News from Shutter Hub; and an invitation to submit photographs.
‘We’re really excited to let you know that we are launching Shutter Hub Editions in 2021, our new publishing house. Shutter Hub Editions will be creating a collection of beautiful printed publications, featuring themed and solo books for people who love photography to collect. We’d like to invite you to be a part of our first edition, which we want to fill with your images around the theme of poetry.’
‘While we’re not asking for actual written poems, we’d like you to think about things you see that are comparable to poems – images that express your feelings and ideas. We’ve all had so much to process, adapt to and take action on in recent months – we’d like this to be an opportunity for you to concentrate on work that gives you some respite, salve for your eyes and mind. We want to bring photographers together in print to present a publication that people can hold in their hands and spend time delving into for a moment of calm escapism.’
‘We want to explore poetry in all its connotations and bring them together in beautiful printed pages. What does poetry mean to you? … 100 images will be selected for inclusion in the book. You can enter single images or a short series of images, up to 6 images can be entered per photographer.’
I’ve submitted four pictures. I’ve explained my approach as follows:
Poetry and photography both have the magical ability to stir our imaginations and emotions through form, rhythm, imagery and allegory. Words and light create worlds that take our minds to new places beyond the everyday, enable us to see, not to merely look. My photographs explore the essence of the poetic voice and its subjects. Venice 2008 and Tate Britain 2019 capture the idea of rhythm, through the movement of figures in space, and a sense of mystery, otherness, through the anonymity of those figures. Apollino 2020 and The Olympian Courtship 2020 embody the themes of love, beauty and innocence and honour our debt to the poetry of the classical world.