Project : Pablo Picasso’s “The Bull” – Part One

Everyone needs to continuously make a commitment to conscious learning, or else the spark inside atrophies rapidly. Too much TV, social media, or gaming can dull anyone’s edge. Be more interesting – stop consuming content and start creating it! (although reading this blog is definitely a “continue” and not a “stop”!)

“I guess it comes down to a simple choice, really. Get busy living or get busy dying.”

The Shawshank Redemption has become such a popular “favourite film” for people, that it has almost transitioned into the cringe zone. Is there an AFL player who doesn’t list it in their PR profile?

5 elementsThe message, distilled, is a one that often guides me – you are either growing or shrinking… In business you are either growing your sales, or dying a slow death… there doesn’t seem to be a zone where you can tread water.

I have been listening to an audio book on the way to work called “The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking” – more on that in another post. You can find the book on Amazon here :, although I bought it from to listen to in the car. There is only so many times you can hear the same classic hits on Gold FM… I know the words to most of their playlist. This is not a good thing.

One of the examples of thinking process the authors walk through is Picasso’s “The Bull” – a series of lithographs where he gradually deconstructs a bull in a series of images. The final image represents what Picasso believes to be it’s absolute core.

The final image is not one that I find aesthetically pleasing in the slightest. I wouldn’t probably even bother to wrap fish and chips in it. The process of deconstruction is fascinating – and inspired me to think about how to apply it to street photography.

There is an excellent website that gives a simple explanation around the process and where Picasso started and finished here. If you are a serious student of art, it probably will seem a bit vanilla, but I love the way it just gets to the point…

Here are the images in order :


The next stage is to work out how to apply this process of reducing an image to it’s core elements via the process of photography.


1. Select a theme or subject relevant to street photography

2. Capture the image realistically

3. Capture the image differently in a series of images, progressively removing anything unnecessary to the theme or subject

4. Finish with an image that captures the essence of the subject or theme without being a literal representation

Something to have a think about over the coming weeks… I am not quite sure yet how this will turn out.



6 Responses to “Project : Pablo Picasso’s “The Bull” – Part One”

  1. interesting idea to use this in photography. not necessary for street photog, so i will try



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