52 Projects week 5: Pick a Colour

Here we are in week 5 of following the projects in the book 52 Assignments: Street Photography by Brian Lloyd Duckett.

After the randomness and spontaneity of last week’s ‘no viewfinder’ assignment, this week was a much more structured task, to use the relationship between similar colours as a visual ‘anchor’, to keep the viewer engaged in the images for longer.

I’m not sure if I was supposed to just use the same colour for all six images, but anyway I didn’t do that. I found it a real challenge to keep observing colours and yet still create an image that would have some depth and interest to it beyond that element. The colour is supposed to hook the viewer in, but the story of the image still needs to be present. So a lot of concentration needed, and much more deliberate compositions this week. At times I felt like a camper, with an image all lined up and just waiting for the final element to enter the frame. I tried not to move any objects, but rather to wait for the scene to unfold organically in front of me. I was also very conscious of the backgrounds, trying to minimise any additional colours in the scene without relying on the dreaded ‘colour pop’ technique in post processing.

In the end I was pretty happy with this set, and as with the previous weeks, I found this assignment to be a great visual exercise. Give it a go!

52 Projects week 5: Pick a Colour

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