I Am a Camera

I Am a Camera

I capture all within my view.

The pristine and the soiled;

The ugly and the beautiful alike.

Without bias or judgment,

I reflect both the living and the inanimate;

The quick and the dead.

The trees, the sky,

A bird, a fish, a dog;

And you, and I and all around.

I am a camera,

Incapable of choice;

Free of care and woe.

Grand vistas,

Or the microscopic;

My lens sees all.

Not until it is within your hand,

A human hand;

Does any prejudice show.

To have my images,

My careful renderings;

Distorted by angles, torn asunder by edits.

Not until meddlesome hands

intervene with my workings;

Do my recordings come unraveled.

They say pictures never lie,

But yes, they can be made to;

It’s all about the people--and their motives.

I am a but camera…

All photos courtesy of Pixabay

© 2015 Liz Elias

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bravewarrior 22 months ago from Central Florida

I love this! Many people use software to distort or modify images. I love the perspective you brought here. There's nothing like the real deal. Untouched, left pure and true.

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annart 22 months ago from SW England

Yes, they used to say 'the camera never lies' but of course that doesn't apply in this age of air-brushing, distortion and other technical so-called progression.

I much prefer a well composed, well timed photo that can stand up for itself; that takes skill and an artistic eye!

Great poetry, great philosophy!


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billybuc 22 months ago from Olympia, WA

You are, for sure, a writer. Only a writer, a practitioner of this craft, could write a poem about an inanimate object and make it enjoyable.

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janshares 22 months ago from Washington, DC

Hi DzyMsLizzy. I love this poem. You've captured a fresh perspective of the camera as no longer an inanimate object and the human as its negative manipulator. Very clever and beautifully written. My favorite line: "Not until it is within your hand, a human hand, does any prejudice show. Voted up, awesome, and interesting.

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DzyMsLizzy 22 months ago from Oakley, CA Author

@ bravewarrior - Yes, these days, the software is getting so sophisticated it can be very difficult to tell whether or not you are viewing a true image; a favorite foil of the advertising industry! Thank you. I'm glad you liked this alternate viewpoint.

@ Ann - I agree. I've missed SO many photos because I could not get the angle I wanted to render it truly. Even though our eye takes in a very wide angle view, the standard camera lends does not, and cliffs and forests, despite their natural beauty, can get in the way of backing up far enough to render the scene to the camera just as you see it with your eyes. Thanks very much for your great comment!

@ billybuc - Thank you so very much, Bill. I'm delighted you so enjoyed this poem. Coming from a writer of your level, that is indeed a great compliment. Thank you again!

@ janshares - I'm thrilled this piece has gotten the reaction it has. Thank you so much for your comment; I'm so pleased you liked it so well as to even have a favorite line! Thanks, too, for the votes!

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FlourishAnyway 22 months ago from USA

Very nicely done! I like the message.

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DzyMsLizzy 22 months ago from Oakley, CA Author

Hello there, Flourish!

Thank you so very much! I'm most pleased that you liked this poem.

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AliciaC 22 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

This is an interesting poem, DzyMsLizzy. I love the way in which you've approached the topic of altered reality. It's very effective.

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Venkatachari M 22 months ago from Hyderabad, India

It's awesome! You stressed on the most essential point here. Camera captures the original, natural images without distortion and prejudice. But men make them fake and distorted and hide originality with all this malicious technology.

Thanks for this wonderful poetry. Voted up and awesome.

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DzyMsLizzy 22 months ago from Oakley, CA Author

@ AliciaC - I'm delighted that you so enjoyed this poem! Thanks very much for the nice comment!

@ VenkatachariM - So true, yes, it takes humans to really foul things up, doesn't it?! I'm glad you like my poem. Thank you very much for the comment and votes.

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The Examiner-1 22 months ago

Interesting MsLizzy it was a great picture of the camera.


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DzyMsLizzy 22 months ago from Oakley, CA Author

Thanks very much, Kevin! I'm delighted you enjoyed the poem and its imagery.

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CatherineGiordano 22 months ago from Orlando Florida

You choose some wonderful photos to illustrate your piece. I loved your poem. You make a very good point-- What we see is always influenced by our own perspective. voted up +

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DzyMsLizzy 22 months ago from Oakley, CA Author

Hello there, Catherine,

Thank you very much; I'm most pleased you so enjoyed my little poem and the accompanying photos. It is true: we ourselves are the only ones with bias.

Thanks for your nice comment and the votes!

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Nell Rose 22 months ago from England

How different, but I love it! and I loved your photo's too...or was it just the camera's? lol!

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DzyMsLizzy 22 months ago from Oakley, CA Author

Hi, Nell!

LOL Yes...well, who's to say? I'm glad you liked this bit of fluff. Thanks much!

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WiccanSage 22 months ago

Really beautiful, Mz Lizzy-- I used to work as a photographer, and I really loved this. Thanks!

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DzyMsLizzy 22 months ago from Oakley, CA Author

Hi, Sage!

Thank you very much. I'm so pleased you enjoyed this. It's one of those 'gift' poems that just came to me, and I had to scramble to write it down before I forgot. ;-)

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chuckandus6 21 months ago from The Country-Side

I love this poem great

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DzyMsLizzy 21 months ago from Oakley, CA Author

Thank you, chuckandus6, I'm glad you enjoyed this poem.

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RTalloni 21 months ago from the short journey

Such a neat post that is a pleasure to read because it is well done and thought provoking. I often think about how if we say a picture says a thousand words we need to be sure those words are true…

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DzyMsLizzy 21 months ago from Oakley, CA Author

Hi there, RTalloni--

Many thanks for your kind words of praise. I'm so delighted you enjoyed this excursion... ;)

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drbj 21 months ago from south Florida

If people were to act more like cameras, not making judgments and untainted by bias, perhaps we could eliminate hatred and prejudice from our world. Thanks for your positive philosophical take on the subject, Ms. Lizzy.

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DzyMsLizzy 21 months ago from Oakley, CA Author

Hi, Paula,

Yes, indeed. I so agree, and I'm glad you pulled that out of the piece. I did not actually have that 'precisely' in mind when I wrote it, but I'm sure it was there in the background. Gotta love subliminal stuff. ;-)

So pleased you liked this poem.

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Glenn Stok 16 months ago from Long Island, NY

Delightful poem with really meaningful sentiment Lizzy. A camera does not judge. It sees the beauty for what it is.

Congratulations on winning this year's Hubbie award as Forum Queen.

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DzyMsLizzy 16 months ago from Oakley, CA Author

Hello there, Glenn

I'm delighted you so enjoyed this gift of a poem. That's how I used to write; they would just 'come to me,' and I had to hurry up and write on whatever scrap of paper was at hand, lest I forget a single, vital word.

My muse has been AWOL for several years, now, so I am thrilled when I 'catch' a new poem.

Thanks, as well for the kudos on the Hubbie award; and I see that you as well are due the same congratulations; lifetime award..wow..that's truly impressive!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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