Is this photograph a panda? No, it is not.
How can I ask such a question? Let me tell you. I strongly believe in what is called cross fertilization.
There are many valid definitions of cross fertilization. Here is one from dictionary.com. Cross fertilization means: interaction or interchange, as between two or more cultures, fields of activity or knowledge, or the like, that is mutually beneficial and productive.
Translating this into photography, and even, street photography might be over doing it a bit. On the other hand, why live with constant under doing? That does not fit any ambitions, does it?
In photography we will take cross fertilization to mean the idea of taking experience and knowledge from an area other than photography and making them useful for photography. For street photography, if that sounds better.
Is this a difficult task then?
I would say, no it is not.
All of use cross fertilization every day by applying experience from one area to that of another. Like using the experience you have with your first child to that of the second. Simple as that, if you define each child as a different area. Why not?
We may not normally, however, explicitly do so in relation to photography. Here we will use cross fertilization just for that matter. In other words, the question of the photograph above is a panda is very legitimate. It is a question that is an example of how cross fertilization can work and develop in street photography.
Let’s leave it here. There will be more posts on cross fertilization later. In fact, we will open a whole new section with extra thematic posts. It will be labelled: Something Extra and you will find it the link section. This is the very first post in that new section.
One question: If it is not a panda, what is it? Take a closer look at the photograph and give your answer as a comment.
Good luck with it. Hopefully you will enjoy a little extra.
© Knut Skjærven. All rights reserved: Text and Picture.
December 12, 2012.