I have finally re-started the photography course I signed up to last year, and I’m getting ready to complete my first assignment. It would be great if you could spend 5 minutes giving me a helping hand.

My assignment is to take 8 pairs of pictures to illustrate contrasting concepts. So I have taken 16 pictures, and made sure that the two pictures in each pair has something in common that connects them, while at the same time depicting two contrasting opposites.

The 8 contrasts are:

  • Large / small
  • Many / few
  • Broad / narrow
  • Continuous / intermittent
  • Pointed / blunt
  • Light / dark
  • Still / moving
  • Straight / curved

So just to repeat: Out of the 16 pictures below, there is one that is meant to show “large” and one that is meant to show “small”, and the subject on these two pictures have something in common that makes them a pair. Likewise for “many / few” and each of the other contrasts.

The 16 pictures are shown below in completely random order. So the pictures shown next to each other are not meant to be a pair (although, the randomnes generator might have ordered things neatly, you never know). They’re just shown in two columns to be able to fit all 16 pictures in less space.

I would like to check whether it is possible to deduct (or guess) which pictures form a pair, and which contrast they represent. So that’s where I would like your help. If you do have a few minutes, have a look at the pictures, and leave a comment saying which ones you think are paired, and which contrast you think they represent. This is not a test of your ability to interpret the pictures, it is a test of my ability to convey the contrasts as pictures. So please don’t “cheat” and read other people’s comments before you have made up your mind, as that would skew the results.

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Thanks in advance for the help!

Update 31/7/2011: I have (finally!) completed the blog post that will go with the assignment. So pairings I had intended, and some words about how and why, can be found here.