Poetry and photography

JJWP334The play of written words in poetry and the art of the visual medium in photography are both powerful instruments. Though each class is different in presentation and technique, both evoke imagery and inspiration. Unlike prose, the approach of poetry is short and concise, and using techniques of metaphor, hyperbole or simile (for instance) spark the imagination of readers. Photography, on the other hand, is more or less a direct approach – a visual representation of the world as the photographer sees or envisions it. A viewer of a photo will see it as it is. If it is a flower, the viewer will see it as a flower as the photographer intended it to be – whether he presented the flower as an abstract, a macro, a black and white image, still life or a silhouette. A photo may be open to a few interpretations but it will always be within the confines of what the subject is. In poetry it is different, a flower may mean different things in a wider scope depending on how the poet played with his words and presented his piece. A flower may represent happiness, joy, beauty, form, simplicity, nature, silence, humility, essence or even life itself. Though there are distinctions, photography can draw or learn elements from poetry. I like this article by photography author Michel Freeman and would like to share it with all of you. Titled Why Poetry Might Help Your Photography, it takes a look on what makes “poetic imagery a very useful inspiration for a visual medium like photography.” It also tackles some noted collaborations between poets and photographers, a project I would like to do and explore – blending and unifying the works pf photo bloggers and poet bloggers. I could do a whole new separate digital magazine for that.

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