Rope – Exercise 3.2 – Typology

Brief:- Decide on a specific subject and work on making a series of photographs over several days. It’s best to choose a subject you have daily access to – your workplace, your home, a friend or a particular activity, for example – but you must be clear at the outset what your subject is. You have two important pieces of information before you’ve even begun to take pictures: you have your subject and you have your method of presentation. Now think about how you’ll approach the subject itself. For example, making wide shots from a distance would be very different from getting close into the action. When you’ve made the final selection of photographs, print them and place them in a grid or linear series. Invite people you know to comment on them and note down their responses.

This series is not my planned version, which I am still working on, however when opportunity beckoned I took it. During my recent holiday on Lindisfarne I was aware of how much rope was lying around. All of which had some connection to fishing, some of which was coloured and bright, others not so. I figured that I could make use of the rope for a typology.


My Favourite things by Michael Wolf is colourful and very pleasing upon my eye and I am glad the coursework asked us to review his series (here). I had this in mind whilst I was photographing the rope.

Presenting the different photos in a grid has not been easy. Differing colours, textures and other items has made the layout challenging.  Yet again I find that the midtone grey is a very suitable background, and it allows the images to stand out so that the focus is upon them. Perhaps I need to reduce the size of the border and spaces between the photos? I’m not sure.

What I like about this kind of series is the consistency. Even though there are background objects (boat, anchor, chain) the ropes with their different texture, colours and uses, are all prominent.

To add to the consitency I tried to get a similar white balance, exposure and contrast in Lightroom, and then took the photos into Photoshop, set the crop ratio to 3:2, and turned some of the photos around so that they are all in portrait. I cropped closer to the rope in all of the photos, but the boat doesnt match the others. However, I like the photo and it highlights a different use of the rope.

It has been a fun exercise to complete whilst I am still developing a much larger typography which is coming soon.

I would be grateful for any critique, feedback and suggestions. Have a fab day.

13 Replies to “Rope – Exercise 3.2 – Typology”

  1. A really impressive set of photographs Richard. Worth the effort in assembling and post processing. The variety of rope is enormous and the range of colours surprising. The boat is different, but it does not disrupt. To my eye it causes pause for thought. On the other hand the far left shot in the middle row looks like a rope tie back on a curtain rather than rope on the shore. I think the size of the border is a matter of personal taste. I like your wide one. Your mid grey is bocming your signature perhaps? Lovely. Well done.

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  2. Good set of pictures again Richard. I love the first crab/lobster pot one with the geometric pattern coming from just off centre, almost like a Spirograph. I think I might be tempted to put this in the centre? I agree with Sarah the 4th picture does oddly look like a curtain tie back. I think the 8th one also has some nice textures and colour. Well done and I look forward to seeing your final arrangement

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