Category Archives: 2. Exercise Symbols

Exercise Symbols (page 176)

List more than one symbol for each of the following and how I might use them in a photograph.


I have added a few examples where I have taken photos whilst studying for this course.

1. GROWTH

Flowers opening

In spring there are many opportunities to photograph buds, leaves and flowers opening. I would need to use a macro lens or long zoom lens and have a shallow depth of field by keeping the lens open as wide as possible.  I would try to vary the angle of shooting – shooting up would accentuate growth.

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Foetus

Take a picture of  pregnant woman having a scan (or even use the photo of a scan) or simply a photo of pregnant woman. Another idea would be a statue such as “Verity” by Danien Hirst in Ilfracombe.

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Graph

Take a photo of a slide of a graph showing an upward trend.

Building in progress

Either a distance shot of a building under construction or a close up of a bricklayer adding to a wall.

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Phallic symbol

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2. EXCESS

Photo of pot/saucepan boiling over

Close up on a stove (or for safety reasons on a camping stove outdoors)

Overflowing shopping bag or trolley

Either a still life or people in (or leaving) a shopping mall or supermarket

Excess loads

People carrying heavy loads

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Overweight people

Outdoor scene – seaside usually a good opportunity

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Overflowing plate of food

Still life

3. CRIME

Crime scene tape

Distance shot or close up with police officer

Broken window

Possibly use an old window from scrap yard and create still life

Part of bike chained to railing

Often see parts of bicycles chained to railings or could possible stage such a scene

Damaged vehicle


4. SILENCE

Examination Room 

Either an examination in progress or a photo of silence boards outside (or even a poster of  Examination Regulations)

Grave/Lamb/Mouse/Clam

Still life to go with the idiom “as silent as a  …”

Person with finger to mouth indicating silence

Portrait

5. POVERTY

Beggar in street/Vagrant

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Urchin looking unkempt

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Some sign of homelessness

Big Issue seller

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Pawnbrokers sign

Mother with lots of children looking down at heel

This would be quite sensitive to take

People living in squalid conditions

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People working in poor conditions

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