Itching Image: What Is Not There!

Frank's Friction © Knut Skjærven.

Frank’s Friction © Knut Skjærven.

At the moment I can’t find a better title for what is meant to be described in this post: What Is Not There!

The title of the photograph is Frank’s Friction. Why? For me to know and you to find out. It is not important, but I like images to have names for swifter reference.

The photographs fits several itching models: Two Of a Kind; Plane Integration; Sudden Surprise; Rhythm & Blues; to mention the most obvious. By that, I am stating the simple fact that itches seldom come alone.

Only in  toolboxes they do.

Sudden Surprise refers to the dialog with hands and body languages; Rhythm & Blues to the rhythm of the sacks and and blues of the couple; and Plane Integration to the denial of the wall and the denial of the man’s hand gestures (could be read as such).

Two Of Kind works on two levels, a) the two people, and b) the two denials (wall & couple).

What I find interesting in this shot is that introduces a symbolic level. We have already spoken of denotations and connotations. Now we add a symbolic level, as well. What is a symbol? In this case it is just another, visual way of saying the same thing: Denial.

However, lets leave any elaboration of symbols to another time.

This post is just to suggest, and stress, that the engaging and entertaining task for street photography, is to picture scenes that are only there for the photographer. The photographer have to make them happen. His/her task as a creative, visual composer is to make new things of old material.

That is what sets the street photographer apart from his documentary friend and colleague.

Have a good day, all. There are still a few hours left of this cold Sunday.

Good luck with it.

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

January 20, 2013.


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