When I was a lot younger, I had the thought that I would scribble my poetry on top of my paintings, giving both a bit more depth. I never was satisfied with any results, mostly because I’ve never learned how to draw. My painting skills are basically that of a six year old. My poems are pretty obscure, which works well for being painted, but only if the painting is interesting, and I never felt any were interesting enough to share.
I stopped working in oil/acrylic about 20 years ago, and switched to photography.
I still haven’t found a good medium for my poems, but recently had the thought that if I changed how I worked in my digital darkroom a bit, I could use photo titles as a form of free verse.
Normally, as I’ve written previously, when I start working in my digital darkroom on a new photograph, I keep it on my screen until I come up with an appropriate title, and then start tweaking the photo until I finish.
But what if, instead I kept a running diary of verse1 and used those, in sequence, for photo titles?
Only I would know why certain photos would necessarily be hung together, with titles that cohere into a larger thought.
Hmmm. We’ll see if this works out.Footnotes:
- or used already completed verses [↩]