Make a series of photographs of textures and colours, objects and forms. These can be
close or wide shots of essential things like clothes, bricks, bark, grass, sky, etc. Try to
render everything ‘abstract’ or not entirely recognisable by altering your viewpoint.
Reduce the file size of the images.
• Save As…JPEG
• Image Size > 1500 pixels
Place the photographs together in a grid. Aim to make a composition of at least nine
rectangle or square images.
Consider how the colours and textures, objects and forms work together and as a whole.
• Which pictures seem closer and which appear further away?
• Which colours stand out and which colours (or tones) recede?
Save the arrangement with a different file name; call it Patchwork_1.


I decided to make a series of images based around water but which also included something square or rectangular.

I think the cream and browns work well together. The green in the top left image stood out a bit too much for me at first but I then noticed the green on the steps in the bottom right image and I felt a lot happier.

I think each image has a colour that stands out more than the rest. Top left image has the green of the statue but I think the pigeon actually leaps out more. The middle top image, the water stands out but I keep being drawn to the yellow bits. Top right image, the ivory  in the middle stands out from the creamy colour around it. Bottom middle, the pale cement stands out from the grey slabs that fill the image.

Final Images

Patchwork - Water Features

Other Images

The two sets of images below don’t fit the brief for this exercise but were something that I tried out while working out how to put images together in a grid in Photoshop. Something that turned out to be very simple in the end.

I found the duck lying on the waterside when we were in Norfolk. While taking some photos to see if my ideas for assignment 4 were workable and what I would have to do in order for them to become workable I found this poor creature. It can’t have been dead for too long as the carcus has not started to decompose and it had not been bothered by dogs or any other animals, ants were in the process of exploring the corpse.

When I put the individual images together, there are four images making up the grid and not just a repetition of two, which it might appear at first glance I put the close up of the duck top right and bottom left but after looking at it wasn’t sure whether that was best so created the second set of images with the close up top left and bottom right.

Like a lot of the work that I’ve produced as during the exercises and assignments for the course I can see that there is potential to take it further and explore death and decomposition whether limited to birds or the wider animal kingdom.

Dead Duck
Still Life – Dead Duck #1
Dead Duck 2
Still Life – Dead Duck #2

The image below I produced after taking my first set of images for this exercise. Again this doesn’t fit the brief because it is the same object that is being photographed, just from different positions.

Patchwork - Water Feature
Still Life – Patchwork #1


Contact Sheets

Patchwork Contact Sheet #1Patchwork Contact Sheet #6Patchwork Contact Sheet #5Patchwork Contact Sheet #4Patchwork Contact Sheet #3Patchwork Contact Sheet #2

11 thoughts on “Patchwork”

  1. Hey Jenna.
    Ive enjoyed this. Somehow I like the duck a lot. It looks so peaceful.
    In your patchwork I’m drawn to the middle top, and I hadn’t noticed the yellow until I re-read your notes. It was the shapes and the deep colours that really stood out for me. I find lines and curves work so well together.

    I think the composition of your patchwork works well

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    1. I’ve found a couple of other dead animals recently. One was at my in-laws in the Cotswolds, in the car park alongside their house, and was just bones. Not sure what it was but it had teeth and a snout.
      The other was this morning. One of the neighbours cats must have decided that we should have a present outside the front door. A totally torn apart pigeon. Feathers everywhere. Definitely didn’t look peaceful.

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      1. The bones yes. The pigeon this morning, no. Needed to clear it away from the path before we had more flies and wasps gathering over its entrails.


    1. Thanks Carolyne. It was an interesting exercise. I think the textures and inclusion of a brick pattern in each of them was because I started with a water feature in our garden (top middle picture). After that I wanted to have the water theme but then the brick or square shape started to become a thing to.


  2. Jenna, I agree with the comments above, the curves and lines work well and I like your patchwork. I found that images 1, 2, 5 & 7 stood out from he others and I think this is because of the higher contrast in these images, brighter highlights etc.

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    1. Thanks Sarah. I enjoyed taking these. The bottom middle is the fountain in Leicester Square. It was great watching all the children and some of the adults messing about with the water jets, they were having so much fun.
      And because we were there for a little while I was able to figure out that the fountain cycles through a series of different patterns, some even having an almost musical beat to them.

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