Exercise 2.1: Zoom

10th February 2021

For Part 2: Imaginative spaces, we are asked to set our camera to aperture priority mode, this will be the first time that I have ever used this mode, so it will be quite exciting for me as I love learning new things.

For exercise 2.1: Zoom we are asked to, ‘Find a scene that has depth. From a fixed position, take a sequence of five or six shots at different focal lengths without changing your viewpoint.’ OCA Expressing Your Vision course folder p.40

To begin the work for this exercise I took a few fixed position shots outside of the Drs surgery while waiting for my blood test appointment. I did not have my camera on me so I used my mobile phone camera. The camera on my iPhone 7 is not the best, but I decided it would be worthwhile just practicing the exercise. By having a practice I would be able to see if I could make the shots look as though I am moving towards an area in my immediate environment.

I managed to shoot four different zoom sequences from the spot at which I was standing and these can be seen below. I found that using the mobile phone zoom gave poor low resolution images the further I zoomed in.

Even though the last image in each sequence showed low resolution it is only visually noticeable when the images are viewed at a larger size.

To present the images I have firstly shown them in order from the furthest distance to the closest. Secondly I have presented them as a slide show so that the viewer can feel the zooming in effect.

Zoom one

Zoom two

Zoom three

Zoom four

Extending the exercise brief

I decided to extend the idea of ‘zoom’ one step further. To do this I chose part of an image within my zoom series that I believed to be quite interesting in the terms of design, texture or shape. My first experiment was with the station sign in Zoom four. I zoomed in using my iPad screen until I gained a new visual image which because of the low resolution takes on an almost abstract quality.

It is these type of photographic images that I would like to explore further, I see myself more as a creative photographer as I am drawn to looking at the world around me differently. This is definitely something I will return to, creating a series from and using the iPhone because the soft lines and visual mottling is easily obtainable.

Zoom one – The Dr’s Surgery

Zoom two – The Station

Zoom two – The Station

Zoom two – The Station

Zoom three – The Roundabout

Zoom four – The Station

Due to the fact that I had obtained some amazing images from zooming in further, I thought I would present the zoom images within a grid. The first trials can be seen below. From here I decided to push the exercise another step further and present a selection of multiple images in grid format. These grids show zooming in from the environment shots through to the abstract colour, line and texture shots. These grids are in another section below.

Colour, shape, line, texture and text grids

Presentation of multiple images

To take this project a step further I decided to develop the grid concept further. This development would incorporate a selection of the original photographs which would show the ‘journey’ through the zooming technique and would be incorporated with selected details. These details would fall within the categories of colour, line, shape, text and texture.

The aim of these grids is to give the viewer a sense of the ‘journey’, ‘movement’ by using the selected zoom images and to give an enhanced look at the ‘neglected’. I use the term neglected because it symbolises the details in the world around us which are not focused on, these are the minute parts of something that when connected to other small parts become the objects we look at. This is where the main concept of using the categories of colour, line, shape, text and texture come in to play.

Zoom one: The Dr’s Surgery

Zoom two: The Lion Grid

Zoom three – The Roundabout Grid

Zoom four: The Station Grid


I have found extending this exercise quite stimulating. Buzzing with new ideas, I have thought how the work completed can be linked to Assignment one: Square Mile which connects with the concept of journeys. In fact I would be able to include this work within the exhibition that I had planned. The link for this blog post can be found here.

To accompany the photographic work I would include creative art work in the form of both two dimensional and three dimensional elements. The art work would emphasise colour, shape, line and texture. I would produce large abstract ink work which would focus on the amazing soft, abstract colour images that I obtained, iPad pastel drawings which would emphasise the images constructed with interesting lines and shapes, and lastly I would create textured abstract work which, for example, could be in the form of weaving different textures and mixed media rug hooking.

I have really enjoyed working on this exercise. I actually think that presenting the images in different formats, ordered images from left to right, slideshow images and grids, gives the final work some depth.

I know I have extended this simple exercise quite a long way but I am afraid it is how my brain works. It likes to push the boundaries to see what I can invent, which may sound grand, but it has its downfalls and that is my head can become over stimulated and I cannot turn off, the buzzing I get from this is loud and hurts. However, I would not change how I have always reacted to stimuli because I find looking into things and experimenting, researching and noticing the smaller things that usually get over looked in life, (a bit like me) exciting.

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