Call them memes, call them motivational posters, call them whatever, but I’m drawn to them. Not the dark or snarky photos. Snark is so easy to do, which is why so many people do it. But I enjoy photography and words that compliment each other.
As I’ve written about before, when I compose a photograph I’m sometimes thinking of a painting or music or poetry. Often that poetry is from the Bible. This isn’t just because I am a Christian; the Hebrew and Christian bibles are filled with some of the most wonderful poetry and prose known to Man, and in a good poetic translation such as the King James, its magical. “And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters” is a line anyone would love to write. At least I would have. And they are quotable; as atheist Christopher Hitchens pointed out in one of the last essays he wrote before his death, “Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward” is perfect for Twitter.
Here’s what I’ve come up with so far. Feel free to download and use them, but please give credit to A Taste For The Woods. These aren’t perfect, but as I gain experience using an editing program – I have Picassa, which is free – they will improve.