It's Week #34:

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Week 34: Poetry


Photo by: Simone May –  Week 25: Books (2016)

At first glance, one might think that poetry and photography are not very similar. Photography is extremely visual and poetry (though it is often read these days and not recited) has an ancient aural and oral background. Can one argue that poetry is probably one of humankind’s first creative outlets?

Poetry and photography, however, have something really interesting in common. Since they both only give the audience a short cryptic glimpse into another world, it is up to the audience to connect the dots and conjure up their own meanings of the artwork. Every single person (with different backgrounds and understanding) will see or experience something totally unique.

So now it is up to you creative Framer to read a poem this week and then show us your take on the meaning of the beautiful words. You interpret the poem and then we the viewers get to interpret your interpretation!

Tips and Tuts for this week:

  • Read your poem thoroughly and slowly, and more than a few times. Read it even out loud and read it until it ‘drips from your tongue like honey‘. (Dead Poet’s Society)
  • Poetic photography is a style of art photography known for cutting juxtaposition, soft and often nostalgic beauty and visual ambiguity. It is well-worth your time to explore it on Instagram, Pinterest and Flickr.
  • There are many photography and poetic collaborations. Here the photographer Wojciech Wilczyk talks about his interpretation of the poem “Blue Pueblo” by Grzegorz Wróblewski.
  • Here is photoshop tutorial on recreating the hauntingly beautiful work of Jerry Uelsman. And here is a video with a whole series of his thought-provoking work. And tutorials on how to make a double or a triple exposure photo.

Looking for more inspiration? Check out our “Books” album (2016), the “Line from a song” album (2016) and the “Dreams and Fantasies” album (2015). And of course, the Googles! Oh you sweet Googles.


Extra Credit: Chosen for you!
For some extra credit joojoo, let us choose the poem for you! You just might get a poem that you have never heard of or one that you did not even consider for this challenge.

To have your poem selected for you, CLICK ONCE ON THIS LINK, and the man behind the curtain will give you a name! To participate in the EC, you must choose the first poem given to you; do not refresh the page (of course if you aren’t going for the EC, you can refresh as many times as you like).

Thanks again to Ernst Muller for all the hard work in compiling and creating this great random poem generator!



Photo credit: Rivka Wax – Week 9: Black and white (2015)

Remember, it is not necessary to keep this Extra Credit challenge in mind while shooting. It’s extra credit!

*Please note!! You can only submit ONE photo per week, for the week’s challenge. This photo can include the “Extra Credit” part of the challenge or the “regular” challenge, but you can never submit more than one photo!

Past Challenges 2016

Past Challenges - 2015