Picture It: How This Book Works.

Picture It: How This Book Works.

The Kiss © Knut Skjærven

The Kiss © Knut Skjærven

There are many ways to write a book. Even with plenty photographs, there are many ways to write a book.

I particularly enjoy John Berger when he writes a whole chapter without using a single written word. In Ways of Seeing[i] he does that.

I also enjoy Marshall McLuhan when he says that when it comes to academic books he reads only every second page. It was easy for him to figure out what was in the rest of the pages.

Picture It is written with these ideas in mind.

Not that I have looked for sources of inspirations but because both ways come naturally.

They are mirrors of how we deal with the world at large. Large parts of our information comes as visual messages. Texts are often left out.

Jump in on any page. Read the text or see the photograph.  Sense how the two combine. See how they don’t combine.

Or combine any photograph with any text.

It is all up to you. Just like in the real world.

[i] John Berger: Ways of Seeing.

This post is a draft text for Picture It. Picture It is the update of On the Go: Workbook for New Street Agenda.

The first version of the book is from 2014. The update will be released continuously during 2016 and 2017.

All texts are deliberately kept short to fit on one single page in a variety of types and layouts. That cannot be shown here.

The picture chosen for this post is not necessarily the same as will accompany the text in the book. Visit On the Go: Workbook for New Street Agenda.

Copenhagen, October 12, 2016.
© Knut Skjærven

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Knut Skjærven

Knut Skjærven is a Norwegian photographer, writer and researcher working out of Copenhagen, Denmark.