4D – Project 2 “Pairs”

Missing Pair

Hiew Jin Yee

I have never notice how some things in life are pair together by nature. When I start to realize how things are linked to one another, I start to have this thought in my mind; what if one of them is missing one day? This series of photo includes items that are standing alone without their partner. The items are deliberately placed on white background towards the left side of the frame to bring out the emptiness on the right where their missing pair is supposed to be. This allows the viewer to start thinking about what is missing in the photo. This is where they will start to realize how their brain subconsciously link the missing item with the one displayed.


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The process of coming out with items to photography was tedious. I have a hard time thinking of what item have a missing pair. I tried separating them into two different category so that I can narrow down my selection. Thus, this was the few items based on whether they can function with/without one another and how our brain link two item together. I definitely learn a thing or two since project 1, receiving feedback on how to improved the project, like how I decided to use plain background to complicated background and back to my original white background. The overall experience was fun, and how the project improved since project 1.

Here’s the reason behind why I decided to do on the topic “pairs” is because I chance upon this quote. This makes me wonder, what are some other item that come in pair and everyone just think it is natural for this item to be place together, that we cannot separate them in a way or another.

Sorry soldier, shoes sold in pairs.