A Considered Composition

Following the layout exercises of last week, a brief was set to create a more considered composition rather than just toying with methods and playing with ideas and shapes.

Using processes of photography, drawing, collage and either Photoshop or Illustrator (or both) make a visually interesting image based A3 composition on the theme of your chosen word. You can choose how much of each process is used, so long as all 4/5 of them are represented in the final piece.

We were each given a series of words to pick from and I chose ‘tradition’.  I felt that there were lots of avenues I could explore with this word as shown in these mind maps.

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I thought that an interesting avenue to follow would be the idea of the tradition of power, rebellion, anarchism and revolution.  Despite traditions being typically perceived to be things like legends, families, religious tradition, preservation and consistency, I saw a more interesting path in the traditions of revolt and rebellion.  If tradition is usually represented as cultural norms, civilisation, peaceful society, then the antithesis of this would be the destruction of those ideals, a feeling of discord and tension.  If looking at the history of revolutionary change then the catalysts of such change have often centred on the opposition of ‘tradition’ and archaic ideas which people seek to oppose and change.  A tradition of rebellion and revolt.

“Many small people who in many small places do many small things that can alter the face of the world.”

I certainly felt that this would create more dynamic and interesting visual compositions.

  • Power and importance
  • Tradition of opposition
  • Traditional signs, symbols, icons
  • Rebellion, anarchism, anarchy, friction, subculture

Anarchy and disobedience are the opposite of tradition and traditional ideals, but it could be argued that this in itself is a tradition: one of protest, anarchy and tension.  I began looking at images related to these ideas, looking particularly at the culture of protest and anarchism, seemingly rooted in subculture.




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