found art in red and grey, or does having a camera change the way you work?

Does having a camera change the way you work? Or even the way you think?  I had been watching this particular piece of found art for about a week, and wondering what, if anything, I had to say about it.  Could I put it in a story as a detail, or use it as an image to build some kind of analogy, or even (on a good day) a metaphor?  I even thought, briefly, of writing some kind of poetry, maybe a haiku.  Or would it be relegated to “weird thing I saw one time” status, not even good for an anecdote?  Because really, what could I say?

“One summer, somebody in the neighborhood left a red pen, probably a Pilot G2 or a knockoff,  in one of the black walnut trees, right where two branches met.“It was very hot, and the pen was open, point down, and over the course of about a week all the ink, the red ink, leaked out into the grey bark of the tree and soaked down the trunk in a thick coiled streak as long as the pen.“It’s amazing how much ink a G2 has in it.”

The words just don’t carry the weight here.  And it’s not really something you could draw.  Well, maybe you could, but I couldn’t.  It took two days before I remembered I had my camera in my shorts pocket because of my ongoing and futile quest to photograph the koi when I go to feed them.  Photographs and words make for a different artistic animal than drawings and words, the way I am used to using them.  Experimenting with this is … interesting.

(Hey, at least I’m not asking you to read the haiku.)

(all images © Pam Bliss)

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2 Responses to found art in red and grey, or does having a camera change the way you work?

  1. Wolfie says:

    Of course having a camera changes the way you think. When you see cool stuff like this, you think “Hey! I have a camera! I can take a picture of this!”
    Arf arf arf. On a serious note, I’d say something like it makes you more aware of detail, because you’re always subconsciously looking for things to take photos of.

  2. Pam Bliss says:

    I think that I was always subconsciously looking for things to take photos of, or rather, I was always seeing things and thinking that if I had a camera, I could take a photo of that and feeling bad that I couldn’t. Why I never made the leap of logical connection and, I dunno, *went out and bought a camera*, I have no idea. Probably because I still had that deep down identity as a film photographer that I would somehow be betraying if I went digital … it seems stupid now.

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