Metamorphic Elements of Design

1/125 at f/22, ISO 200

1/125 at f/22, ISO 200

Continuing to work towards assignment 2 “Elements of Design” based on a photo shoot in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

In seven days I wanted to capture a personal view by developing and following simple themes that flowed through the whole shoot. One such theme was the effect of the climate on structures. Living in the north of our hemisphere we think of places like the Caribbean as having an idyllic climate but the reality is that a mixture of strong sunlight, rain, salt laden wind from the ocean and autumn storms create a harsh climate that will alter all but the toughest materials.

Time and nature relentlessly break everything down; wood becomes soft and weathered , iron rusts and crumbles, paint cracks and flakes, walls crumble and fall, glass clouds and breaks. Eventually an object becomes a collection of simple elements that can be scattered by the wind or tide.

This relentless process degenerates the original, desirable properties of every material and in so doing creates new textures, colours and forms  and in these we can find great beauty. Many of the elements of design are here and there was a temptation to build assignment 2 around these collections.

Degeneration Collection 1 focuses closely on the textures, colour and forms.

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Degeneration Collection 2 takes a wider perspective.

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