Image Development

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How images are cropped and formatted can have a big effect on the story they are telling. I have chosen an image with background, foreground and action and cropped it in different ways to experiment with the story and see what the image has to offer.

I chose to do this in Photoshop again to save on ink, although I printed out the cropped versions to experiment with in my sketchbook. The first image below shows the initial image with Photoshop mask applied to frame different parts of the image.

I chose 2 images to develop further. The first was of the foal’s hooves in the top of the frame. Although it is an awkward crop it made me focus on the hooves themselves which made me think of thunder. I used a large, handrawn font to show this word and tinted a cloud photo with orange to bring focus to the galloping horse at the top of the image. The difficulty with this arrangement is that it takes the viewer’s eye out of the frame.

The second image I chose was of the three horses in portrait format, which I tagged as ‘generations’. I wanted to bring most attention to the foal as the young are the next generation so I deepened his colour. I applied texture to all the horses, to draw attention here, as it is the relationship between all the generations that makes for a strong society. In this pic, ‘mum’ is obviously somewhat annoyed at her young as she has her ears back. I could have drawn them forward but I think it shows the natural tensions that occur between mother and child. I chose a font that is quite fun and childlike for this one and have placed the word close to the foal so the eye goes here first. The path is a sub-dominant element as it supports the message of a journey through the generations and the hills are subordinate in this image.

I think the final image works as a poster with regards to composition although the curve of the text possibly fights with the direction of the path. This may be improved by redrawing the path going towards the right corner. It is good that the path doesn’t actually touch the edge of the frame but I could have desaturated the far distance to give more focus to the circle of interaction in the foreground.

Update Following Feedback

I would like to submit ‘thunder’ as my final piece. It was my first response to this exercise and, as my tutor suggests, is more successful than the second image.

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