sides of a person.

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