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I Am a Camera

Updated on March 20, 2015
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Liz's dad was a professional level hobby photographer, and she grew up learning at his side, in his home-built darkroom.

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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    Liz Elias 2 years ago from Oakley, CA

    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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    Glenn Stok 2 years 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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    Liz Elias 3 years ago from Oakley, CA

    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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    drbj and sherry 3 years 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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    Liz Elias 3 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Hi there, RTalloni--

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

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    RTalloni 3 years 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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    Liz Elias 3 years ago from Oakley, CA

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

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    Nichol marie 3 years ago from The Country-Side

    I love this poem great

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    Liz Elias 3 years ago from Oakley, CA

    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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    Mackenzie Sage Wright 3 years ago

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

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    Liz Elias 3 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Hi, Nell!

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

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    Nell Rose 3 years 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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    Liz Elias 3 years ago from Oakley, CA

    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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    Catherine Giordano 3 years 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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    Liz Elias 3 years ago from Oakley, CA

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

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    The Examiner-1 3 years ago

    Interesting MsLizzy it was a great picture of the camera.

    Kevin

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    Liz Elias 3 years ago from Oakley, CA

    @ 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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    Venkatachari M 3 years 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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    Linda Crampton 3 years 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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    Liz Elias 3 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Hello there, Flourish!

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

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    FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

    Very nicely done! I like the message.

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    Liz Elias 3 years ago from Oakley, CA

    @ 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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    Janis Leslie Evans 3 years 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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    Bill Holland 3 years 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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    Ann Carr 3 years 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!

    Ann

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    Shauna L Bowling 3 years 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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