On Poetry and Photography

"Wonder and beauty is all around you, you can find it in the most unexpected places. Be alert to the small and simple things in your daily surroundings, you can use them in a poetic way and transform the mundane into the magical. It’s one of the powers a photographer has: to make visible the beauty in things that are sometimes too close to recognize it. Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but by using the camera you are able to emphasize and share that beauty with the world. Small gestures can become great metaphors." ~ Maarten Rots

As we sipped smooth rich chocolate shakes in front of Carl's Frozen Custard, I watched the people and finally the skies as the sun set and storms began to brew. And just like that the eagle and the hawk began their dance of swoops and swirls — traveling in tandem, then darting apart, as though playing some game of chase born of instinct and nature. The show went on for several minutes as I pointed my camera skyward, pressed the shutter and prayed.

Occasionally friends will ask where I find the quotes for coming to my senses. I am an avid reader and I have curated a list of blogs and newsletters that inform, educate, and inspire me.

One of my favorite photographers, Kim Manley Ort author of Contemplative Living Through Photography shares a regular newsletter that helps me to see the world in new ways. I came across today's thoughtful quote on poetry and photography by way of Kim's most recent newsletter in honor of National Poetry Month. To learn more about the interplay of photography and poetry, read this article that Kim referenced, Poetry and Photography: How Rainer Maria Rilke Is Relevant To Being A Photographer.