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How Science Is This? / New Street Agenda

How Science Is This? © Knut Skjærven

How Science Is This? © Knut Skjærven

How science is this?

Not very.

It is not science in that it follows special rules or use a special language. There are no footnotes, references are few, and texts are written in half sentences for you to complete.

Just like in the real world.

That said, there is one thing you will want to know in relation to how science this is.

The model of inquiry is well know from science. You open your eyes, look around, find interesting stuff, and you ask if what you see has a bearing beyond what you are actually looking at.

You form a hypothesis and set out to test it. When done you make a revision of the original idea.

Then you test again.

That is the way of The Workbook. I started looking at famous photographs, formed a hypotheses and The Workbook is part of elaborating on the ideas and testing them.

What I try to test is if there are common denominators in famous photographs that most of us enjoy? Take any photograph among the best.

I think there is.

It is possible to learn from these common denominators?

Yes, sure.

As a user of The Workbook you are your own tester and you have to decide if what you find from your own shooting, is of use to you.

If you find it useful the hypothesis is verified. If there is no usefulness you have a falsification,  and have to adjust.

Luckily you are not on your own. There are other photographers you can confer with. Maybe you find not only common denominators but even common sense.

Evidence will not come hard because the area is soft. If it makes sense you will sense it. If it works for you then it works for you.

How science is this?


© Knut Skjærven. All rights reserved. 23/01/14

French translation (to come).

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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