OPN_015 - Tom McConnell - Title: Scrabble for Gold with the Seeds of Corruption
Award: Not Accepted
Unfortunately this image appears rather ‘fuzzy’ and unclear.
Do watch around the edges of your image – you have just managed to include all of the word ‘Scrabble’ on the game piece in the bottom left hand corner. Other game squares are just showing around the edges of the frame and appear a little untidy.
Structurally, the image feels weighted more heavily towards the left side with the greater array of game pieces contained in this half of the picture. Our eyes can come to rest on the “M” or “B” but there is a feeling of clutter and business in the image which makes it difficult to discern any directional leading lines or main point of interest. Even within an apparent randomness, aim for some form of structural organisation which will allow the viewer’s eyes to move around the image and arrive at the main focal point naturally and unhindered. This is essentially a ‘still life’ so you have the ability to control subject placement and lighting. Experiment some more with how you want to structure the component pieces within your shot and be very clear about where you want us to be looking.
You have included an intriguing array of textures and shapes – the surface and regularity of the game pieces, the texture of the cloth and the smoothness of the seeds are all contrasting and add an interesting dimension to the overall shot.
I think you set yourself a very hard task with this image. Based on the title you are dealing with the concepts of greed, corruption, power and the abuse of power. The items contained within your image are designed to represent these, but I feel it’s almost too literal. These are complicated abstract concepts which I think are most powerfully conveyed when they show the effects they have on people and reflect how a society treats its most vulnerable.