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Step Seven - Re-vitalise emotionally and visually with Tom Ang

Stimulate thought processes by finding associations between two random thoughts or words

Play this game with a helper who can be partner, friend or relative. A young child can be excellent, as often they have an instinctive feeling for what you need. Think of a photo subject you are interested in. Write it down: it could be ‘portrait’ or ‘building facade’ or ‘bee on flower’.

Before the next step, promise yourself that you will take whatever happens next and work with it. You promise yourself not to ask for another word or concept until you have really worked it out.

Now tell your helper you’re going to ask him or her to think of something, anything: it does not have to be something they can see, it’s not a test, it’s not for analysing their personality or anything like that. Ask them to name what they’re thinking.

Write down what they say.

Now you have to figure out how to link the two ideas in a visual way.

Photograph by Tom Ang from his ‘Homescapes' collection.

(All photographs in this collection were made at home or in a small room.)

For further information about Tom Ang, his photography and his books please visit

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