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.
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
can leave me
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
like fire roses
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
fallen into the dark
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 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.
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.