Peripatetic Photography at Kampen, Oslo 

05.05.2020

Normannsgata, Kampen, Oslo, 2018. Foto: Knut Werner Lindeberg Alsén
Normannsgata, Kampen, Oslo, 2018. Foto: Knut Werner Lindeberg Alsén

Kampen is a neighborhood in Oslo, Norway. It is located Gamle Oslo. The name may come from kamp, meaning outcrop, though it may also come from a military campment.

During the 18th century, the home guard had military practices at Kampen. The area belonged to the farms Bergsløkken and Oslo Ladegård, before being parcelled up in 1820. A wooden suburb was built between the city expansions-meaning acquisitions of territory belonging to Aker municipality-of 1859 and 1878. Part of the wooden housing burned down in 1879, and was replaced with brick block housing and Kampen Church. The northern part of Kampen has many brick buildings from the 1930s, though the wooden housing still dominates in other parts. There was a controversy related to demolishment and rebuilding in Brinken during the 1980s.

(Wikipedia) 

Foto: Knut Werner Lindeberg Alsén

Foto: Knut Werner Lindeberg Alsén

Peripatetic Photography

Foto: Knut Werner Lindeberg Alsén
Foto: Knut Werner Lindeberg Alsén

Peripatetic photography is the quiet side of street photography during which attention is given primarily to the state of mind of the photographer and not to the hunting of exceptional phenomena. An approach to peripatetic photography is the experiential, direct, non-conceptual photography.

Peripatetic photography is a good description of my visual working methods that I use, strolling in the urban environment in Europe, Asia, Africa and America. For me this is as a form of meditation, wandering as a possibility of emptying the mind and emptying the mind as a source of inspiration and creativity. This internalization of the attention brings a more sober reading of reality. The editing is a form of non-linear-narrative composition of images.

Some photographers approach the peripatetic photography as a form of political gesture and a idiosyncratic exploration of the notion of sedimentation, both in the physical and metaphysical sense.

The term "peripatetic" is a transliteration of the ancient Greek word peripatêtikos, which means "of walking" or "given to walking about" or "strolling". The Peripatetic school founded by Aristotle who taught philosophy while walking.