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The Rain & Fire Roses | Inspirational Photography in the West End

  • Feb 14, 2014 · 7:30 PM
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I've had this idea for some time about combining writing with photography.  The idea is to photograph based on a piece of writing - to find a way to visually convey the written form.  This can be done by doing a series of photos or through a singular image.

Given it is Valentine's Day on Friday I thought it would be a great time to experiment with this idea with some love poems. :-) Individually you will select one of the poems to capture photographically.  It could be a literal representation  of the poem, a stanza, a line or could be as subtle as allowing the piece to influence you while you photograph.

I realize this may be outside your comfort zone or your usual approach to photography.  This is the first time I've tried something like this myself. Let's experiment and challenge ourselves together. 

I have selected two poems from The Virago Book of Love Poetry for this meetup.

Poem #1

Fire Roses by Cynthia Fuller

Today you grasped
the stars as
they were slipping off
the edge of my horizon
and shook them back
into the sky

You are
quicksilver
can leave me
slow-footed
wordless.

My skin is alive
with the soft imprint
of your mouth.
How many miracles
can there be?

As I burnt your letters
the pages spread and curled
bloomed
like fire roses

Poem #2

The Rain by Solveig von Schoultz

The rain shook its hair out carelessly over the streets.
I stood in a doorway thinking of you.
The lamp whipped up thin threads of fire
before they plunged blindly to oblivion's foot.
Thus, lit by my heart
the darkness streamed out of you
past past

fallen into the dark


The Walk-About

We will meet in front of the Starbucks at Davie and Denman (1795 Davie Street). From there we'll review the poems and then disperse.  I will have a few paper copies but I recommend bringing a copy or downloading it to your smartphone. Remember - this is a rain or shine event.

We will meet back at the Starbucks to discuss and share our photos.

How to Get There

This spot is easily accessible by transit and there is parking (although not sure how easy it is to find parking in the area).

The Aim

The function of the group is to learn and practice the techniques of photography. This involves learning photography not only from your guides but also by sharing knowledge with your group-mates. The intention is also to organize and get to know new people. The attendant size of the meets will be small so participants can have the opportunity to get to know all their group-mates and spend time with a guide. If you select to attend a meet and then cannot make it, please be courteous to others in the group and change your RSVP status as soon as possible to allow others the chance to participate.

 The Après-Meet

Please feel comfortable in posting your photographs (up to 8 photos) and advising others; critical appraisal is helpful. What will also be appreciated are ratings and, especially, comments to individual meets and the group dynamic as a whole. This is important because it will ultimately add value to our meetings and improve our experience.

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  • Dionysios

    Here I include the comments that were posted for an image that I commented on. I could not include mine because I do not receive notifications as to my own comments, only those made in response to mine. The issue was an image that Amy posted that I found misleading because it was a photograph of a print of a photograph that stood in the display window of a store on Denman St and taken during the event.

    I am going to address the issues of context, creativity, plagiarism and learning.

    2 · February 17, 2014

    • Carissa

      P.S. If any member has any questions about the group I want to encourage you to contact the organizers.

      February 23, 2014

    • Doris F.

      Regarding your fourth point, Carissa, artists can and have come up with the same or similar ideas and even execution/technique of those ideas. You see this in photographs all the time. So, I don't think that is the same as plagiarizing someone's work, although if you were to write an essay or hand in an assignment, it could be viewed differently. Here, you would have to be extremely aware of plagiarism, even if you have not seen the work or are not aware of its existence. Also, if we photograph someone's art, including the public art sculpture by Yue Minjun (A-maze-ing Laughter), should we not at least give credit? Or, is it okay to isolate one part of the work and call it creative or original art photography?

      February 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent idea, we should do more of these.

    February 15, 2014

  • sharon

    Carissa, thanks so much for this event! Excellent idea and choice of poems. I had a fun time, and as always, it got me thinking and going in a different direction. Cheers!

    February 15, 2014

  • Dionysios

    Yes, that was a great idea and a fun event! Thank you Carissa for always having such cool ideas and trying them out with us.

    1 · February 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Amazing concept - great group of people

    1 · February 14, 2014

  • Carissa

    We have a table in Starbucks in the back next to the barista bar

    February 14, 2014

  • Carissa

    We are heading out.

    February 14, 2014

  • Dionysios

    It'll be a fine night! We might get some fog!

    2 · February 14, 2014

    • Carissa

      I saw the fog this morning tooo!!

      February 14, 2014

    • Carissa

      (saw the weather forecast for fog)

      February 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sadly I have to pull out of this one. Broke a couple ribs yesterday and mobility today is too tender to wander and carry gear. Was really looking forward to this one. Great idea and inspiration Carissa!

    February 14, 2014

  • Carissa

    Grant: I have G5 setting question for you for tonight....

    February 14, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Good thing I had that double espresso this afternoon :)

      February 14, 2014

  • Tharaka M.

    Was looking forward to this new experience.. But sadly i'm going to be stucked at a meeting till 7.00.. Won't be able to make it.. :(

    February 14, 2014

    • Carissa

      You can still come late if that works for you

      1 · February 14, 2014

    • Tharaka M.

      Trying my best.. but with the reavel time, It'll be bit hard..

      February 14, 2014

  • Holly V.

    ah I was hoping to feel well enough today to do this, but I'm still feeling under the weather today so I will pass... have fun!!

    February 14, 2014

  • Carissa

    A random FYI. A new photography exhibit opened at Initial Gallery today. The artist compares the facial simarilaties between romantic partners. I walked byvthe gallery today on South Granville and it seems interesting. http://www.initialgallery.com/phone/exhibitions.html

    1 · February 13, 2014

  • Holly V.

    ah so all of us dateless people can hang out together and photograph love poems! lol Great idea. I have been warding off a threatening virus so I reserve the right to cancel tomorrow if I succumb!

    February 13, 2014

    • Carissa

      That is one way to look at it.

      February 13, 2014

  • Shannon L.

    I forgot I am babysitting my niece and nephew so I might be about 10-15 mins. bit late.

    February 12, 2014

    • Carissa

      No problem. Do you have my #?

      February 12, 2014

    • Shannon L.

      yes, I do. Thanks. I'll text you when I arrive.

      February 12, 2014

  • Dionysios

    L'amour, toujours l'amour?

    Nah, it's that Valentine's day.

    2 · February 12, 2014

  • sharon

    Very cool idea Carissa...a chance to explore the darker side as well :)

    2 · February 11, 2014

  • kurt

    I just to say that when I travel write stories. I add photos but in reality I tell my friends that I writing the stories around my photos. but the idea of this group is great. It is something I am excited to try and participate in. I live in Everett so I obviously wont be able to attend as much as I would like . but thank you for inviting me. I hope to attend soon.

    2 · February 11, 2014

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