Assignment Two Brief, Capture 12 images that convey the idea of a journey.
I returned to Martin Mere nature reserve and rejoined my bird friends on the sedantry boat trip through the reeds. Despite the amount of people there it was so peaceful, a world away from the other side of the reeds and I found myself wishing we could just park up the boat to relax, to listen to the silence around me with just the company of the rustling reeds and the quacking ducks cutting through the water beside my trailing fingers.
Here are the thumbnails of the images I took that day. At the time I had these three ideas for the Assignment in mind
1 – Show the Onomatopoeia of the river. The senses through the use of an 85mm lens.
2 – Include close up images of the birds or their feathers which were blowing around the place as a Typology study.
3 – Macro images of the water to show the journey
My assignment had started with the journey of the boat trip through the reeds, then I’d honed it down to the onamatopoeia of the river, the mindfulness and as I reached the water I had a choice, focus on all the sounds and senses of the river, or hone the assignment done to the smallest point, showing the journey of the river, through the water itself.
Starting with the surprisingly sandy bank and the shallow water the images take you on a journey into dark waters which capture the reflection of the trees above, the beatiful pattern like melted chocolate digestives, the mysterious patterns in the swirling water caught by the engine and finally reaching the edge again where the flowers catch sight of themselves in the marbled waters.
I feel tempted to add in close up images of the birds feathers, especially the Hawaiian goose which came and sat right by me, but last time I included too many pathways in my images so this time I’m keeping it tight.
I thought of what my tutor said, if you were in a University you’d pin a set of images on the wall and change or shift the ideas over the weeks so below are
1 – All of the shortlisted images
2- Close ups of the river
3- Other sets
It’s a good way to remove what doesn’t quite work.
Now I see that if I focus on the close ups of the water then I can’t include the birds wings or the leaves of the trees. But if I disregard the water then are the images left strong enough, or unique enough to convey the idea of a journey.
Whilst I like the above images I feel the water is different. It isn’t just a mirror image. Does it make the viewer think?