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Illustration by symbols
We must be aware of Cliché. The most obvious symbols have often been over used. By treating a well-worn symbol in an exciting and innovating way we can overcome this.
A spectacular photograph of a clichéd symbol would lift it out of the ordinary.
Symbols must be recognisable, not obscure.
An egg could symbolise “growth”. Other symbols for “growth” might be an acorn sprouting or clothes becoming tighter around an expanding girth.
A symbol has to be practical to shoot, easy to arrange and photograph.
7. Narrative & Illustration, Project 65 – Symbols
The idea of this project was to find symbols for a number of concepts.
My interpretation of the concept of “growth” is illustrated here by the hundreds, if not thousands of bicycles stacked-up under Utrecht railway station. The tangle of metal here shows just how “full” inner cities can grow to be.
Here I have used an image of several photographers at a trade-fair all getting stuck-in to the exhibit of massive tele-lenses, the next one bigger & more powerful (& more expensive) than the first. (yes, I'm just jealous).
The massive sums of money spent on magnificent churches & cathedrals, while much of the surrounding population lived in abject poverty, has always seemed to me an almost obscene display of excess.
Graffiti is a visible sign of “crime” in an area. The “tagging” of public buildings often serves as a warning to passers-by, this is “our” patch.
The smashed windscreen of my Volvo truck which was attacked in Calais late one night (with me asleep inside it) is the nearest I have personally come to “crime” recently.
Here I have used an image of early-morning ground mist to illustrate the concept of “silence”. The dear grazing in the dawn-light would be long gone if I had made just the tiniest of sounds.
28th Feb 2010, 08:52