Assignment 2: processing options


More details here and here, but in summary:

  • Theme:
    • Food poverty
  • Concept:
    • To depict the sensations of not knowing where your next meal is coming from: anxiety, obsession, inability to focus
  • Execution:
    • Surreal images of foodstuffs (in total comprising an emergency food bank parcel) in public places, to imply hallucinating food

I’ve shot 70% of what I need for the assignment and have started playing with processing options.

Processing alternatives

There are a couple of principles that I’ve already decided on:

  • Images will be portrait but laid on a landscape backdrop – to signify tunnel vision / narrowing of focus
  • Images will be very slightly angled – to signify a subtle skewing of reality
  • Statistics on reasons for food bank use will be added as text overlays

However, the major processing decisions are eluding me. I just can’t decide on two particular decisions:

  • Colour or black & white? (the classic!)
  • Plain white background or unfocused b&w version of scene as background?

Below are four versions each of three executions. Click first image for a slideshow view.

I need peer comments…!

7 thoughts on “Assignment 2: processing options

  1. lynda512863 26 April 2016 / 21:22

    I like the colour with the blurred background. The food items are more discernible in the colour than in the B&W images and the blurred background adds another intriguing layer. The colour image in the blurred background looks like a window of time has been cut into the past.


    • Rob Townsend 27 April 2016 / 11:35

      Thanks. I spent most of yesterday preferring the b&w but then had a change of heart and think I’m going with colour now!


  2. Judy Bach 27 April 2016 / 21:36

    I agree with Lynda , the colour/ unfocused combination draws the eye . This is a really interesting and thought provoking subject you have chosen for the assignment.


    • Rob Townsend 28 April 2016 / 09:35

      Thanks. In the end I decided on colour with a plain white background, and lost the text. Cleaner and simpler…


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