I began experimenting with film photography during the pandemic, first using my mom's old Polaroid Sun 600 and later purchasing a Polaroid Now. Feeling stuck in a poetry rut and stifled by my attempts at recreating familiar forms (predominantly sonnet and sestina), exploring visual arts allowed me to seek form in the natural world. I often find that these forms are an organized kind of chaos that intrinsically appeals to me. Months before discovering the joy of making photos, Conscious Blue was born. Months later, I was thrilled: so many of the photos I had made (or would make) mirrored poems I had written for my chapbook (or soon would write). I'm a firm believer that my inner world will always reflect my outer world, and vice versa. As a human being and artist, I compartmentalize my work in these mediums just the same: photography is my outer world and poetry is my inner world. Both inform the other in a constant conversation - whether consciously or subconsciously. I hope readers and viewers will see and feel the connection between Conscious Blue and these Polaroid photos.
"Beach No. 3" | "Pastoral" | "Empty Sky" | "Beach No. 1" | "Daisy" | "Commuter Lot Sunset" | "Beach No. 2" "The Lakehouse" | "In the Cul-de-Sac" | "House Study" | "Driving Home" | "Dead End with Zucchini (Pandemic Still Life)" | "As Above" | "No Trespassing" | "Finally a Happy Ending"
. . . And then my dad gifted me his Nikkormat, circa 1970-something, and I officially fell in love with what light can do. I hope to experiment with shadow, reflection, and texture for a long time.
All images: © Veronica Schorr 2020-2022