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People Pictures: 30 Exercises for Creating Authentic Photographs by Chris Orwig

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6. Poetry and Pictures

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Moments after bodysurfing, father and son sit quietly on their local Costa Rican beach. There is a bond between these two that is genuine and strong. The placid intensity of their gaze resonates with poetic truth.

Canon 5DMii, 70–200mm lens, f/3.5

THE BEST POEMS take an ordinary idea and make it meaningful. That’s why good poetry can be as lavish as a castle or as simple as an old wooden barn. As I mentioned in my previous photography book, Visual Poetry, poetry and photography run along parallel paths. Poets and photographers work with limited means. Whether is the brevity of words or the four sides of the frame, both disciplines ...

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