Brief:- Make a series of photographs of textures and colours, objects and forms. These can be close or wide shots of essential things like clothes, bricks, bark, grass, sky, etc. Try to render everything ‘abstract’ or not entirely recognisable by altering your viewpoint. Reduce the file size of the images. Save As…JPEG. Image Size > 1500 pixels. Place the photographs together in a grid. Aim to make a composition of at least nine rectangle or square images. Consider how the colours and textures, objects and forms work together and as a whole. Which pictures seem closer and which appear further away? Which colours stand out and which colours (or tones) recede? Save the arrangement with a different file name; call it Patchwork_1. Now remove one of the photographs that appeared distant. Put in its place a photograph of a distant person. Remove one of the photographs that is close, a near detail. Put in its place a photograph depicting a close-up of the same person. Save it as Patchwork_2. What has happened to your interpretation of the finished picture?
The pictures which feel the closest are the banana’s, and then the lower two on the right, with the stairwell and plate at bottom centre feeling furthest away. Colour-wise I would have to say that the banana, the wall centre left and the wicker on the centre right stand out the most, with the mirror at top left and diamond at bottom left less so. I find it harder to pick with the colours, because I find that they all have an impact upon me, other than the diamond at the lower left hand corner.
The second part of the brief requires to replace near and far photos with a close-up and distant portrait. I’m quite surprised by my reaction. I don’t find that the mosaic works with the near shot image of the man in it. Perhaps it has to do with the cooler colour temperatures, or maybe it feels to impersonal by using a photo in which he is looking away from the camera. There is a positive aspect as well though, and that’s that he ties the objects/scenes together. They could easily be seen as aspects of his life, and I have seen patchwork presentations which have that sole purpose.
The course material that I am using doesn’t make mention of including a portrait to replace near or receding parts of the patchwork, I only discovered this whilst copying and pasting from an earlier word version. So I had already messed around with the photos that I had chosen, trying a few arrangements. Here’s one that I also liked.