Poetry/ Text and Photography

I would like to use some kind of text alongside my imagery, and as I have always loved poetry and prose wiring, I felt this was personal enough to maybe complement my imagery within the chance of distracting from them. In my brief research here, I have found that it is possible to do it in a way that is both over and understated, and it’s simply just about chosing how I go about presenting the influence of this research within my final layouts.

  •  Visualising Poetry Eileen McCarney Muldoon/Olaf Willoughby

    This collaboration demonstrates the true cohesion between text and imagery, and just how much they can be used in relation to each other. By putting the poetry on the page, the idea of  a relationship between them is fortified, and the more you are able to see how they are linked.

  • Working with text first and then producing imagery, the synthesised nature between the two become the same, and the combination allows a story to be told, different to every person. As he states in his introduction, the reading of the poetry with the text is a personal thing to do, each spread having different connotations and meanings to the ones who read it.
The Art of Collaboration — Poetry and Photography – Jillian and David Pattinson
  • creating new imagery from poetry, these siblings worked poetry and photography into a new type of collaboration
  • “Before they began, the siblings discussed the commonalities between their media. They agreed that poetry and photography shared more than, for example, poetry and prose. ‘It’s about showing rather than telling,’ explains Jillian. ‘What we realised is that both the photograph and the poem are trying to capture ephemera, and fix a moment—in a word and in an image. It could be something quite fleeting and transient, yet you try to pin that down.’


Dialogues 02: 52 Photographs & 25 Poems – Aaron Stern

Dialogues 02: 52 Photographs & 25 Poem


‘Pairing of poetry and photography’. This features the work of multiple artists, all collaborating to produce this work.

I love this idea, as poetry is so personal, et we can still find ourselves in other people’s words, this definitely demonstrating this. The variety of images and poetry make for a book that is filled with beauty and perspective. I also love the cohesion of image and poetry to a page, I think this is successful, but definitely changes the ‘feel’ of the final piece – is it a photo book, a poetry book?

A Thousand Words: Writing from Photographs

This essay by Casey N. Cep explores the idea of writing prose from photos, studying them after the event and writing, in detail, a description. Casey details how she stopped carrying a notebook to write observations and simply started snapping pictures on her iPhone, in order to simply scroll back through and identify the time, place and happening. Friends were in disbelief  when told that Casey had not written anything down at the time, showing the power of a photograph and how evocative it can be.
This is the part that I wanted to focus on – the ‘feeling’ that a photo can conjure up, regardless of if shot on an iPhone or DSLR, film or gopro. There is power in a photograph, and they way that prose and poetry can be created around that is simply affirming this fact.
Although the author doesn’t necessarily use poetry and photography in the way as above collaborators do, I felt it necessary to include them, especially as although I can ‘churn out’ some prose detailing observations etc, I’d rather make them personal to the photos in a way, and this is exactly how.







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