Commission 05: Plane Integration

Junge Leute. © Knut Skjærven.

We have been under pressure from Paris to set up plane integration as a specific training session. What we call a commission. 

So, that is what we will do then. This is commission number 05.

Plane integration means roughly that you mix different planes in an image thereby making one coherent message out of it. Read more here.

When you have your image ready, you post it to the internet somewhere, and simply link to the image from a comment to this post. Don’t load old stuff, take new pictures.

The idea with the commissions is that each focus on one particular issue in the handling of visual language. It directs your attention to it. You can pack it in your toolbox and have it ready for future use.

This time: plane integration.

Good luck with it.


October 26, 2012


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  1. #1 by elisam75 on October 26, 2012 - 5:56 pm

    What a shot and wonderful theme and subject! I love the idea that people truly integrate with and become part of their environment. I just had the opportunity to make such a shot. How lucky I was. Here it’s just a woman watching a painting that has been made on a wall in the street. It is supposed to represent the people living around the corner. The subjects in the picture open their arms as to invite her to join them and she is standing in front of them, very close, with her arms crossed in her back (as opposed to the subjects) as if she was wondering to jump into it or maybe feel she already belongs to it.
    I’ve put it here: :
    Sorry for the pressure from Paris 🙂 and thanks so much!

    • #2 by Knut Skjaerven on October 27, 2012 - 10:31 am

      Good work. This is definitely ok. There is lot of things things that plane integration can be used for. The most important thing is that you are aware of opportunities when they arise :-). Good weekend.

  2. #3 by elisam75 on December 1, 2012 - 8:00 pm

    I wondered if you would consider this one as a potential plane integration. It’s called “on my mind” :
    a thousand thanks for your support!
    Have a good evening,

  3. #5 by elisam75 on December 5, 2012 - 5:56 am

    Exactly!!!!!! :-))))) LOL

    • #6 by Knut Skjaerven on December 5, 2012 - 7:52 am

      Well, I find that you have a good grip of plane integration.

      Notice that what often drives plane integration are functioning gestalt factors as similarity and proximity, which I have the feeling that you already are on top of :-). Am I right in this?

      The main point is establishing attention around these structures to a degree that “good shots” reveals themselves when you pass them out there. In a photographic mood, that is.

      You set your mind to some sort of “itch recognition” very much along the lines of “face recognition”, but with no machines involved. Itch like in itching images.

      Keep up the good work :-). Have a fine day. We got the first snow yesterday and expect the ice bears coming down from further north any day now.


  4. #7 by elisam75 on December 7, 2012 - 6:50 am

    Thank you so much for your kind and motivating words!
    You’re right I love this session. And what you explain is exactly what I feel widen the eye and mind enough to have a global vision and so that elements become one or have a common story. I really enjoy that.
    I did this one which maybe could work. The plan integration is less obvious i guess but the shoes and the colour redundacy makes me think it could.
    Snow this early morning :-).
    Have a good day,

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