ON STREET PHOTOGRAPHY and other life changing events


The Early Stirring / New Street Agenda

Early Stirring © Knut Skjærven

Early Stirring © Knut Skjærven

Yes, you may as well call it the early stirring.

No need to conceal that that I have borrowed this caption from Rudolf Arnheim, either.

It addresses the basics of things.

Questioned this way: What is the status of visual stimuli? The ones that you have every day eyes wide open. The ones that you also have before taking a street photograph and looking at it afterwards?

Is it like the branch that can be chopped from a tree and continue living as a branch in it own right?

Or is it to be seen more like a branch cut from a tree that looses the opportunity of further grows cut off from the trunk? Can it only live being part of the trunk?

It goes to the basics of things.

Are meetings with the visual world something that are incomplete and have to be digested of a brain to get proper meaning? Or is the meaning already there in the first encounter with it?

What is the quality of these early stirrings?

Why are questions like this important in doing photography?

They are important because they determine the essence of a photograph.

Does a photograph exist on its own and in its own right? Can be taken and treated as such? Or does it glue to perception and can only be taken and treated in that context?

Interesting questions indeed.

© Knut Skjærven 16/02/2014

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 knut@skjaerven.com or use the contact form below.

Good luck with it.

This post is in category New Street Agenda.


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