Here are word-pictures of photos I didn’t take over the last two days:
- beaded-up raindrops on the serrated leaves of a dandelion between two sidewalk slabs
- water drops on a yellow leaf lying on a bed of brown mulch
- a steam cloud rising above a grain dryer, back-lit by orange sunrise light
- the same steam cloud, orange against a slate-blue sky
- silver grain bins lit from the left with whitish-yellow afternoon light against bruise-blue sky
Had these photos been actually taken, they may have been lovely, but, you know, I didn’t have my camera with me, and anyway, maybe it’s better anyhow that these images now exist as word-pictures (some visualization required).
I like these word-pictures.
They are easier for the reader to own.
I have seen these things.
They are known.
But then, we share a mid-western canvas…
Yes, easier for the reader to own — I like how you said that. Perhaps descriptions like these share more of the observer’s perspective/consciousness with the audience than a photo would, so that the reader isn’t seeing only an image but also the reader is getting some of the writer/original viewer’s experience as well.
I agree! You just shared these pictures as verbal snapshots… you’re a good photographer (so no knock intended), but these are likely better with all their vague, imaginary corners…
Thanks — and I’m starting to think there may be some similarity between these descriptions and some of the traditional Japanese haiku that describe a thing seen through the consciousness of the seer.