Easy-to-follow video tutorials help you learn software, creative, and business skills.Become a member

A poetic approach to viewing photographs

From: Narrative Portraiture: On Location in Texas with Keith Carter

Video: A poetic approach to viewing photographs

Keith Carter: Going back to our earlier conversation, well, what makes you look at a picture more than once, that kind of thing, in the early days of poetry, things were always orated because nobody could read. So it would be the priest or the tribal elder or what have you who would orate, and poems were read three times. The first, it was just like that. It went one place, here, and the second time you heard it, like a song, it goes here, and the third time you heard it, it kind of infuses your whole body.

A poetic approach to viewing photographs

Keith Carter: Going back to our earlier conversation, well, what makes you look at a picture more than once, that kind of thing, in the early days of poetry, things were always orated because nobody could read. So it would be the priest or the tribal elder or what have you who would orate, and poems were read three times. The first, it was just like that. It went one place, here, and the second time you heard it, like a song, it goes here, and the third time you heard it, it kind of infuses your whole body.

I think that's the same with some photographs. I mean sometimes you look at it and it's wonderful. You look at it second time, oh my god, that's really wonderful, or the third time, that's devastating. Or it just don't work at all, like bad poems. Chris Orwig: I enjoyed hearing Keith talk a little bit about how he finds these comparisons between poetry, writing, and photography, and there is one thing in particular that struck a chord with me. He was talking about poetry.

He referred back to this idea that in the history of poetry, the poems were given three times. First, it was to communicate something to the head, second to the heart, and third to just infuse the entire body with that content. As I thought about that, it made me reflected upon how I view and appreciate photographs. So often in our modern age we are looking at images on a web site. Click, click, click we go through pictures, or maybe we are viewing a portfolio on an iPad, flip, flip, flip one picture to another, or in a magazine.

The beauty of magazines is that you see an image and it's a surprise and you flip the page to see what the next surprise is, and you keep flipping and flipping. Keith, on the other hand, he has a slower, more poetic approach. You can tell that he looks at his photographs with that perspective of looking at them almost three times: the head, the heart, and then the entirety of who he is. And that challenged me. It challenges me to think about how do I approach my own work, and how can I change my own work habits not just to slow down for slowness sake, but rather just to kind of savor those pictures.

It's like food, say a good meal. The food has been prepared and cooked and all your friends have showed up and you take that little first bite, and you savor it. You soak it up. Now, I think to get good at photography, to follow in the footsteps of someone like Keith, It requires that approach: the head, the heart, and the entirety of who we are.

Show transcript

This video is part of

Start learning today

Get unlimited access to all courses for just $25/month.

Become a member
Sometimes @lynda teaches me how to use a program and sometimes Lynda.com changes my life forever. @JosefShutter
@lynda lynda.com is an absolute life saver when it comes to learning todays software. Definitely recommend it! #higherlearning @Michael_Caraway
@lynda The best thing online! Your database of courses is great! To the mark and very helpful. Thanks! @ru22more
Got to create something yesterday I never thought I could do. #thanks @lynda @Ngventurella
I really do love @lynda as a learning platform. Never stop learning and developing, it’s probably our greatest gift as a species! @soundslikedavid
@lynda just subscribed to lynda.com all I can say its brilliant join now trust me @ButchSamurai
@lynda is an awesome resource. The membership is priceless if you take advantage of it. @diabetic_techie
One of the best decision I made this year. Buy a 1yr subscription to @lynda @cybercaptive
guys lynda.com (@lynda) is the best. So far I’ve learned Java, principles of OO programming, and now learning about MS project @lucasmitchell
Signed back up to @lynda dot com. I’ve missed it!! Proper geeking out right now! #timetolearn #geek @JayGodbold
Share a link to this course

What are exercise files?

Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course. Save time by downloading the author's files instead of setting up your own files, and learn by following along with the instructor.

Can I take this course without the exercise files?

Yes! If you decide you would like the exercise files later, you can upgrade to a premium account any time.

Become a member Download sample files See plans and pricing

Please wait... please wait ...
Upgrade to get access to exercise files.

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Learn by watching, listening, and doing, Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along Premium memberships include access to all exercise files in the library.


Exercise files

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

For additional information on downloading and using exercise files, watch our instructional video or read the instructions in the FAQ.

This course includes free exercise files, so you can practice while you watch the course. To access all the exercise files in our library, become a Premium Member.

Are you sure you want to mark all the videos in this course as unwatched?

This will not affect your course history, your reports, or your certificates of completion for this course.


Mark all as unwatched Cancel

Congratulations

You have completed Narrative Portraiture: On Location in Texas with Keith Carter.

Return to your organization's learning portal to continue training, or close this page.


OK
Become a member to add this course to a playlist

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses—and create as many playlists as you like.

Get started

Already a member?

Become a member to like this course.

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses.

Get started

Already a member?

Exercise files

Learn by watching, listening, and doing! Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along. Exercise files are available with all Premium memberships. Learn more

Get started

Already a Premium member?

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Ask a question

Thanks for contacting us.
You’ll hear from our Customer Service team within 24 hours.

Please enter the text shown below:

The classic layout automatically defaults to the latest Flash Player.

To choose a different player, hold the cursor over your name at the top right of any lynda.com page and choose Site preferencesfrom the dropdown menu.

Continue to classic layout Stay on new layout
Exercise files

Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.

Mark videos as unwatched

Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.

Control your viewing experience

Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.

Interactive transcripts

Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.

Are you sure you want to delete this note?

No

Your file was successfully uploaded.

Thanks for signing up.

We’ll send you a confirmation email shortly.


Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

Keep up with news, tips, and latest courses with emails from lynda.com.

Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

   
submit Lightbox submit clicked
Terms and conditions of use

We've updated our terms and conditions (now called terms of service).Go
Review and accept our updated terms of service.