Project: Illustration

Exercise: Evidence of action

Produce one photograph in which it can be seen that something has happened. Include in the photograph something that has been broken perhaps.


This image could be construed to be caused to be natures wind damage. However it is man-made by the local landowner managing the trees surrounding his land. Very clearly a deliberate action and one that also shows the concept of broken.

Exercise: Juxtaposition

For this exercise we have to choose either a still-life approach or a larger scale shot, which involves choosing a viewpoint and lens focal point to suggest a relationship. If the latter, photograph someone with a possession, or the results of their work or hobby.


Exercise: Rain

Imaging a magazine cover on one subject rain. Produce a single, strong, attractive photograph that leaves no one in doubt about the subject. An exercise in imagination and should be kept simple, attractive and interesting.



Project: Narrative

Exercise: A narrative picture essay

 This project requires an assignment to be created and photographed which tells a story or narrative in a series of pictures between 5 and 15. Whilst in Morocco I recalled this was an upcoming exercise and decided to take a series of photographs at the Leather Tannery in Fez.

This ancient tannery in the depths of the Medina in Fez is the oldest tannery in the world and dates back at least nine centuries. When approaching the tannery the smell is the first indication that something unusual is about to appear! The smell drifts around the balcony from where all the action can be viewed. The foul smell is worth braving as the view over the balcony allows you to see a site that has not changed since the 11th century.


View of Leather Tannery in Fez from Viewing Balcony

The tannery is composed of numerous stone vessels filled with a vast range of dyes and various odorous liquids. The tannery processes the hides of sheep and goats, turning them into high quality leather products such as bags, slippers and other similar products. This is all achieved manually, without the need for modern machinery.




The tannery workers at the stone vessels filled with a vast range of dyes and liquids

The hides are first soaked in diluted acidic pigeon excrement and then transferred to other vessels containing vegetable dyes such as henna, saffron and mint.

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The hides are dried on the roofs of the Medina


The finished leather goods on sale in the Fez Medina