Semi-colons are funky sister-in-laws

If you pursue creative expression, beginnings are what you crave.  The title of my blog is photographic punctuation. Its notion began in the photograph of one of my favourite photographers – Michael Kistler. He has a beautiful photograph entitled – because punctuation just confuses things. Being a lover of words and a lover of images, this hit me. Punctuation. In a way, that is what photography is. It is life captured and punctuated. It provides or places visually full stops, question marks, exclamation marks and and nearly always – ellipsis (those three dots that tell us things are unfinished); it is visual intonation.

At home, one Friday night, late and after a little wine, I began work on the photo below. It is a simple shot. A person passing by. With a little sliding in Lightroom, the final rendition was posted to Flickr. Once uploaded, the subject reminded me of an exclamation mark (I am not sure if the little wine I had consumed contributed to this). From that came the title and from that came this little ditty:

Commas, not unlike under-fed cousins, are to be avoided if uncertainty arises. Full stops are to be known as periods; periods as full stops. Semi-colons are funky sister-in-laws, lewd, in undressed tights; ready to be resisted. Exclamations marks are not indelible, but caution is advised. Capitalise correctly at all times. 
Photographic punctuation is not disguised. Kiss it!

And from that a whole series of images began. A series I am still pursuing.  And here it is – number 6 in a week of my some of my personal favourites. 


photographic punctuation

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