I think i've found a decent anchor point for the final project. I plan to let the audience view the final images with generic captions which literally inform them of the objects or settings within the scenes. Once they have examined all the images there will be a facility allowing them to slide open the original caption which will inform them of the human aspect of the depictions.
The way I came to this was through examining Peter Fraser's 'Two Blue Buckets' book. I cant find the image that inspired me the most online, but there is one that is perfect to underpin the project. I'll scan it in and update this post tomorrow. The quote that has progressed the idea is long but is worth reading as it summarises what I want to achieve;
“…the eyes of a young boy gaze out from a black and white photograph through a kind of lens formed by the rim of the wine glass. The effect is disturbing even before we know that the boy, the photographers nephew, was killed in a road accident. With that knowledge the photograph takes on a different meaning, as if the boy in the black and white photograph belonged both symbolically and literally to another world.” (Martin, 1988 in Fraser, 1998: 5)
Further text relating to Peter Fraser's image defines what would work for this project;
"“In that tragic perspective the objects in the room, the patterned wall-paper, the electric fire on which the framed photograph and the empty wine glass rest, the enamelled ashtray and the notebook with two pages torn out, take an unreal intensity, a sense of familiarity and otherness.” (Martin, 1988 in Fraser, 1988: 5)