In some cases, you may want to photograph only a selected object or group of objects in an effort target an impression or capture a narrow view. Your true intent may be to restrict the area of consideration therefore requiring your audience to focus on the one set of objects to discover your message. It’s often both the objects and their relation to each other that you want your audience to consider.
My experience is that the message I’m attempting to convey is usually very simple and direct. Therefore, my main concern is to help the viewer understand that I’m not expecting that they’ll discover a whole story in an image and that I’ll be satisfied if they see just an easy and obvious message.
There are times my interest is drawn toward the idea of presenting abstract objects that challenge the viewer to find a message. It’s a kind of Rorschach Test where you’re inviting people to project their own meaning and story into the image. They don’t realize that you took the picture because you liked the shapes and colors. There is no special story coming from your side of the process.
Consider what methods may be available to help you improve the possibility that others will understand your message and intent through the image. Some are obvious.
Limit the view to include only the objects that relate to your message.
Get extra close to those objects (If that helps).
Shoot from the right-to-left and up-to-down angle that best reveals the relationship(s) you’re trying to capture.
Consider using color, grey scale and monochrome to emphasize the importance or lack of importance of color in your message.
To limit the view to the objects that present your subject you may even have to cut and crop creatively, placing your objects in an odd shaped frame. The result could be an image that’s long and narrow or it could involve a final print that’s in a circle or other unusual shape.