“The purpose of poetry is to awaken sleepers
by means other than shock.”
- Denise Levertov, American Poet
Last week, I overheard someone, somewhere utter the words, “I’m searching for poetry.” I don’t remember who, when, where, or why, but the words lodged in my subconscious and only surfaced when I came across Denise Levertov’s quotation. I’d been searching for a theme for this week’s blog post – and suddenly, there it was!
That’s what I do with my camera – I search for poetry.
I want to do more thinking – and photography – with that thought in mind, but for the time being, today’s blog post is a first run at trying to understand photography as visual poetry. In the same manner, I believe my husband’s quilts are also visual poetry.
For today, here are ten photos than I made last week, each of which is a form of visual poetry.
Nine of the photos come from a Good Friday visit to the newly reopened Canada Museum of Science and Technology in Ottawa. What a fine museum! I thoroughly enjoyed my visit, especially because the museum was packed with hundreds of children having a great time.
The only non-museum photo is of Otis, our dear miniature longhaired dachshund, a dog that Bill saved from premature death almost seven years ago. Surely this photo of Otis sleeping qualifies as visual poetry.
I hope you enjoy the photos!