Friday, March 25, 2005

The Nature of Poetry

About three weeks ago, Roy Arenella read a posting of mine about creating art in nature, and he responded with this photocard created out of a photograph (from 26 Feb 1998) upon which he had etched a single tmetically altered word.

Roy Arenella, "DRA" (Winter 2004)

The caption incorporated into the image defines the thin white superstructure of the wing as not a part of nature perceived but a mere (or exalted) drawing of same. Roy's message on the back of the card concerns the difficulty in developing "visual poetries for nature."

un violon d'ingres


Anonymous said...

geOf, With my apartment filled with a labyrinthe of stacked, packed boxes of all shapes & sizes --in preparation for our move out of here in May-- & with my workroom 3/4s dismantled & packed away, I'm resorting to an email response to this blog post about my card "dRAw ing".
Actually the image isnt a photograph but is more like a photogram. In the standard example of the latter an object, placed on photographic paper & then exposed to a flash of light, blocks or partially shadows the surface of the paper from that light, causing a design on it --a "drawing" in various tones from white, thru grey to black, made directly with light.
In my picture, the wing of a cicada was placed in the enlarger & functions as a negative would, throwing an enlarged, light-dark reversed,image of the wing onto the photo paper.
I usually dont feel the need to make "corrections" concerning my pictures, but in this case it seems necessary --in order to taste the full flavor of the title, "dRA wing".
Best, r0y

Geof Huth said...


Correction appreciated. Now that I think about it, of course this is a photogram (tho a Royogram instead of a Rayogram). This should've occurred to me, but I'm so used to reversing the polarity of an image on the computer, that I just assumed the same (ridiculously enough) in this case!