Project 2 : Research (Nursery Rhyme)

Artist Reference #1 – Arthur Fellig

For this project, I was mainly inspired by a forensic photographer called Arthur Fellig, also known as “Weegee”. Since he was active during the 1930s, his photographs were in black and white and had a seedy/grainy texture.
Arthur Fellig

However, what set him apart from the other photographers was that he had an eerie ability to arrive at the scene before the police. He would capture the moments where officers were digesting evidence and onlookers were trying to peek through. I felt that his audience were not only fixated on the tragic but the very human qualities too, like raising questions ‘What is the police chief thinking?’ or ‘What is the eye witness feeling?’.
Arthur Fellig

We became part of the drama. I noticed how he kept focused on people or objects rather than the events itself. His photographs raised questions in our heads as he only left us with ‘clues’ to what had happened earlier.


Artist Reference #2 – Kyle Thompson

Another photographer that I was inspired by was Kyle Thompson. He has a signature style of creating surreal conceptual photography. I liked how he carefully selected out his props to effectively produce the overall ‘mood’.

Kyle Thompson

I noticed how there was good contrast between the background and props, further creating emphasis. One of his ways was using wide space. For example in the right image below, he showed how the legs are buried in a vast and open area. The empty space also directed out eyes straight to the legs.

Kyle Thompson

Another thing that I took note of was how he created a sense of dominance and depth which resulted in focal points that attracted the audience’s eyes. He applied the one-third rule and even cropped the body out to show gestures or emotions.

Kyle Thompson

The concept of Emptiness. Kyle’s images usually featured one person alone in an open space, environment or surrounding. As quoted by him, “a beauty in their simplicity”.


Artist Reference #3 – Julien Pacaud

For this artist, I was only inspired by how he created his compositions especially the use of perspective that leads audience to the focal point.

Julien Pacaud
Julien has a signature style of producing fictional spaces with “retro” visuals. He also implemented geometric shapes to create playful scenes and environment. I liked the quirky use of background and foreground to form balance and unity.

Julien Pacaud

The sense of dominance in his images were from the size, depth, colour and texture. He effectively applied empty spaces to control the overwhelming visuals.

Project 2 : Nursery Rhyme

Nursery Rhyme
The lyrics to a nursery rhyme can be quite whimsical and nonsensical. The main objective of this project is to move beyond cliche solutions to narrate a chosen nursery rhyme using images. I wanted to move away from creating literal images.

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Hence, I chose to do a concept of ‘Crime’ investigation where I let my audience to decide what is happening or will happen next. My aim was to raise questions in the audience’s mind as he views these pieces.


1. “The cow jumped over the moon” I created an outer space environment by placing a galaxy background with a small Earth on the top left side of the image. To balance it out, I placed an astronaut and a cow corpse on the bottom right. These two elements are at a bigger scale to give a sense of depth.

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2. “Little Bo Peep has lost her sheep”

Instead of placing a girl that represents ‘Little Bo Peep’, I only used her props for this image to add on to the mystery. With the ‘Butcher Shop’ door on the right side, I also placed a pair of shoes in a lighter shade in front of it to create contrast. To balance everything out, a cane is rested against the wall and a streetlamp is hung above it on the left side.

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3. “And the dish ran away with the spoon”
I created an eerie forest environment with ‘Wanted’ and ‘Missing posters stuck on the trees. These posters are in a lighter shade as compared to the trees to create contrast. They also acted as the focal point.. I applied the one-third rule where the tree in the foreground is slightly shifted to the right the whole image will not be too jarring.

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4. “Humpty Dumpty had a great fall”

With the Crime concept in mind, I created a white outline of the egg (Humpty Dumpty) as if an accident had occurred. To compliment that, I also added a number 1 card next to it as the first ‘clue’. I let the background remain as bricks to show the exact place this accident took place. Lastly, I balanced out with a soldier investigating the scene on the right side of the image.

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