PICTURE 1000 WORDS
A Photo-Literary Collaboration Exploring the Power of Images to Inspire Written Creativity
What happens when a collection of writers are given a picture, a word limit and the freedom to see where an image can take them?
Playing on an old adage, Picture 1000 Words is a unique pictorial short story anthology that experiments with the process of writing while simultaneously celebrating an enigmatic collection of photographs by Cam Cope.
Thirteen writers have produced original, highly personalised 1000 word compositions that the reader explores together with the creative processes the authors have been through to write them. Does the reader see what the writer sees? Or do they find something else hidden in the visuals?
Intriguingly the authors were not told the real-world origins of the images before penning them. So where do they come from? To satisfy curiosity, Cope provides an index with the real world captions behind the photos so readers can see how far from the truth the pens did fall.
Authors included: Alice Allan, Andrew Bitfield, Jessie Cole, Rijn Collins, Brett Hamm, Kate Hennessy, Maryanne Khan, Louise Nicholls, Ashley Orr, Felicity Pickering, Holly Ringland, Luke Wright, and Aisling Smith.
Cam Cope is a travel and documentary photographer based in Melbourne. He is an associate member of the Australian Society of Travel Writers, a regular contributor to Get Lost Magazine and has published travel articles in The Big Issue, TravelTalk, Travel 3-Sixty and Backpackers Essentials. His documentary work has been published by Milk Magazine, Signals Journal (of the Australian National Maritime Museum), acquired for the permanent collection of the Melbourne Museum’s Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre, published in book format by Museum Victoria and exhibited widely. For more information visit: www.camcope.com.