My latest book is titled When the Mind Travels: A Poetic Journey into Photography. I wrote it because I believe photography and poetry are two powerful and (very) complementary art forms. When you bring them together, the resulting stories are not just amazing. They also awake the senses and foster meanings where / when we least expect it.
Nature and landscape photography has been a passion of mine for several years. In my poetry, I have always focused on the spiritual aspect of things. With this book, my goal is to offer readers a meditation on life and the human condition through images from several countries. You will find shots from Canada, the place I have called home for 12 years; France, my birth country; Syria, which I visited in 2009; and Alaska.
I approach photography in the same way as I write poetry. It’s not about the tools. It’s about the moment when my eyes catch a silent, but fleeting story unfolding. What happens next, is a spiritual yearning to describe the scene with my camera. However, it is during the editing process that my poetic background comes into play. Every photo must achieve two goals: simplicity and serenity.
I don’t recall seeing poetry and photography together in a book. And, I think that is exactly what makes When the Mind Travels: A Poetic Journey into Photography such a unique concept. The world is not just black and white. There are many different shades that the naked eye may not catch. However, the soul or mind will actually see them
When the Mind Travels is for the lovers of nature, travelers, and those who sometimes ponder what the ‘other side’ has to offer. I do not claim to have the answer, but the constant joy I experience as a poet and photographer cannot be wrong. 🙂
- Link to book: creativeramblings.com/book
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