Too Much, Too Fast
What the novelist says in 10,000 words, the poet says in 10. And after a poem, we not just have more information, but more experience as well. In our digital age, it's easy to write a lot of words, capture a lot of photographs. And sometimes I think we do too much too fast. And poetry reminds us of the art of simplicity. And if you don't like poetry, think of song lyrics instead. What a songwriter does is take a broad idea, concept, or story, and whittles down to a three minute range. There's a really powerful art to that. Let me share a few poetic lines with you. Dylan Thomas wrote about his father approaching the end of his life, and he said, "Do not go gentle into that dark night, "but rage, rage against the dying of the light." And then there's Emerson who wrote, "The earth laughs in flowers." You know, sometimes song lyrics were poems. They give voice to these things that we feel inside, but we just don't know how to articulate them. One more for you about the rain. This one by We...
ndell Berry. "I am the poem of the earth, said the voice of the rain, "Eternal I rise, impalpable, out of the land "and bottomless sea, upward to heaven. "Whence vaguely formed, altogether changed, "and yet the same." Then skipping to the end of the poem, "And forever by day and night I give back life "to my own origin and make it pure, "and beautify it." So how then does this relate to us in our space here as we're seeking to become more creative and alive, to create better work? Here's what I want you to do. I want you to dig around and find a poetic line or a song lyric, and then go out and shoot photographs with that in mind. How many pictures? Well, only six. I want you to create six poetic frames, and I want you to use negative space rather than filling it up and stuffing everything in. Keep it simple, open, and sparse. Anyway, I want you to think about how it would work as if these frames maybe were alongside those poetic words. So go out, have some fun capturing images, but do so with poetry in mind.