Using Pictures To Paint Your Poems
Using Pictures To Paint Your Poems, is the second post in our step by step guide to create awesome poems! If you missed the first post, you can find it here.Go to Poetry Writing-A Discussion.
Today We are talking about Using Pictures To Paint Your Poems!
Relation Between Photography and Poetry
How to use pictures to paint great poems? Pictures talk! Haven't You heard that before? If you have studied the basic composition techniques in photography( Oh there are many, rule of the thirds, golden rules, golden ratios...) you would probably know by now that, a photographer spends quite some time, composing the image, studying patterns, finding leading lines, finding a suitable angle, light to highlight the theme he is trying to paint, before he presses the shutter key. He uses a suitable ISO, a shutter speed and a suitable lens( a macro one or a wide angle one or a telephoto one as the occasion deems, and more sometimes he uses filters too!) Why all this fuss for taking a simple photograph? If we are strangers to photography we would worry.'He just have to press the shutter key and it's done, you know its not a big deal'.
So we grab the camera from our 'time wasting-photographer' and shoot!.No adjustments of ISO, shutter speeds, lenses, filters, angles, nothing...same garden, same landscape, same old Tim holding a flower.Done! But when we look at the prints, we can't believe what is the matter with our photographs. Tim seems to be like a ghost, with a darkened face, and red eyes! And our poor old garden looks like a hell, even my broken window and garage has managed to squeeze in to the photograph, and I can barely see my favorite roses, which I actually photographed!
Oops.Tim holds out the photos 'our time wasting photographer' managed to shoot, and guess what, yes once again I can't believe its my house and It's my Tim.In the case of Tim , he appears like a model, with a decent smile, with dark blue eyes, and it is hundred times better than he really appears in the real world, and a similar thing goes with my garden!
Um so our discussion about photography is dropped for a while in case you hated it, and we move back to our poetry, the reason you are here! So what about poetry?How to write great poems?
See If I am correct.We don't think twice about how to write,how to select words,how to choose figures of speech, how to select the suitable rhymes, and how long should our lines be or how many stanzas we will want.we write them as the thoughts come down to us and we are done!10 minutes, and wow! May be we can even post about "How To Write A Great Poem In 10 Minutes" !. Guess what, when we come back to our own poem,may be after a week or so, we would ask, 'who the hell on earth wrote this ridiculous poem, so silly!' and suddenly our memory knocks in our heads and reminds us it was no one but the 'ridiculous us' who wrote this 'Great Poem' and well.....
We have a very good and inspiring thought spinning in our heads, something about the beauty of roses in our garden, or about our kitten, or may be about Tim! We are about to write a great poem !Well, we hurriedly write the lines as the thoughts instruct us to throw in this line and that,OK this too would suit you, add this too, even though it appears to be somewhat ridiculous even at the time of writing!. And we are done.10 Minutes poetry! Awesome, isn't it? Well...Until you discover you have made a disaster.
Lessons from Our Photographer
Writing 10 minutes poetry was very much like pressing the shutter button without thinking twice.And the result is the same.In both instances we ruined our precious moment, or thought!
And what about 'time wasting photography' ? As it produced gorgeous images, enhancing the quality of the actual sceneries 'time-wasting poetry' produces ever remembered, touching poems, enhancing the emotions and feelings for our particular subject! As the photographer selected proper ISO, exposure, lenses, filters, lightning and angles to produce the best out of nothing, great poets use figures of speech, rhymes, techniques like personification, repetition, ,analogy, paradoxes, alliteration......well there are many.. to produce great poems out of a very simple thought, may be from something very minor to what you already had in your mind when you started your 10 minutes poetry!
More lessons from the 'time wasting one'
For many professionals, pressing the shutter after spending quit bit of time doing everything we discussed above isn't the end of their photography session. They go to their home, studio, office, whatever it may be and spend a similar or even more time editing the image they have just captured with so much effort.Now you ask again, why on earth they want even more time, when they have already used their skills, and photographed , thinking, thinking and again thinking before pressing the shutter key!.It's true that they have captured the maximum potential out of their subjects, but editing simply means fine tuning the works. They find cons in their images, and suggest adjustments and try them, and undo them, and try a different thing again,using an image editing software like adobe photoshop, until they are pleased with their outcome. And when he finally brings the final print to you, you don't know whether this is the original photo captured from the camera, or a one he edited, and you don't care, because the ultimate result pleases and well, drags you out of your feet!
Back To Our Poetry
Now you get the picture.Even after we have composed our poem very carefully, taking time, using the techniques effectively, to fine tune our work, to produce the best possible result. We have to take time to read, re read and read once again and edit, edit while sitting, edit while walking, edit while dreaming! And when we feel that we have done the best we could have done, publish it!
This ends our discussion about using pictures to Paint our poetry.Don't Worry though because our discussion about writing awesome poems is not yet over!.We will continue to dig deep into the world of poetry in a novel and inspiring way through our discussion' How To Write Great Poems'!