Category Archives: Text and photography

Fortune Cookie

Although this does not fit precisely with the course content I wanted to retain these ideas as something that I could potentially develop further in the future.

As it was Chinese New Year we sat down to a meal which included Fortune Cookies.  It occurred to me that the ‘fortune’ contained within could be made the primarily element in a portrait. What does this then infer in the resultant image?

‘You are a person with a good sense of justice’

‘The quieter you are the more you hear’

I would have liked to have made the series a set of three with others but this was not possible.

Monochrome was selected as it more strongly emphasised the writing on the paper by eliminating colour distractions.  Focussing closely ensured that the actual subject was portrayed as secondary to the text.

The overall impression is that the ‘fortune’ plays a significant role in how we believe the subject to be.  For instance, in ‘The quieter you are the more you hear’ we are immediately led to assume that the subject is particularly quiet, or otherwise.  His out of focus smile then suggests the irony of the latter.

Conversely, the stern face of the first image fits well with the text suggesting that the subject has a ‘good sense of justice’