Here comes the third commission.
Two brave people, and members on On Every Street, have been kind enough to volunteer for the coach test program. Test program means that a program is not yet finally fixed and that a general evaluation will be done at the end of the process.
BRIEF & COMMISSION
One of the absolute basics in innovation and creativity is the ability to combine already existing ideas or objects. Put them to new use on the stage that you as a photographer are the sole director of.
Don’t try to invent the wheel once more because it cannot be done. It is already there. But you might come up with a bright idea for a new transport device on four or more wheel. Henry Ford already did some of it when he set the car in mass production. But there is still room for improvement.
The point is that Henry (not Henri) was dependent on something already existing. Without the wheel his first car would still blossom in a museum in Detroit as an invention with a missing link: Four wheels.
Photography is perfect for reinventing the world by combining already existing ideas. You don’t even have to strain yourself much. Why? Because the space you have at your disposal is not that complicated to handle. All of us can join in. The space you have to play around with is a frame width, a frame hight and a frame depth.
Bland Date above operates within a width, a hight and a depth. The depth is however just an illusion because this image is flat as any pancake. But the illusion that the man in the background is a long way off works fine. I am sure you agree. Different sizes are used for the two main objects: coat and man and helps create the illusion. They are held together by a common floor and supported by others objects placed in the foreground and the background.
The man and the coat are not meant to be seen together. I as the one with the camera decided that they should, as you will decide in your photos. This new combination of already existing ideas gives this image a meaning/impression/idea that could not be had if the combination had not taken place. Based on that combination associations arise: did his wife die recently?; is he on a blind date waiting for his date to turn up?; is he out to buy a new overcoat for his beloved; is he looking at a map to check his way home, etcetera. Impressions could be many.
Now it is your turn to make new combination.
The commission is within one month to identify and make at least two photographs where new combinations are at work. Done so you forward the images so that they can be loaded to this site
The commission should be handled within the vision stated, the mentor chosen and with reference to the favorites pointed to.
How you handle this is entirely up to you. There are no right and no wrong solutions, but some solutions will probably be more convincing than others.
Who Can Participate?
This post is directed to Elisabeth and Stefanie, who have volunteered for the coach test program. They will load their photographic result to this site and take comments on their solutions. All are welcome to comment.
All others can participate in this commission, as well. Secretly and without anyone knowing.
The success criteria for this commission is that
1) You learn to recognize the concept called New Combinations.
2) You shoot and post two images in the category New Combinations.
3) New Combination has become part of your visual radar, or backbone knowledge, helping you to recognize new combination situations in the future.
Good luck with it.
This commission could take a lifetime, but one month will do as well.
This is the third commission in the drill process. Commissions may overlap in time and you can complete them in the sequence that you find best. As already stated, the main point is that you get an eye for new combination. When they turn up in front of you: shoot them.
You should not load old images from your portfolio. You should make new pictures.
Good luck with it.
© KNUT SKJÆRVEN. ALL RIGHT RESERVED: TEXT AND PICTURE.
September 22, 2012
The picture is taken at the art fair, ABC, in Berlin September 16, 2012.