With this task, I immediately knew I didn't want to take it literally - for example taking a photo of my dog (love) and a spider (hate). This got me thinking about what I love and hate on a deeper level, considering material objects, people, and experiences I love and hate and seeing what connects them on a deeper level.
When thinking about something I love and have always been drawn to, I thought of travel. I also thought about that more. What do I love about that? I love moving around and seeing different things. I like the having opportunities. Something else I love aside from travel i being able to create what I want and express myself. What links all of these? Freedom. Freedom can be applied to different aspects of my life, and seeing as I hate being contained and restricted (either physically, creatively, in my head etc.) This seemed perfect. This led me to shooting at a field near my house. This field represents freedom in the sense it is a big open space, and the image does not feel restricted or crowed. It has breathing space, and the fields are infinite. This field also holds some sentimental value as well, as I spent a lot of my early teens here and in the forests, streams, and fields surrounding it.
I did consider using a existing photo I have taken on my travels, but I am using a similar idea for task three and wanted to experiment more rather than repeat myself.
With something I hate, I thought this would come easier to me, hating more things than I typically love. But these things were either more materialistic or I couldn't take photos of it. This led me down the same route as my stream of thoughts for the love half of this task - which I was doing anyway for continuity. I thought about the opposites of freedom and I came up with confinement. I hate being in the same place for too long, I don't like being told what to do too much or being limited creatively, and I don't like being stuck in my own head with my thoughts for too long. Summarising what I hate with the terms trapped and confined worked well. I experimented with a few images for this, ranging from gates, locks, dense forest and more. But what worked best for me was the idea of the wire fence.
The fence also suggests that although there are obstacles in the way and I can be feeling trapped, freedom is still there and I can overcome things. The visuals for this (the same field in the first images features in the second image) was unintentional, but works well. Creating a visual link between the two images as the two ideas are linked. Freedom and confinement, binary opposites.