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Kill Your Darlings / New Street Agenda

The Singer © Knut Skjærven

The Singer © Knut Skjærven

I did not invent these words. Somebody else did.

That somebody else was William Faulkner. He said, that in writing you must kill your darlings.  Our task is to adapt this to street photography, and say that even in photography you must murder your darlings.

In street photography your darling are those concepts, those ways of seeing, those clichés that you use under the illusions that others may perceive them in the same way that you do.

Because they are your darlings.

Are your handling of your favourite themes just as eminently as you think you are?  Or do your favourites come of very differently from what you think?

It is not a bad idea to let a photograph simmer over the night.  Let is be for a while and come back after some time to review it.

If you have a text, read it out loud for yourself and listen to what you say.  Come back the next day if it is a text or a picture that you enjoy. See if you enjoy it as much the day after.

It is a hard task, this. You need to be your own critic. In an age of egocentricity this takes training. And guts.

I am not saying how it could be done. I am only suggesting that is should be done.

Can New Street Agenda help you in this? I think it can because New Street Agenda might teach you how to take things apart to put them back together again.

You may want to let that idea simmer too.

Always a good idea to know, who your enemies are before you start killing them off.

Do you know who your darlings are?

© Knut Skjærven.

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


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