ON STREET PHOTOGRAPHY and other life changing events


The Challenge Starts Today

Strange Encounter © Knut Skjærven

Strange Encounter © Knut Skjærven

November 1, 2013

Welcome to the real world of challenges.

Welcome to the first challenge ever at OES Academy. I have checked the log this morning. We are 34 members and that number will not change till we take in new members for the December challenge.

Unless people remove themselves, that is.


It is a good feeling because you have all placed yourselves in a position where you can be second to none. You are now the first row and what comes later will always be after.


Read the briefing because everything you need is in there. Include the links.

These challenges will all be a bit clinical because you dissect an arm and not the whole body. Stay focused on the arm and forget the rest of the body even if you know it is all there.

Be very ARTICULATE in your solution. Overdo things in stead of underdoing them.

The FIGURE should be distinct and visually well separated from the GROUND. It should be the dominant part of your image. Don’t hide it in the corner and try to explain your way out of it. That will not do.

Your solution should be VISUAL not verbal. If people don’t recognise your FIGURE at once, you have a problem.

The SECOND FRAME should direct attentions and interest to the FIGURE. Second frames have nothing to do with micro frames you may also find in a shot. SECOND FRAME, as understood here, directs the visual movement of your fine image.

NODES are not simple dots randomly places around the image. Read what NODES are. You will find links in the briefing.


The overall mission of the challenges is to focus and train certain aspects of a street photograph. A few at the time.

If you deliver great photography that would be impressive, but it is MORE IMPORTANT that you handle the parameters well: FIGURE, GROUND, FRAME and NODES.


This site cannot live without members good will and engagement. You have all read the welcome intro and said YES to it.

All 34 members are expected to deliver at least ONE fine photographs to the Challenge November 2013 Album, which is now open for submissions. But have to take the picture first.

Remember that all shots have to be taken in the period from today November 1 till November 30, 2013. You need to do your training in this period and not rationalise on shots that have been taken at an earlier date. That you can do in your bed chamber.

Please comment constructively on other members photographs when they land in the album. Admin may mingle in this, but admin’s role is first and foremost being a coach.


Before you post your first image, please observe that you will never have a second chance to make a FIRST IMPRESSION.

Don’t blow it :-).


No more words at this stage.


I can promise you that after the end of the month, you will never have to worry about them again. They will be hard wired into your brain and work for you as a visual radar that scans the streets and roads for you as you walk them.

November 30, 2013 you will be given a new challenge. A real Christmas present :-).

Yes, definitely: GOOD LUCK.


© Knut Skjærven. All rights reserved.


2 comments on “The Challenge Starts Today

  1. Jose Fco Garcia Lloret
    November 1, 2013

    The work is on the table….. “bon courage” and good shots !

    • Knut Skjaerven
      November 1, 2013

      Many thanks, Jose. You are very right. Good day to you :-).

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