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The Seven Ups: What I Learned About Street Photography Without Asking Anybody Else.

The Seven Ups © Knut Skjærven

The Royal Enfield © Knut Skjærven

Good morning this morning.

When it comes down to it the best teacher you can have is yourself.

Be inspired, of course. Make friends and learn from them but make your own set of truths. There is a good chance that your peers in street photography knows even less about the matter, than you do.

So why bother?

Here are the Seven Ups for street photography that will take you somewhere. Seven, because that is the average number of ideas an average person can carry in his mind at the same time. And you want your mind to wander with you when you walk your life for good photography.

1. A street photograph is like an unexploded bomb of visual power that you should bring to unfold. Pull the right pins.

2. Capture and edit every single street photograph as if it was the very last thing you did. (Hey, maybe it is).

3. Be self critical to the extreme but don’t forget a sense of humour. (People who don’t have a sense of humour should not make photographs).

4. Don’t be afraid to show your failures.  (At least you know you make them. Many don’t).

5. Associate only with clever people and forget the rest. (In all fields).

6. Don’t ask people what they think of your photographs. Ask only yourself.

7. Don’t practise pusillanimity in street photography even if you are an European.

There you are then. Reasonable advice for those who want it. Or maybe just a sense of humour. You will know the answer.

Good luck :-).

© Knut Skjærven. All rights reserved.
Copenhagen, October 2, 2014


4 comments on “The Seven Ups: What I Learned About Street Photography Without Asking Anybody Else.

  1. Ralf J. Diemb
    October 3, 2014

    # 3 is my favourite statement …. 😉

  2. Chris Jackson
    October 14, 2014

    I love Norwegian humility. Hey, when you’r good, you’r good man. ~

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