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How to Combine Photography and Poetry - Rhyming Images
Poetry and Photography: Rhyming Images
I have written words in rhyme almost all my life. As a young girl I was really shy and this was my way to express my feelings and communicate with other people. Later on, when I got my first digital camera, I started to write poems to the photos I had made of the beautiful landscape I live in.
Around the year 2000 I think, I joined a poetry group on the internet and I started to write poems in the English language. As English is not my native language, I made many grammar mistakes at first and even 'invented' some new words which made my readers laugh. Thanks to my online poetry friends, who were always willing to help me to get it right, I've learned a lot since then.
Of course in comparison to a native English speaking person, my English vocabulary is rather limited because I don't know all the synonyms of so many words as I do in my own language. However long time ago I found a Van Dale's dictionary program (not online but installed on my pc) which gives not only a translation, but also many examples how and when to use the different synonyms. So most of the time I can put the right word in the right place.
Rhyming Images Are a Combination of Poetry and Photography
One day I just started to combine my love for writing rhymes and photographing nature's beauty and I call them my Rhyming Images.
"I call them Rhyming Images, the photos of my land,
combined with words that sometimes rhyme,
creations formed by eye and hand".
If you want a preview of my books, you can find them here:
Self Publishing Today Is Rather Easy and Not Too Expensive
One day I thought it was fun to collect my poems and photos and publish them through one of those POD publishers you can find on the internet. My choice fell upon Blurb.com. A very dear and skilled poet friend offered to proof read my poems and I was and still am very grateful for the time he put in to help me publish my poems. He passed away last year way too soon. Bless his beautiful soul.
Book 1 - Rhyming Images - Where I Shall Live and Die
This book is about the beautiful nature and landscape that surrounds me and where I travel through in my country.
Book 2 - Rhyming Images - the Me and Mine Connection
This book contains poems and photos of family and other things I have closed into my heart.
Book 3 - Rhyming Images - Seasoning the Sun
This book contains poems and photos of the beautiful sunsets and sunrises I see in my neck of the woods which is called Zeeuws-Vlaanderen. In winter I see the sun actually sink behind the horizon right in front of my house.
Book 4 - Rhyming Images - Reflecting My Soul in Water
This book contains poems about and photos of the ancient creeks where I live, the big rivers that cross my country and the North Sea that borders the whole West side of my country which is for two/third below sea level.
Book 5 - Rhyming Images - Spiders in My Head
This book contains poems about and photos of the spiders and spider webs in my house, barn and garden. I just love the way spiders build there homes and though I'm not too fond of picking them up, I'm fascinated by their world.
Poll about Writing Poetry
Do you write poetry?
What Triggers Me to Write a Poem to a Photo?
Ever so often when I travel through my country or just look out the windows of my house I am compelled by the beauty of nature. Land, sky and water - it's all there in this little country of mine called the Netherlands. The only thing we don't have are mountains but I don't mind that at all. The beauty of my country lies in the openness of the landscape, small dykes with trees, low horizon and therefore lots of sky with beautuful clouds.
I see what the famous 17th century Dutch painters saw, the Dutch light is special they say and I think they're right. At one time I started to capture nature's beauty with my digital camera and when I looked at the photos words popped into my head and I wrote them down. I not only write poems to photos, but I like to put them in the photo. That's how it all begun.
Maybe not so strange as it seams. My dad, Synco Schram de Jong (1910-1984), was an artist and one of his great-great uncles, Synco Reijnders (1793-1873), was rather famous for writing poetry in his local dialect (He's on Wikipedia but it's in Dutch only).
The Inner Me - No One Knows the Inner Me, but Me
Our photo club once got invited by a Salsa dance group to take pictures at one of there evening meetings . It was rather dark in that location and they were all dancing and hopping around. I had taken a lot of pictures but I thought most of my photos had turned out bad and blurry. Then I saw the picture below and though the picture was not sharp, I saw the pleasure of dancing in this lady's smile.
In Loving Memory
Passions in Poetry - A Family of Friends
Marge Tindal was one of the poets I met on the poetry website Passions in Poetry and she became my friend for life after meeting her in 2002, when I travelled to the USA to meet some of the poets I had met on this poetry website. Marge was a successful author and poet. She also loved full moons and wrote lots of poems in full moon shape.
Marge passed away on January 26, 2009. In a tribute to her memory and with the consent of her children, I've collected all her moon poems and put them in a book as a memory gift for her children, including my own farewell moon poems.
Do You Read Poetry?
I Love to Write the Japanese 5-7-5 Haiku
I really love the 5-7-5 syllables Haiku because a Haiku always tells you something about nature.
That's How I Do It - Combining Photography and Poetry
My words are not complicated, intricated or sophisticated,
they're simplified and quite easy to comprehend.
They might either be visionary or bearing some truth,
but they're all mine from the start until the end.
© 2010 Titia Geertman