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This post is a continuation from post ‘Exercise (poem) – Reflection’ At: https://cormac513273.wordpress.com/2014/10/31/exercise-poem-reflection/

Preliminary shoot

The setting was a tram station at an off-peak travel time. Of all the exposures made (see Gallery 3 ‘Contact Sheets’ below) nine pictures were chosen that I thought best captured the interpretation (above).  These nine images are displayed in Gallery 1: ‘Nine Selected Images’ below.

Note: click on galleries to view larger. The images chosen for Gallery 1 are marked on the contact sheets.

Gallery1: Nine Selected Images

Of the nine selected pictures two are of particular interest and are displayed in Galley 2: ‘Selection from Nine’ below.

Galley 2: Selection from Nine

The first of the two pictures shows a ‘quiet’ scene, somewhat reflective (one person sitting in the half-light), yet the setting (tram tracks) and the person standing beside the tracks is alert, waiting — there is about the scene, I suggest, the quality (‘awareness’) and ‘tension’ captured in Mary Oliver’s poem ‘Morning’ (above).

The second image in Gallery 2 has the quality of the lines in the poem: ‘Then wants to go out into the world/where she leaps lightly and for no apparent reason across the lawn’. This image draws the natural world into any proposed sequence – as do two other somewhat similar images in Gallery 1 (10140942c and 10140944c  above). However the photograph in Gallery 2 is stronger because the birds are not obviously foraging, and therefore are associated with the ‘indeterminacy of life’ present in the poem (above).

Of interest also is the final image in the Gallery 1 (image title 10140968c). In this photograph the body of the person sitting on the seat is obscured (with only a crossed leg visible) but their shadow can be seen on the wall. This image has a ‘pensive’ quality to it but tips too far towards ‘reverie’ and away from ‘awareness’ – something I was conscious to avoid (see previous post above).


This shoot showed me that the idea to use the setting was a viable one. Within this setting several approaches were explored by which the poem could be visually interpreted, some more successful than others — the two strongest images are shown in Gallery 2 (above). The next shoot will be done at this same venue. Reviewing the images shows elements to avoid: too strong use of metaphor e.g. the ‘man on the track’ image (10140925c) in Gallery 1 above, or images that suggest reverie or dream (discussed above); elements to develop: the ‘natural world’ of the pigeons that share the station with the passengers, as triggers for ‘awareness’.

Gallery 3 ‘Contact Sheets’

This post continues at ‘Exercise (poem) — photos #2’ at: https://cormac513273.wordpress.com/2014/11/05/exercise-poem-photos-2/