OCA: TaoP Assignment 5: Narrative
12 Images on the theme of Illustration and Narrative
To illustrate a story in the
mode of a magazine assignment
Selected story – An easy days
training for two team cyclists
Freeman, M. (2012) Michael The Photographer’s story Lewes: The Ilex Press.
Hunter, F. et al (2007) Light: Science and Magic: an Introduction to Photographic Lighting (3rd
Edition). Burlington, MA. Focal Press.
D. (2003) Creative Lighting Techniques for studio photographers, (2nd Edition).
London, Amherst Media.
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This assignment presented an opportunity to demonstrate the
idea of a connected flow and sequence of a story, and to singularly illustrate
a subject with the introductory image. The potential for a story was not
necessarily the difficult element of the assignment. More difficult was
employing the elements of previous assignment and exercise experience and
learning within the story board of images. These elements of course would
provide photographic stimulus to the viewer.
My initial ‘potential’ themes for this story presented fairly
sound ideas – a day in the life of a homeless man, the experience of students
and lecturers in preparation for a degree show, a study of the close
relationship between a teenage girl and her horse.
All of these themes presented a good potential for a story
sequence, but all of these stories fell over for different reasons, but for
the latter two these reasons were by and
Not being capable to exercise change when
‘planned shots ‘do not appear before the camera.
Discomfort in photographing scenes with multiple
people and not engaging with the subject matter – resulting in images which
lacked stimulating composition, colour, shape and therefore illustration of the
subject matter. This also resulted in image sets all with same focal length and
similar framing – again too easy to record and therefore dull to look at as a
Collation of imagery which in illustration is
too similar as a group and therefore lacking story variation, story peak
termination and coda (Freeman: 2012).
storyboard imagery requires an interesting subject matter which is aided by
changing environments which can present opportunities in photography in terms
of lighting, shape and colour, and also maintaining narrative interest.
Considerations in making additions to the story – i.e. new characters or activities
helps keep the story fresh for the viewer, in this case the use of the car and
photography from the car/cameraman’s point of view. Changes in camera framing
and composition also aid the visual interest to the story set – and previous
attempts at this assignment certainly proved that. Essentially, it has taken
three attempts to satisfy the demands of the assignment in terms of initially separating
and recognising the story’s photographic and
narrative needs – and then bringing these components back together.