Session 07: Two Of A Kind

Two Of A Kind. © Knut Skjærven.


Session o7: Two Pairs

Task Description:

Here is a simple one: Go out there and pick two pairs. They have to be rendered within the same frame, of course.

Actually this example contains two different cases. One rather simple, the other one much more complicated. Luck has to be on your side for the last one at least. As it was for me.

The first case is completed when you have found the two pairs and framed them with and in your camera. Make sure that the context is of such a kind that is does not take attention from the two pairs which are the main point in this session. Keep the context neutral.

The two pairs should be held together by a distinctive similarity and visual closeness as they are in this shot. The ice cream eating couple really looks like they are from the same crowd. Look at their gestures, their clothing, there age, their body language.

The same can be said about the other couple relaxing horizontally in the sunshine: Same age, same attitudes, same bodily positions (laying down). But there is no synchrony at work here as with the first couple. The second couple are similar by being opposite. Head to head, the girl on her stomach and the guy on his back.

That was the easy one. Or the easier one.

The more complex task goes like this: Try to shoot two couples that also are part of the same story. You can read this story as a before and after situation. First you eat, then you sleep. If you read the image left to right, as westerners ofter do, that is the story you get. To accomplish that you need all the luck you can get. As I had it in this scene.

Here is the task:

Go shoot two couples where the similarities and closeness are distinct enough to recognise both as couples belonging the same group. Use some of the clues above to accomplish it: clothing, body language, age or find you own way.

That done, try to take another shot where there is a story linking the two couples. Could be a before and after situation. Think of something. You are the photographer.

When you have taken such pictures you should post it/them to the internet and link to your picture as a comment to this session.


Again, what is importent if that you simply memorize this visual concept so that you are ready for it when it turns up in front of your camera. It will. And you have to be a ready to recognize it when it does.

Good luck with it.
Copenhagen, August 2, 2012.
© Knut Skjærven. All rights reserved. Text and picture.



This is the third session posted. If you are keen to play along take a photo based on the brief above, post is to the internet and let your friends comment on your effort. Link to your photo from a comment to this session so that we all can find it.

Have a very good day.


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