7:25 a.m. — Atlanta
listening to Kingston Market with Harry Belafonte
Hello, all. Ready for pictures? I have a strange little collection for you to peruse. I came across these when P J Kaiser featured them in a blog post. I will give you the link to her blog, as they are her find. Once you arrive, you will find two links to collections of Irina Werning’s before and after photographs of people in Kaiser’s Inspiration Minute.
Stay with me a minute. Yes, you. I saw your hand dart for your mouse.
Werning, who is from Buenos Aires, says of this project: ‘I love old photos. I admit being a nosey photographer. As soon as I step into someone else’s house, I start sniffing for them. Most of us are fascinated by their retro look but to me, it’s imagining how people would feel and look like if they were to reenact them today… Two years ago, I decided to actually do this. So, with my camera, I started inviting people to go back to their future.’
As you skim through the photographs, pay attention to signals from your brain. You want to note the pictures that cause a blip, whether positive or negative. When the blip occurs, stop and jot immediate reactions, as well as any ideas that pop in, for a possible angle. Once you have been through the collections, narrow down your choices. If you cannot choose between a couple, meld them. Your poem isn’t about the photographs, so it doesn’t matter.
What should the poem be about? The people, or the story behind what you see. And, yes, you might want to use the conceit of your speaker coming across a couple of photographs and speculating, but you do not have to. Unlike last week, where we talked about the moment of shifting from before to after with an object, or place, with these you’ll probably want to have a brief acknowledgment of once and concentration on after, or the other way around. I hope that makes sense. The good news? Anything you write is right. Yes, I am cute.
You might want to try a portrait poem, where you transcribe into words what you see in the photograph. You can leave as is, or add the who, what, where, when. The photographs that elicit the strongest emotions are the ones you want to look at, to ask yourself what it is that attracts or repels you. Use what you discover as part of your speaker’s tone of voice.
Now you can go look!
I’ll see you Thursday for some thoughts on my insistence on jotting and noting; Friday, for the prompt roundup; and next Tuesday for a found prompt.
Happy writing, everyone.