EYV 4 Exercise 4.5

The brief

Make a Google Images search for ‘landscape’, ‘portrait’, or any ordinary subject such as ‘apple’ or ‘sunset’. Add a screengrab of a representative page to your learning log and note down the similarities you find between the images. Now take a number of your own photographs of the same subject, paying special attention to the ‘Creativity’ criteria at the end of Part One. You might like to make the subject appear ‘incidental’, for instance by using juxtaposition, focus or framing. Or you might begin with the observation of Ernst Haas, or the ‘camera vision’ of Bill Brandt. Add a final image to your learning log, together with a selection of preparatory shots. In your notes describe how your photograph differs from your Google Images source images of the same subject.

Google images

I did a google image search for ‘Brighton beach’, and the screen grab below is the first page of results I got for that search term.

The standard representation of Brighton beach in these images is based around a combination of pebble beach, seashore and pier and/or beach huts and/or deck chairs and/or sunbathers. Inspired by the images of Mount Fuji made by Chris Steele-Perkins and John Davies, I decided to take a more prosaic view of the beach by including the kind of elements that people usually try to exclude from their photographs. The pictures below are my shortlisted selection.

My shots

I chose the third of these six as my final image, because it includes the traditional elements of pebbles and pier, but also reveals some of the usually unseen work that goes on behind the scenes and out of season to maintain the beach in its stereotypical form.

References and resources

Steele-Perkins, C. (2002) Fuji. US: Umbrage Editions.
Davies, J. (2008) ‘John Davies images’. Available at: http://www.johndavies.uk.com [accessed 10/03/18]