Put a camera in the hands of a writer, you never know what might happen

Discussion in 'The Watering Hole' started by Jock Elliott, Dec 2, 2013.

  1. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott SC All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY
    This came to me this am in the twilight between fully asleep and fully awake

    Time Exposure

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    It’s garbage day.

    I lead an expedition of cans and boxes to the curb.

    Watch this, says Orion, sliding down an arc toward the rim of the world.

    He flashes me from behind a wisp of cloud in a crystalline sky.
    Three stars in his belt and a nebula below. I am transfixed.
    I aim my camera at him, hoping to seize his grandeur.

    Light travels trillions of miles,
    Bends through glass,
    Pummels a shard of silicon.
    13 seconds.

    The screen reveals a pale shadow of what I have seen.
    As if ones and zeroes could capture what’s in my heart.
    It beats gratitude for the beauty of God’s creation.



    © 2013 Jock Elliott
     
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  2. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
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    Jock, I hesitate to post because I'm afraid my own words will take something away from your piece. But then I think how can I take anything away from Orion or his poet?

    This image along with your words is a great and exquisite gift. I bow to your interpretations of the heavens above and our lives below.
     
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  3. wt21

    wt21 SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 15, 2010
    Beautiful Jock.

    And is this snippet now the great frustration we all feel in digital photography?

    Do you have poetry online anywhere? Would love to read more.
     
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  4. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott SC All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY
    wt21,

    This is the first time that I have done something "poetical." I have written short non-fiction prose for over 40 years. I took the photo while taking out the garbage a few weeks ago, and the words literally came to me in the twilight space between fully asleep and fully awake this morning.

    I have written a 20-page book that combines photos with scripture and some of my story, but it is not poetry. It's available here: http://www.airgunsofarizona.com/blog/about-jock-elliott

    You don't have to give your email or sign in; just click to download. If you like it, feel free to share with others.

    Thank you for the very kind words.

    Cheers, Jock
     
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  5. wt21

    wt21 SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 15, 2010
    Thanks Jock. Downloaded and reading it now.
     
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  6. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
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    Planning on reading it later tonight or tomorrow morning. Many thanks, Jock.
     
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  7. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
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    Just finished reading and looking at your book, Jock. I remember The Brendan Voyage! Now I'm going to check out some of your other references - such as Jack Borden's site... The photographs you chose are beautiful, each a unique jewel never to be seen again. I, too, love the sky and am going to try to capture more of what I see above me. Many thanks for the wonderful images - just looking at them makes me feel lighter inside.
     
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  8. john m flores

    john m flores SC All-Pro

    Aug 13, 2012
    That was inspired and inspiring, Jock. Thx for sharing.
     
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  9. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott SC All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY
    Wow, I am frankly overwhelmed by the response.

    At least one more of these "photo-poems" has come to me in the middle of the night and is of a frankly "faith-based" nature. If anyone would like to see it, please send a private message to me, and we can make arrangements to email a pdf file to you.

    Again, thank you for the response.

    Cheers, Jock
     
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