Have A Seat

Have A Seat. © Knut Skjærven

I particularly like this one.

It is yet another example of plane integration.  In plane integration you use different planes in a scene to make a picture with a coherent message beyond the message you would have got if you took two separate pictures of the planes involved.

The relevant planes in this image are a) the chairs and the table in the foreground and b) the two women inside the shop.

Unlike many others this even has a direct visual gesture that links the two planes. Look at her hand and the overall body position of the woman in the middle of the shot. She point to the milieu outside as if to say: Have A Seat.

Plane integration is one of the models you can use for creating an itching image. Go here to see and read more.

It is also  a commission for those who have “enrolled” in Street Academy. Click the image and see where it leads you.

Good luck with it. Whatever it is.


November 15, 2012.



  1. #1 by elisam75 on November 16, 2012 - 7:59 am

    I trully love the picture and also the principles you are explaining for plan integration.

    I first thought of it as “frontal” like with the two shots i shared but now with your post i’m wondering if that can not envelopp the new combinations session also…
    I took a shot lately I really like for it’s a bit abstract but really can tell a story. I’m wondering if you would consider it as a potential for this session: http://www.flickr.com/photos/85881234@N05/8172919554/
    It’s taken through an hospital glass window where a net is accroach (meaning you’re caught?). The light was good the ramps of the stairs lighten up and the building behind reflects into the window making the illusion the stairs could also lead to the buildings (getting back home ? – depending on the man story). I was lucky to have the time to wait for the guy to arrive upstairs and with the light in the winodow he appears just like a shadow….
    So in this shot there is multiple plans combining into one and multiple meaning that can be induced: the net on the front window (trapped), the stairs and light (escaping), and the buildings. But it’s also the combination of the objects themselves that can give it sense.
    Maybe i’m completely mistaken!
    What is your thinking?
    Have a great day,

    • #2 by Knut Skjaerven on November 16, 2012 - 8:29 am

      I like the photo, and I am sure that there are some planes integrated in there somewhere. But why do you want to make it so complex that you have to explain what you do? After all, photography is about visuals, right, and not words.

      This is even a classroom situation so simple solution works better, in my opinion :-).

      Here are the basic of PLANE INTEGRATION:

      1. In some images you have different planes or grounds: foreground/plane 1, middleground/plane 2 and background/plane.

      2. Make a shot, or even two, where you DELIBERATELY use at least two planes to construct a visually recognizable plane integration so as to create at ITCHING or a COMPELLING image :-).

      Remember that this is FORCED situation and you need to ADD recognizable VALUE by your deliberate PLANE INTEGRATION.

      HCB, again, use this technique from time to time. Here we only fixed the idea by NAMING IT for pedagogical purposes and for your personal toolbox. Naming it makes it useful. It makes all the difference.

      The HCB image that springs to mind (I cannot find it on the net) is the one shot in 1932 in Martigues, France. It includes the head of a horse in the background and a metal statue in the foreground. It is definitely forced :-). It is probably the best example of plane integration you can find.

      Have a very good day Elisabeth.


      I FOUND IT: http://www.magnumphotos.com/C.aspx?VP3=SearchResult&ALID=2TYRYD1KUI5D

  2. #3 by elisam75 on November 16, 2012 - 10:02 am

    Thanks so much for your answer and advice!!! Keep it simple, I should have it printed on my wall :-)))).
    Let me have another try with those 2:
    Crafted for or part of the band
    I spoiling you mails sorry.

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