Assignment Two: Elements of Design

This assignment is intended to show the various elements of design as covered in the previous exercises, but as captured in images of one particular subject. I have chosen street scenes for this, although this has been stretched a little to cover my commute to work.  As with the previous exercises in Elements of Design,  I have intentionally stuck with monochrome to prevent the distraction of colour and making it clearer what the elements are.

Single point dominating the composition. Rather than go for the 'one small point on a plain background' type of point, I chose this taped up window where the tape itself crosses to make a specific point to which the eye naturally travels.  

Single point dominating the composition.

Rather than go for the 'one small point on a plain background' type of point, I chose this taped up window where the tape itself crosses to make a specific point to which the eye naturally travels.

 

Two points in a composition.

Here I have chosen the two people as the two focal points of the image, It could be argued that they are one single point, but they do differ in appearance and the eye naturally picks them out as two people.

Several points in a deliberate shape.

A mosaic is a classic example of where individual points are laid out to form a distinct shape or pattern - in this case an ampersand. The shape is a little more complex than a standard element and I might perhaps have been better cropping down and selecting the circle at the top of the ampersand.

A combination of vertical and horizontal lines.

I thought this was interesting as there were bricks laid perpendicular to each other, which I thought was  a bit odd. Although any brickwork will have some horizontal and vertical lines, the strange layout increases how noticeable they are.

Diagonals

There are clear diagonals in this wood panelling, although it was difficult to get good contrast as the lighting was front on, with no raking light.

Diagonals

I added an extra image for diagonals to show more of a sense of movement. I enhanced the downward slope of the ramp to an underground car park by rotating the image slightly. The painted lines which run down the wall contrast sufficiently to catch the eye, seemingly leading it to the dark entrance of the car park.  

Curves

Curves are often associated with gracefulness and beauty: a swan’s neck for example or a sand dune. I feel there is something satisfying about this image even though there is little to look at.   

Curves are also associated with movement and direction, in a similar way to the way diagonal lines are, but in the image above this is not so apparent.

 

Curves

I have added a second, slightly abstract image, to show curves, as there is certainly more of a feeling of movement in this image. Perhaps we are accustomed to the movement that roads allow for and we make the connection.

Distinct even if irregular shapes I wasn't completely sure what type of image to use for this one, so I ended up choosing a fairly simple image showing rectangles and squares of brick used in the design of this block of flats. The signpost was kept in as it added a slight enigma to the image.

Distinct even if irregular shapes

I wasn't completely sure what type of image to use for this one, so I ended up choosing a fairly simple image showing rectangles and squares of brick used in the design of this block of flats. The signpost was kept in as it added a slight enigma to the image.

Implied triangle.

These metal bollards (actually an art installation) form a clear implied triangle.

Implied triangle The arm of this crane as well as the mound of sand and gravel below the apex, creates a triangular effect, enhanced by the use of an orange filter to darken the crane's arm.

Implied triangle

The arm of this crane as well as the mound of sand and gravel below the apex, creates a triangular effect, enhanced by the use of an orange filter to darken the crane's arm.

Rhythm I found rhythm to be a tricky one to find, simply as it wasn't totally clear in my mind what I was trying to achieve, In the end I used the toppled phone box art installation in Kingston town centre. The photograph taken from an angle that allowed the tops of the boxes to run more or less across the top of frame.

Rhythm

I found rhythm to be a tricky one to find, simply as it wasn't totally clear in my mind what I was trying to achieve, In the end I used the toppled phone box art installation in Kingston town centre. The photograph taken from an angle that allowed the tops of the boxes to run more or less across the top of frame.

Rhythm

I chose this image of the underside of a fire exit staircase as a second rhythm shot. In a way I have imitated Michael Freeman's image from the coursework, where the rhythm is disrupted by the man in the lower right corner. In my shot, the rhythm is disturbed by another piece of metalwork which I left in the cropped shot for this reason.

Pattern There's a clear pattern to these windows which form part of a student hall of residence.

Pattern

There's a clear pattern to these windows which form part of a student hall of residence.