Where I’m From

Appalachian poet George Ella Lyon’s “Where I’m From Poem” perfectly captures her cultural background through her descriptions of the people, places, objects, and events. The keywords and phrases used build the poem’s identity giving the reader a unique understanding of the speaker’s origins.

George Ella Lyon constructed her poem by listing keywords describing where she was from. Keywords are also an effective way to start a Shot List. Building the template around this she created her “Where I’m From” poem.

With my understanding, I have made a “Where I’m from” poem of my own. This poem will serve as a tool to help create my 30 second Digital Video.

I am from an empty fireplace,

from tall windows and rustling trees.

I am from crowded bookshelves and wooden floors.

I am from a place where the heat dries out the bird bath,

where the lizards feast on cicadas.

I am from an amazing view,

from paw prints in the house and dog hair on the rug,

I am from old Swahili books and African artwork.

The StoryTeller

Jeff Wall | The Storyteller | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Upon viewing the photograph, I instantly noticed the hill distinctly dividing into three sections: patchy grass, thick and vivid coloured grass, and stone under the bridge. The grey stone blending up into the bridge, then blending into the sky strongly contrasted the large dark pine trees along the other side of the image, creating a left and right division on the image.

The single perspective of the bridge creates a number of diagonal lines that, give the artwork depth and shadow. The powerlines cutting the image in two, left me to desire, what might be above, and what might be beyond the bridge.

The image was taking in Vancouver, the home of cinematographer Jeff Wall. Jeff Wall has been creating large scale photographs since the late 70s, constructing his photographs with elements of cinema and pop culture. Rather than replicating the moments, in addition Jeff Wall alters and changes visual elements as he pleases, allowing his meticulous craft to form visual narratives.  

Jeff Wall begins his photography by “not photographing”. Instead, he uses his memory to capture a significant event, upon gathering his resources he then stages the photography. He calls this his process as quoted in his San Francisco Museum of Modern Art interview.

Although not explicity communicated, The Storyteller is about the struggle and class division and… Honestly I personally don’t see it. However, Met Museum explores this further by stating:-

“the potential for cultural traditions to survive and contest historical amnesia, the homogenizing effects of the media, and the empty promises of technological progress”. 

I’m Paul and this is my sleepless blog! comment below and follow my Twitter.

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