Interpretations 2 – Quotation

“Life Is Like Riding a Bicycle – To Keep Your Balance You Must Keep Moving”


“Das Leben ist wie ein Fahrrad fahren. Um dein Gleichgewicht zu halten, musst du weitergehen.”

Quotation Investigator

This Quotation I selected was by Albert Einstein, at first it totally confused me about what he was talking about and I was struggling to come up with an idea to represent this quote, to be honest, I still do not know if I am 100% certain now but let’s have a go.

I looked through a lot of different sites relating to the interpretation of quotations this first site I came upon was Quotation Investigator which was even more confusing because of the amount of detail they placed on the phrase ‘Life is like Riding a Bicycle’ I was looking for something a little more minimalist so I thought what can I do to represent this.

The Bike is the representation of life, meaning if that person stays balanced on the bike and not deviate to the left or and fall off they would ideologically have a good life and improve their health and wellbeing.

so the decision was taken to shoot me with my old bike in the top four images which are slightly different and the bottom four images of the new bike.



What I was trying to show is that my life was going in the wrong direction that’s why the bike is facing to the right so I would have been heading collision with my mental health but me the new bike is to reveal that I had the collision and my new bike was taking me to a better life and experiences on a new road road. In other word’s I had nothing to lose by standing up to my depression and turning it around and become a more confident and better person.

Each image is to represent all the stages I went through with counselling and what the turnaround and then the slow recovery over time.


The quotation assignment given to us by Mark really stretched my thing about what to do, to be honest, I did not really like this task at all because I could not visualise anything that would go with my quote by Einstein, and that was after looking at an interpretation of the meaning of the quote.

I tried to use this quote as a metaphor for a part of my life when I was suffering from depression and tried to express my “fight or flight” safety net, which is why the bicycle is there as this was used as my safety net when I went out. When I got the feeling of panic, fear and not been able to cope with that situation, the bicycle would become my way of escape, so when I got the new bike it was a turnaround as though I had fallen off the bike and had enough of been ill, it was now time to get better get on my new bike and improve my situation.

so this is what I have tried to represent in my image which seems to work, I still have some doubts about whether it is portraying what I envisaged as my idea but it may become a piece to work on in greater detail later and try something different like riding the bike’s or actually do it on location and put myself in the situation again and try and replicate those feelings of fear and panic again.



Interpretation 2

These images are a progression on the previous chair image below to show what can be when more thought is actually putting into looking for a subject to shoot, both these images were edited in On One Photo Raw. Vignettes were then placed over both images and the centre of the vignette was repositioned until I was happy with the way it drew the viewers eye into the image.

Here is a screen capture of OnOne Photo Raw taken will I was working on another image.


ON1 Raw
Scale Lane Bridge – edited in On One Photo Raw


Here are the images I have been looking at to use as final images for the interpretations 2 for mark where we had to select three of the twelve original images we did and re-imagine them so here goes.

The images were taken on a Nikon D7100 with a HammerHead flash using back button focusing on AE/L button with a 50mm F1.8 manual prime lens. the statue and wire cable drum images were taken at approximately 2:30 pm in the afternoon with a slightly overcast cloud give a nice depth and colour to the clouds.


After talking to Mark on Wednesday about this image he critiqued the fact that the modern builds in the background were distracting from the main part of the image which was the migrant family, but I didn’t want to loose the cloud effect because it was a strong part of the image as well and if I had to do a reshoot I may have been able to get the same effect

So a decision was made to make a selection around the couple in photoshop using the selection tool and then using a Gaussian blur tool, blur out the background of the image so that the couple would pop out more and distract from the background itself which I know I have achieved.


This was chosen for the Everlasting Beauty, The thought behind this is the fact that flowers may not last very long in reality but the intention of giving a flower to someone is to show everlasting love for them.

The flower in the image was part of a bouquet I gave my partner to represent how I felt about her and the colours reminded me of her bright African clothing. The image was processed in Photoshop, I used a high pass filter to bring out more detail and boosted the colours slightly as well.

Lighting Diagram for Flower


Where used to represent a pile of things the reason I shot this particular image was I loved the shape that the chairs made while stacked up and the fact the were straight and curved lines as well as the pattern of the woven seat and back with the light and shadow detail plus the texture of the wall and the floor also stood out rather well.

The image was touched up in Photoshop by lifting the colour slightly and bring out the texture of the material they were made off with a high pass filter.

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This was quite an interesting task it gave me the opportunity to re-visit three of the images from the interpretations assignment and improve or even change the subjects

Shirley Goodsell Final Image


Prince Street Triptych

Here is my final image for the Shirley Goodsell a three image composition of the area of Prince Street in Hull the first full-colour image is a replication of the original painting as near as I could get to it in the rain so I have the added bonus of the reflections in the wet cobbles and pavement which add just a bit more interest.

The second image is same as the first but this time I inverted the colours to create a negative style effect to the photograph which I really like because we still have the separation of the colours of the buildings.

And finally, image three which was just a case of selecting one-half of the image and converting it to greyscale showing the difference between colour and black & white.

I am really happy with the final result and hope it does justice to Shirley Goodell’s original piece.

Interpretations IV

Here is my final set of images for the interpretations section, I have already decided what the final image will be so I will add that next.

Bokeh Portrait

This image was taken with a Canon EOS 1100D with an F1.8, 50 mm lens (0.4 secs, ISO 1600).

Bokeh Christmas

This image was taken with a Canon EOS 1100D with an F1.8, 50 mm lens (1/4 secs, ISO 1600)

Bokeh Coloured Lights 1

This image was taken with a Canon EOS 1100D with an F1.8, 50 mm lens (1/4 secs, ISO 1600)

Bokeh Coloured Lights 2

This image was taken with a Canon EOS 1100D with an F1.8, 50 mm lens (1/4 secs, ISO 1600)

Bokeh Coloured Lights 3

This image was taken with a Canon EOS 1100D with an F1.8, 50 mm lens (1/4 secs, ISO 1600)

Bokeh Coloured Lights 4

This image was taken with a Canon EOS 1100D with an F1.8, 50 mm lens (1/4 secs, ISO 1600)

I was a little concerned with the orange/brown background, unfortunately, that is to do with the sodium light not far from where the picture was taken.

Interpretation III

Here are three more images for this section 2 are of a Slinkachu Style and the third is looking into the sun.

Just deciding on which two to put through?

The two imp images were taken with a Nikon D7000 and a sigma 50 mm macro lens 1:2.8 as I was trying to get as detail in the imp and get the background to gradually fade away.

The Looking into the sun image was shot on a Canon 1100D using its 18-55 mm kit lens at 28 mm 1/100s at f10, apart from a slight green lens flare in the tree I do like the way I have captured the sun’s rays coming through the tree.

Interpretations 12 final images

Here are my first 12 final images for the interpretations section.

I was initially struggling with this section until I had a good walk around the town until I found some  images that I could use, and that fit the criteria of the assignment, some of my rejections is here as well.

The moon image (Timeless Beauty) was the most difficult for me not having a really good Telephoto lens, but I am happy with this result from the 70-300 mm Tamron lens that I used on the Canon 750D settings were (ISO-3200, F10, 1/3200s at 300 mm Focal Length).

  • Red Ball
  • Cat
  • Dangerous Place
  • Rush Hour
  • Couple
  • Picture of a boat with a shallow depth of field
  • Timeless Beauty
  • Things in a pile
  • Piece of White Paper
  • Looking into the Sun
  • Slinkachu
  • Bokeh