Have you ever been to course in creativity, where the instructor has asked you to characterize yourself as an animal?
Maybe you see yourself as a lion? Maybe you are a mouse? Maybe something in between? Or something very different.
The idea is that the answers tell about your personality and even suggest which type of positions in a company you might be good at handling.
There are much more to it than this, but I am sure you get the idea.
Let’s try this in a slightly different way.
I often compare a street photograph to a piece of music and ask a few questions: One, what type of music is this photograph? Second, are there false tones played.
I might say; oh this is a typical bob dylan, a grieg, a mozart or even a wagner. Maybe a gun’s and roses or a typical pavarotti.
The overall question is always this; do these guys play in concert? Do they fit? Are the signals clear and are the noises kept in proportion?
I particularly hunt for visual noises. Visual noises are those visual elements that compete with or even disturb the main message of a photograph.
You could use this technique already when shooting. Go for a clear rhythm where elements are in concert. Or you could apply it later.
I find such a change of perspective to work really well. It lets me see things, that by giving them other names, becomes visible in new ways.
If you are a lion you may want to try this. If you are a mouse, you’d better not.
Good luck with it.
© Knut Skjærven
This post was originally included in ON THE GO: Workbook of New Street Agenda.