Prose and Photography

March 08, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Prose and Photography

The freedom to express, communicate, learn, and be in a relationship with our surroundings is so very critical for the well-being of our human nature and condition. To be and feel isolated from letting others know a bit about who we are and what we seem to be learning is but a step or two away from living out a sense of oblivion. This may be especially true even when we have trouble knowing or communicating with ourselves.

Why do photographers and other artists create? Out of a long list of whys, I would place (whether self-acknowledged or not) communication as number one. When setting internal goals or naming insights the likelihood of actualizing a result is severely limited if one keeps it all to oneself. As the number of people with whom the information is shared increases, the chances of follow-through with a good result also increases.

The question of who is our audience is a vital key for how we approach our artistic work. It may well be that a work is for only one person; the self. As with this blog perhaps I am writing more to myself than to anyone else. However, it is my hope that these thoughts have enough merit to at least be a prompter for additional thinking and revision for you the reader.

After a three-year pause in writing and photographing a book on pause; I became more aware that though I am a photographer; I find that photographs are not always able to communicate all of what I have to share. In this new project, Pause: Embracing the Hesitations in Life (Blurb Bookstore http://www.blurb.com/b/4954188-pause), I wrote as if I were being asked what story a particular photograph, related to these hesitations, was trying to tell. In this way an effort was made to be a storyteller of personal insights...in other words, to communicate.

When I do place prose with my photographs, my orientation is to have both mediums weighted equally for impact. It is important to encourage alignments among the writer/photographer, reader/viewer and the word/photograph. After writing the prose and feeling a sense of integrity with those words, it did take a while to feel as comfortable with the photographs.

May I invite you to choose one of your more meaningful photographs and write 1-3 paragraphs that enhance your communication with self and others?
 


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