Calm Carl


Phoetry was inspired by the idea of showing you the moon that I saw in my real world, the moon that soothed, calmed and stopped my self-loathing, sad and anxious mind and allowed me to sleep.

A power so strong that I can bring it to mind when ‘She’ is not visible because of a poem I wrote when I was desperate for Her help called ‘Tranquility’.

Combining imagery and poetry isn’t new but at the time I thought of nothing else and spent hours every day for a week trying to create what was in my mind.

I can ‘hear’ poems I have come across when I see the connected image, proving to me that it does the job of putting the feelings and words into your mind with an emotional, pictorial reminder.

The concept is to accentuate poetry with imagery.

In my mind the rules/parameters are fluid but in the first instance I thought that it should be one photo for one poem in a static series with the poem embedded in the image because I am old and think that is how it should be done, like the one about the two wolves or the last tree, or the unknown soldier…then I remembered that it was 2021 and I should look forward and also be in the present so I will move the goalposts according to the poem.

Phoetry had parameters during that week, it must have:

One image taken by the poet that accentuated the poem’s inspiration or drive without leading the reader away from the words and their drive and inspirational qualities yet was beautiful or interesting to look at when the words weren’t there.

Make the words on screen match the vocal performance of the poem in all of their attributes while connecting to the image.

The words were easy to read.

After much learning I achieved my goal.

“Phoetry! It’s a photo inspired by a poem…or a poem inspired by a photo with a vocal rendition by one person…. the poet…No! It doesn’t have to be one person, anyone can do it or 2 or 3, one person could be inspired and do it themselves or collaborate…it doesn’t matter. As long as the poem’s ‘raison d’etre’, the poem’s ‘soul’ is intact and the imagery doesn’t overwhelm the words then it can be any combination. It could be different photos or the same photo with different treatments.”

Me, after the fourth day of sticking within the self-enforced parameters.

Phoetry is a word, a combination of two ways of capturing a moment in time that allows connections between us.

I’m enjoying the process, I hope you do too.

Not a BOY and a dolphin

The idea of Phoetry inspired me and I hope it inspires those that engage with it.

The first picture is of a boy and a dolphin that I have visited, on average, once a year from 1975.

The statue is that of a woman and a dolphin. I only acknowledged/noticed this 2 or 3 years ago.

It is by the River Thames at Tower Bridge. Its presence inspires me to live, to create, to believe in beauty, to harness the beauty of nature and flow in positivity. I go to where it is when I am gloriously happy, suicidal or if I’m showing someone my favourite parts of London.

I put myself into the statue and become a boy riding/flying along with my friend. Our minds are beautiful and I hope this inspires you in some way.

The second picture I took after I found out it was a woman and a dolphin. This inspires me too.

Not a BOY and a dolphin

cover image from the collection