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Four of A Kind / New Street Agenda

Four of A Kind © Knut Skjærven

Four of A Kind © Knut Skjærven

The theme is four of a kind.

Yet another example of the factor of similarity, and how it can be used involving more than a few people.

What make this picture work as an itching image, are two things:

First of all it is the four fellows in a row as they descend the steps of Alte Nationalgallerie at the Museum Island in Berlin.

There is an interesting curve in this shot that leads their way down.

Starting at the top of the photograph, moving left along the upper staircase and curving out along the carpet on the lower staircase.

There the curve stops and leaves an open space and a clear view to the sculpture at the right, high corner of the frame. The young lady in the wall is the second thing you want to notice.

She is a beautiful, lifelike piece of art that always manages to stop me when I come there.

She has got a name too. Or rather, she has got several names.

In the collective movement of the four she is the intruder. She is literally out of place forcing herself to attention.

The young lady creates tension in the shot by share being there at such a prominent place. For that reason we also call her a tentioner. Or an odd woman out.

She disturbs the peace and that is an important thing in creating itching images: Disturbing the peace.

The sculpture is … by ….. Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin 2010.

© Knut Skjærven. All rights reserved. 09/01/14

This is a draft chapter to the workbook New Street Agenda. There is a workshop connected to it: New Street Agenda, Berlin June 12 – 15, 2014. If you are interested, please ask for more information at mail@theuropeans.eu or use the contact form below.

Good luck with it.

This post is in category New Street Agenda.



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