Brief : It is required to createa design or poster using photomontage on any theme related to political or social issue.
Photomontage is created by cutting up photographs, to create new meanings of the contrasting images through the juxtaposition and composition of the layout, using conventional darkroom photography techniques or by using photo-editing and manipulating softwares like Adobe Photoshop, Corel PHOTOPAINT, Corel PaintShop, etc.
Theme : I have taken up the theme of social issue of violence against women, as it is universal. Women belonging to any background, any culture, of any socio-economic status, any caste, creed, religion faces discrimination and harassment on domestic level or at workplace or even at social level, be they illiterate or literate. There is need to impose strict laws and the criminals should be dealt with a heavy hand by enforcement of law. Also, there is a need to create more and more widespread awareness among the people in developing and undeveloped countries against the crimes against women and to fight against the injustice meted out.
Concept : I have created rough concept for the poster of size A3 using pen and paper initially, which I’m going to develop in Adobe Photoshop. The background colour should be gradient of dark red to bright red, to symbolically represent the terrifying reality. There should be a message on the top right for the victims to fight against the violence and harassment and on the top left, there should be a strict warning or message to represent that the violence will not be tolerated anymore, to reflect the firm stance of women. There should be an image or use of an clip art or line than a photograph any certain women, for effectiveness and to symbolize the helplessness of the victim during the violence. The images of words written in bold type should be used arranged and directed in an aggressive way towards the symbolic representation of the victim. The arrows represent the direction of the overall photomontage through which the eyesight of the viewers will navigate.
I have thought and noted some keywords to help create the photomontage effective : red, orange, yellow, dark red, red, gradient, stop, victim, violence, message, recognize, report, warning, prevent, sexual, physical, verbal, abuse, harassment, scandal, acid attack, attack, thrashed, spanking, bullying, blackmailing, extortion, rape, gang-rape, molestation, stripping, lynching, stabbing, forceful, inappropriate touching, groping, forceful kissing, forced marriages, dowry, child bride, child marriage, female foetcide, domestic violence, trafficking, bold, stance.
Reference Images : I have collected some reference images online of the news articles in various newspapers and magazines throughout the world which contain the words enlisted in the keywords. Not all the images of such news or articles are related to the issue of violence against women but these images contain words which can serve the purpose of conveying the intention of the design.
Final poster design (Size A3) :