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Occam’s Glasses / New Street Agenda

Royal Enfield © Knut Skjærven

Royal Enfield © Knut Skjærven

From Occam’s Razor to Occam’s Glasses.

Occam’s Razor tells you that if there is a multitude of possible solutions to a problem, you will tend to go for the most simple solution.

Adapted to street photography: If there is one or more possible readings of a photograph, you will tend to go for the simplest.

This connects to another important fact, that you should consider.

Your camera reads all with the same sense of urgency. It is, after all, a technical recording of reality. The camera has no brain that arranges and filters what it sees in front of it.

That is very different from how the human eye sees. The human eye never reads reality giving all the same urgency. It arranges and filters what it sees.

Looking at a photograph that same thing happen: arrangements are made and content is filtered.

Occam’s glassed are there to help you in that process. They help you detect what is the main visual value of a photograph, and what is of minor value.

Occam’s Glasses set proportions right.

© Knut Skjærven. All rights reserved.

There will be a workshop for New Street Agenda in  Berlin, June 12 – 15, 2014. Click the link for more the program.


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