Exercise 4.5


“Make a Google Images search for ‘landscape’, ‘portrait’, or any ordinary subject such as ‘apple’ or ‘sunset’. Add a screengrab of a representative page to your learning log and note down the similarities you find between the images.

Now take a number of your own photographs of the same subject, paying special attention to the ‘Creativity’ criteria at the end of Part One. You might like to make the subject appear ‘incidental’, for instance by using juxtaposition, focus or framing. Or you might begin with the observation of Ernst Haas, or the ‘camera vision’ of Bill Brandt.

Add a final image to your learning log, together with a selection of preparatory shots. In your notes describe how your photograph differs from your Google Images source images of the same subject.”

Here’s a google image search for ‘shoe(s)’


What’s immediately apparent is most shoes are displayed on a white background, as a pair, with no other distractions. Sometimes the shoes are worn by someone, but not that often. Although the purpose of the image is probably clear, its fair to say they are a little boring!

My experiments with shoes mostly revolved around my available footwear, which is a pair of boots and flip flops. So for the sake of accuracy, heres a couple of specific searches


Flip flops are a bit more fun – I like the image with the row of them on a washing line.

My image

I just had fun with this. It was good to focus on being playful rather than thinking about whether I was using the camera correctly.


As it turns out, wearing your flip flops on your arms isn’t that effective. I liked the idea of garden a ornament wearing my boot, or of course a garden bench. These are my favourites:





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