photographic short form poetry
Over the past year, I've become enthralled with using social media as a platform for dispersing short form poetry. For me the aesthetics of this 'ALL CAPS' writing style was very appealing, and the construction of phrases became a very fluid part of my daily life. I often use these writings as the distillation of experiences that would typically be shared in a few sentences, but instead is communicated in 2-3 words or characters. I enjoy the sense of flexibility and playfulness in language that is communicable with the use of such concisely coded phrases.
This work acts as a form of satire and social commentary to address issues in various subjects ranging from politics, pop culture, and the current state of language via the use of web slang, abbreviation, humor, and word association. This work poses questions about the elasticity of meaning based on the variations of contextual relationships between words.
I am releasing this work as a conceptually driven photographic project because these writings act as memory links to thoughts and circumstances I've experienced in my life. When I read these phrases, my mind is flooded with visual imagery –in this sense, they act photographically in nature. This too takes place in the minds of other readers, but in a more subjective manner. We all associate with words differently based on our backgrounds and experiences. I'm interested in how creating this work affects my memory, and the minds of others who consume these phrases.
**This work manifests in the form of digital photographic prints, created via the screen capturing and resizing of textual images in a series of systematic steps —creating colorful block phrases, from what are seemingly plain black words in writing documents.
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