52 Projects week 10: Layer Up!

Here we are in week 10 of following the projects in the book 52 Assignments: Street Photography by Brian Lloyd Duckett.

It’s been more than a week since the last installment of this project – the reality is that life got in the way for a while there! Visitors at home, weekends away, and uncooperative weather meant a delay to the next assignment.

In a way that was good though because it meant I had plenty of time to sit with the ideas and work out how I would respond. The instructions for this assignment suggest this approach, challenging us to take a decent amount of time to practice the technique.

That technique is, as you might guess from the title, layering – having a number of different ‘scenes’ located on different planes (e.g. foreground, middle-ground, background) within the same image. The theory is that this adds depth, volume, and interest. The really challenging part is to make sure that all of the layers interact with each other in some way – it’s got to be deliberate. That’s the bit that took some time! Even more challenging, the task this time was to produce not one, not five, but TEN images!

Over a couple of trips to the city, I walked around with this idea in mind, and my Ricoh GRIII in hand for quick response. Pleased to say I’ve managed to reach the required quota, and enjoyed the process of trying to line up two or three different elements at the same time – it’s like “the decisive moment” but with the difficulty turned up a notch!

Here are my ten ‘layered’ images – let me know your thoughts…

52 Projects week 10: Layer Up!