Itching Image: Wandering Vision

Wandering Vision. © Knut Skjærven.

Wandering Vision. © Knut Skjærven.

Here is another way to create an itching image. I call it Wandering Vision because it makes your vision wander. Look at the image above.

There is no possible way that you can get all the details of this in the same visual grasp. You can get an overview, but there are far too many details for you to handle them all in one go. You need to wander. You need to spend a little time on each.

In a way, this photo is build up of four mini photos held together by a common setting. A common context.

And a set of invisible lines that connects them and hold pieces together.

There is a guy left shooting with his SLR, flash and monopod. There is another guy behind him facing in the same direction. Passing by. On the right hand side you have a lady photographer with her compact. Behind her what could be a younger woman searching her handbag. The two women facing in the same direction too. Away from the men.

Notice the vertical line in between the two painting on the wall.  It could have split the image in two halves, but it does not really get away with that split, does it. The reason for that is that there are elements at work here that hold the scene together. In spite of the division down the middle.

Arguments are something like this: The two younger people in the background, one male the other female, are held together by their different sex and inherent attraction to each other. And by their similarity in age and posture. They are the young couple.

Something similar could be said about the persons in the foreground. Left and right. They are even connected by a similar type of activity. They are both photographers. A bit older than the other two but even that makes them hold together as a team. They belong. From each side of the frame they connect.

Images like these are challenging. They can easily fall apart. That does not seem to happen in this shot.

I can hear voices: This is all very well when analysing a photo. It is, however, not possible to shoot like this when you are out in the field even doing your very best. There is simply too much that needs to be remembers and that have to fall into place. It is not possible.

Answer: Well, now that you know how things can work you are open for them to happen to you too. Luck will do the rest. Just it did for me in this shot.

And true, it is only when you start setting words to it that you see what is in there.

From this brief post, you should remember only the caption Wandering Visions and the fact that things can be kept together even if they most likely should fall apart. Here they hold together by similarity.

Good luck with trying out wandering visions.

© Knut Skjærven. All rights reserved: Text and picture.

January 14, 2013.


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  1. #1 by Knut Skjaerven on January 15, 2013 - 10:02 am

    Tony Cearns/Bernard Jolivalt.
    (Continued from Facebook)

    I definitely think that Bernard has a point. A very valid point.

    One could say that much street photography today “suffer” from being one dimensional. Meaning that it often shows a single object randomly picked in a street situation. No story telling.

    Nothing wrong with that, but it is a different way of doing things that adds very little of the photographer. I never believed that street photography and street/people documentation was the same thing.

    I enjoy both and it is, imo, not a question of excluding one or the other. You need to have both opportunities. It is a question of temperament and opportunity.

    There are fine images of the one dimensional sort, and there are fine images of the more dimensional sort/storytelling. (How is that for diplomacy :-)).)

    The knowledge that you can “compose” you own images and not have to be dependent only on what the streets shows you gives you the artist’s freedom. You use the blank film/card as a white canvas and go to work on it as if photography meant drawing with light :-)).

    Have a good day, all.

    By the way, I moved this discussion over to the blog so we can keep it. On fb it will soon go away.

  2. #2 by Bernard J. on January 15, 2013 - 11:21 am

    This time, the very good point is for you Knut.
    There is not much to add, except one think : as photograph – and as writer, also – I have not only a concern about the content of my pictures (or books) but also, and even more, about the viewer/reader. I dont want to bore him with an interesting picture. That’s all folks.

    • #3 by Knut Skjaerven on January 15, 2013 - 11:48 am

      I agree, Bernard.

      And that is the reason why I operate with the notion itching images as way to non boring images.

      Many thank for sound advice.

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