Personal learning log for BA (Hons) Photography Course

Assignment 1- Contrast

Contrast as one of the fundamental principles in design theory and at the Bauhaus school of Art & Design founded in 1919 John Itten conducted the basic course based on the simple single concept of Contrast.  Itten had the intention to ‘awaken a vital feeling for the subject through personal observation’

This assignment follows the early projects set by Ittens.  Part one involves presenting a series of 8 pairs of images displaying opposite contrasts and the second part of the assignment is to create one image that demonstrates contrast ‘in one picture’

The first 8 pairs speak for themselves.

Sweet & Sour

Sweet

Sour

Diagonal & Round

Angular

Round

Still & Moving

Still

Movement

Many & Few

Many

Few

Straight & Curved / Intermittent & Continuous

Straight

Curved

Dry & Wet

Dry

Wet

Low & High

Low

High

Hard & Soft

Hard

Soft

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For the final image to show contrast in one picture I spent a long while looking for that contrast in the real world and posted some examples I found within my learning log.  However for the purpose of this assignment I have decided to attempt something I have never tried before – Still Life.

The image is balanced Horizontally and Vertically using the Golden Intersections as guides in an 8×10 format.  Shot with natural light at 35mm f4.2, 1/8th sec, ISO 100.

The image aims to capture the Contrasts of:

Sweet & Sour, Sharp & Blunt, Soft & Hard, Diagonal & Round

 

 

Image of contrast

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