Naff ideas

A few naff ideas - not an exhaustive list.

Done too many times; so if you decide to do any of these, make it really good!

a drawing of a tree

Too naff to talk about; if you do any of these, don't show your photography tutor;

cartoon: boy and girl holding hands

Too difficult for various reasons;

cartoon: a baby

Too vague; but may work ok if a focused approach is taken.

Too conceptual or abstract; these tend to be based on non-visual ideas and there is a struggle to illustrate something which does not lend itself to photography;

And here are a few suggestions, hopefully not so naff: Most of these naff ideas could be done in a new and interesting way, but it is useful to know the clichés. A theme like Rubbish or Decay could create photographs of flaking paint or rotting wood with wonderful texture and colour. There are a number of great photographers who have tackled this theme - Aaron Siskind (i), Edward Weston (ii), etc...

The theme Cars could be treated in many different ways, for example a black and white photo documentary on their environmental impact / a glossy colour project concentrating on details of vintage cars / an action project on stock car racing, and so on.

Two more tips


  1. Aaron Siskind
  2. Edward Weston