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Not all those who wander are lost.
[J.R.R. Tolkien]

 
A couple of thousand years ago, the Roman lyric poet Horace said “A picture is a poem without words.”
For me, this defines how I feel about photography, and about why I take pictures.

A poem takes time to write. The poet crafts his thoughts into carefully chosen, melodic words, like a song without music. The words carry the reader from one thought to the next, through the mind of the poet – sometimes softly, sometimes with a torrent of emotion, but always with careful artistry. A poem is designed to speak to the soul – to the heart as well as the mind.

A picture can say so many things without words. It can speak the views of the artist. It can convey emotion. It can be a breath of fresh air, or a bit of calm in a hectic day. It can rally to a cause. It can be the voice of reason, the conscience of a people, the defining moment in history. It can say, Look. Stop. Look again. Question. Listen. Believe. Go. Discover. Wonder. Slow down. Love. Cry. Feel. Appreciate.

You don’t need words to write your poem to the world. A picture is enough.