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Have You Ever Been Arrested / New Street Agenda


Marilyn In The Window © Knut Skjærven

Marilyn In The Window © Knut Skjærven

Have you ever been arrested when you are our walking the streets for a good street setting? I have. It happens to me all the time.

Have you ever been arrested by Marilyn Monroe? When out having nothing else to do?

No, Monsieur Cartier-Bresson, street photography, has very little do with hunting. I think that you got that wrong.

Nor has the art of archery much to do with hunting. You got that wrong, too.

Street photography has more to do with being arrested when out having nothing else to do. Like being surprised when you least of all expect it.

It happened to me in 2009, when as was walking the narrow streets of Potsdam. I was arrested by Marilyn Monroe in the window. All dressed in pink.

Not only did Marilyn arrest me. The whole setting did. Look how nicely she is framed behind glass. Neatly balances by the door as if she still was reachable if you went inside.

Come on in, she seemed to said.

The whole scene was right.

It is a good thing to be arrested like that. It happens when all that you have learned comes together in recognisable moments, and they touch you instead of you hunting for them.

It is true then, that moments come to you instead of the other way around? Yes, it is true. If you don’t believe it, just ask Marilyn.  She might still be there in the same window. With her friends.

If not there, she will be elsewhere.

© Knut Skjærven

Link to the original post at ON THE GO: Workbook for New Street Agenda.



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