ON STREET PHOTOGRAPHY and other life changing events

KNUT SKJÆRVEN/PHOTOGRAPHER/WRITER/RESEARCHER

You Need A Project / New Street Agenda

Light Sleeper © Knut Skjærven

Light Sleeper © Knut Skjærven

You are not going to make it without a project. That is the very simple truth.

Wanting to do street photography, make up your mind about it. Wanting to do street photography, you already have a project.

But you might want to be a bit more specific about it.

Why do you need to have a project? Simply because it helps you focus and do the job you want to do. If you don’t like your project after a while, don’t stay on it. Make yourself another project.

A project may be wide or it maybe deep.

The collective project we have set up for the workshop in Berlin in 2014, is Berlin Vibrant City.

By using the word vibrant you are already half way there. Vibrant is defined as positive, lively, exiting, itching and respectful. You have set aside the part of the world that is negative, not lively, not exiting, not itching and disrespectful.

Humour is in there too.

I made a project some years back. It was, roughly, to shoot street scenes. I am still on that project but have broken it down into smaller projects.

Street scenes was defined as; a) having people as the bearing element; b) being contextual and shoot for scenes with people interacting; c) taken in public areas; d) being respectful concerning the people in the photographs.

Going for straight photography with only minimal post-production.

Street photography was and is (to me) more of an attitude than a locality. That gives me room to shoot anything I like but still with an eye on the project.

Good luck with you own project. You need to have one.

© Knut Skjærven.

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

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