Posts Tagged Sign In On Signs
You are sometimes discouraged to combine words and visuals.
Purists are of the opinion, that photographs must come alone and not be disturbed by accompanying texts, that in one way or other, might functions as leads or teasers to a photograph. And thereby disturb the visual message.
This is sometimes argued when people talk about giving images titles. A title possibly suggesting a certain reading or seeing of the image. Purists can’t have that.
There are purists all over. As if a photograph ever came alone.
It should be a different matter when you include texts in the photograph itself. Then the words become part of the visuals as in People Parking (#28).
Such texts can take the form of signs as in People Parking shot in Copenhagen during the Jazz Festival in July 2014. You see the signs on the wall.
It is the combination of signs, people, composition, framing, etcetera that makes the image. Wouldn’t you say? The two people relaxing under the parking sign. The arrows, and the word Reception pointing to the entrance. Europe Famous Hostels. The two girls entering the house.
Words and visuals work together as if teasing each other in a new and humorous way. In a moment that will never exist again. That is why you as a photographer are so important to capture these moments.
When words and visuals comes together fluently, as I would say that they do in this lucky shot, the photograph lifts from being plain documentation to being an Itching Street Image. It becomes a proper street photograph.
The takeaway from these thoughts is extremely simple: look for signs. Make them work in conjunctions with the rest of your shot, as I was lucky to have them work for me in this picture.
Images like this do not come often. You have to press your luck for them. When it happens you have made your day.
One thing is for sure. If you don’t look for signs you well never see them. The message is: look for signs and make them work in the visual context.
We call it to Sign In On Signs. No reasons why you should not be good at it.
One last word. Does these shots come just like that. They might but it is not likely. I saw the potential reading the signs, lingered in the area for a while and then came back and took the picture.
Copenhagen, August 16, 2014.
© Knut Skjærven