Ciampi 1 0Francesca Ciampi English 1101 Mrs.

Caruso 1 November 2011 Transformation From Photograph to Poem Artists are very proud of their artwork, as they should be, as producing any type of art is arduous. Sadly, sometimes an idea behind a piece of artwork gets lost because that is the only type of artwork or genre an artist knows how to do profitably or successfully. This has occurred with a photograph taken by a local artist, Jeff Miller. Even though the photograph is visually appealing, the idea behind the work is lost because it does not effectively translate the artists’ emotions to the viewer. The recreation has been made from a photograph to a poem and the idea behind the photograph is now translated much clearer to the reader. Before the transformation occurred, the genre was a photograph taken by Jeff Miller, a photographer from Western North Carolina. Before examining Jeff Millers photograph, one must first recall on the purpose of a photograph in the first place. A photograph is used to catch an image in time and help a viewer interpret a common setting into something more meaningful. Jeff Millers photograph catches an image in time very well but lacks in the area of helping the reader interpret life in a different way then the run-of-the-mill. The photograph taken by Jeff Miller is an image of nine trees slightly fading into the distance and one very large tree all experiencing the fall tradition of their leaves changing and falling while turning wild hues of orange, green and red. The main purpose of this photograph is to evoke change upon the viewers in the season of fall with a fall resolution; however, this idea is not prevalent to the everyday

Ciampi 2 viewer. Similar to the well-known annual New Years Resolution, a fall resolution is to be made every fall season when the leaves begin to change and eventually fall. The fall resolutions in the new poem range from amusing to life threatening, unlike the photograph where there are no examples at all. Even though, this is an extreme case of personifying, the choice to represent each tree in the “Fall Resolution” poem gives people the much-needed boost to change during the year around autumn, when the New Years resolutions are long gone. After all, primary, secondary and furthering education schools begin in the early fall right before the leaves change. This seems like a wonderful time for a life adjustment because certainly parents’ lives change in the fall as well. Parents wake up earlier, get their kids ready for school and take them before work, opposed to summer, in which, they do not take their children to school in the morning. This is just one example of how an adults’ life can change in the fall, and change always leaves room for a positive adjustment. Children and teenagers are also given the opportunity to make alterations to their lives beginning with autumn. With school beginning, comes the opportunity to buy school supplies. Every year, many students vow to become more organized, including college students. This applies to the “Fall Resolution” poem because each tree has a human trait that they want to change, when their leaves change. Although the poem is fictional and unrealistic, the purpose of the poem is for the readers to become inspired to apply fall resolutions to their own lives. This poem can be applied to the readers life by deciding on a resolution of choice, whether it be easy or seemingly impossible and striving towards that change for as long as possible or forever. There is a form of alliteration in this poem in a stanza about Amur Flame. Alliteration is included once and only once for the reason that it boosts the emotion of the reader while improving the visual picture as well. The decision of whether to use a rhyme scheme or not was

Ciampi 3 a tough decision. Adding rhyme to a poem typically keeps the reader more entertained, however using a free verse poem with no rhyming was more appropriate so the trees were not connected to each other. Having each tree be independent from one another show the reader that a fall resolution and can be made in any situation and does not need to be in conjunction with others. For example: if one were to recreate the photograph as a short story, one would be forced to associate each tree with one another to help the short story flow. Using poetry gives the opportunity to the reader to see different circumstances of people in the world without being associated with one another. Nobody is perfect; therefore this poem applies to everyone. The audience of this poem may be anyone but it is most directly fixed towards those needing inspiration. The beautiful summer weather is fading away, and what fades with the weather may be motivation to better ones self, especially with swim season ending. The photographs audience was very limited as a photograph while being displayed inside a bistro. The only viewers were the customers of the restaurant and the employees. Changing the genre of the photograph to a poem was necessary because a poem may be published anywhere with just the title and writer being displayed; a photograph would have to be printed on a screen or canvas and sold to viewers. Opposed to a photograph, a poem is much easier to find on the Internet with keywords from the poem. While beginning a process to recreate a photograph into a different genre one must first decide upon the way to represent the idea most efficiently and clearly. A poem is a perfect way to symbolize a photograph because there are many chances to use imagery. After determining what type of genre one will be faced with the dozens of types of poems, such as: haiku, free verse, and acrostic. A free verse poem best embodies the missed ideas of the photograph because there are many trees to be described independently and a free verse offers to chance to write

Ciampi 4 without linking the stanzas directly. After deciding upon the type of poem one must research trees that change in the fall, how and what colors. Each tree was chosen because it reminds the reader of a scenario a person may be in. There are nine stanzas; each stanza exemplifies a different type of tree, scientific name, age, and most importantly problem and fall resolution. The difficulties of choosing to personify each tree were the limitations of the names. The names of the trees had to be interpreted into a human with a problem or bad habit. This is not an easy task and requires a lot of creativity. There are ten trees in the picture but the poem only represents nine. The poem really only needed nine stanzas to get the point across and any more trees would be overkill to the reader. There is a fine line between clarifying the readers understanding of the poem and over explaining. Despite the difficulties, this poem was well worth the effort put into it because it represents all aspects of the picture; such as: multiple trees that are non- related, the colors of the photograph and the idea of change. A benefit of recreating this photograph as a poem, that one might not have realized, was the opportunity to choose from several different types of poems. This was a large advantage over the photograph because there are only a few types of paper a photograph may be printed on; there are about thirty or more different forms of poems. Having this chance to choose exactly how the poem to looked visually, adds to the uniqueness of the genre. A photograph of trees in the fall may only be replicated in small amount of ways. A poem, however, may have different word choice, form, and purpose. A photograph may be taken from different angles but is always up for a different interpretation. With a poem, the writer has the advantage of using word choice to get a specific idea across or also leave an idea open for interpretation. Choosing to recreate Jeff Millers photograph, as a poem was a decision based on many valid reasons, such as: more direct interpretation of the meaning, imagery, and a much larger and

Ciampi 5 varied audience. By taking advantage of the qualities of a poem, there has been a successful recreation of Jeff Miller’s photograph into nine stanzas representing what Jeff Miller wanted the viewer to interpret. Jeff Miller should not change his profession, however, in this case, poetry suited this idea much more efficiently and clearly then a photograph could ever achieve.

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