The Workshop 2013: Berlin Brief One

Solitude © Knut Skjærven

Solitude © Knut Skjærven

The honeymoon, for those going to Berlin, is over. Real life sets in now.

I promised that there will be 1) a PreShop, 2) a proper WorkShop, and not to forget 3) a PostShop.

This briefing is part of The PreShop.

The workshop  is not going to be like the other workshop that you might have attended. You might actually learn something. This learning you will carry with you for the rest of your life.

The things you find in Street Photographer’s Toolbox/The Toolbox are new material and it constitutes a new way, and new practice, for dealing with street photography. You might have encountered bits and pieces of it elsewhere, but as I coherent toolbox for street photography, not likely.

Tools are freshly made for the The Toolbox and The Workshop.

In The Toolbox we suggest that street photography is NOT street simple documentation. We suggest that proper street photography needs to ADD to the documentary level. It is this ADDITION that makes for a proper street photograph. We call it ITCHING IMAGES.

The theoretical work in Street Photographer’s Toolbox (and on supporting sites) is there to suggest ways for you to make ITCHING IMAGES.

ALSO: The main idea for the days in Berlin is to use most of the time for actual street shooting. All necessary preparation should be done beforehand and afterwork later. That is the road that we want to trot now.

To prepare the shooting in Berlin and also level expectations, I would kindly ask you to do the following:

1) Learn and understand CONNOTATION procedures in photography hereunder distinguish connotation from DENOTATION.

2) Familiarize yourself with the GESTALT FACTORS in visual communication.

3) Familiarize yourself with the ITCHING IMAGES mentioned in The Toolbox.

You can do this either by seeking resources on the internet, or by reading posts related to each in The Toolbox or supporting blogs. Or both.

Shooting in Berlin will first and foremost be related to these three areas. But not limited to them. There will be repetitions of all when we are in Berlin, but you need to know the terms and their contents beforehand. You need to know what they are about.

Ask questions as many as you like. I will try to answer them as best I can.

Yes, definitely, there will be more about this :-). But you better start now. Opting in here you will be starting on a life long journey in street photography, and in photography in general.

Here are links to the two support sites mentioned: barebones communication and phenomenology and photography.

The Workshop in Berlin is held from June 20 to June 23, 2013. Here is the Overall Agenda and the Draft Program. Yes, there is still room for participation.

© Knut Skjærven. All rights reserved. Text and photo.

Copenhagen March 18, 2013.




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