These four images are a previous students work in which I have chosen to annotate and look into more detail because I feel that this piece has a great sense of continuity to it; and stands out due to the images as you can tell there has been a lot of thought into the framing, colour and editing.
The use of camera and Photoshop
Throughout all four images, they have used a range of camera distances that are: super close up, close up, long shot and an extreme long shot, this variation is well balanced and pleasing to the eye rather than having four long shots as it wouldn’t captivate the audience the same way. Looking at the inside right image, the use of the rule of thirds worked great here as the eye is just of center and because he is looking directly down the lens it feels like he is connecting with the audience which grabs their attention. They have used Photoshop well to bring out the harshness of the blue, this idea of using blue adds to the continuity of the sea theme that runs throughout, however I feel like they could perhaps have enhanced the colour of the sea as it seems a bit too grey compared to the other pictures.
The front cover is excellently Photo shopped to make it look like he’s holding the album title, also, looks like it was inspired by the René Magritte painting called ‘The Son of Man’ where his face is hidden by an apple, however in this case his head is hidden by the album title.
Mise-en-scene and meaning
Lighting- There is a clear, bright lighting on all the images except the back cover. Because the fore ground of his silhouette and the background are similar colours and the lighting comes across as quite dull in comparison.
Props- Even though it’s not meant to be clearly seen they have still put the head of an acoustic guitar under his hands which works well as it is conventional to their genre, (Inside left).
Costume- The fact that he is wearing a suit on the beach highlights that it’s clear the genre is indie, because the picture is quite random.
Setting- The beach as a setting is again a very conventional setting for the genre as it connotes feelings of freedom, sorrow, nostalgia and reflection. The symmetrical position of his hands and the way he is standing creates an aesthetic pleasure for the audience, which also conveys a simplicity to it.
The word choice and level of audience engagement
Starting with the title and band name, they have the names ‘Ocean and ‘sea’ on it and the pictures shows images of the ocean which relates quite nicely and helps with gaining the predictable pleasure from the audience. On the back of the album you’ll find a list of 7 song names, for example, ‘Wildfire’, ‘Atlantis’, and ‘Oceans’, these particular songs have the theme of nature in common which fits in perfectly with indie, however the grey, dull look of the back cover makes it not as clear as it could be as the background gets darker as it goes down.
The creative use of DTP to integrate images and text and use of colour/ typeface
The simplicity of the typeface shows further continuity and how the same font flows nicely onto the back of the album which brings it together as a whole. The use of colour throughout the album is amazing, the use of the different shades of blues and greys make the bright, electric blue stand out the most and really entice the audience.
Overall, looking at the mark scheme above, I would give this album lower level 4 because they have manipulated the images to perfection and the use of colour is great, also they have kept the continuity of the genre present throughout all four sides. They did not reach the upper level 4 because the back cover is not very visually pleasing (with the exception of the silhouette).