Photography as visual poetry
by Susanne von Schroeder
About the Book
I believe there is a beauty beyond our sense perceptions, a beauty both profound and humbling, and I hope my photographs provide the viewer with an intimation, or reflection, of that beauty.
Mystical poetry is an important source of inspiration in my daily life. Poet saints such as Rumi and Hafiz speak about beauty and love in a way that transports me to a relam beyond words, lets me taste the divine - if only for a moment - and enables me to forget all worldly tribulations. So, it only seems natural for me to combine my photography with poetry, and very often it is as if the poem and image find each other in a magical way.
May this selection of photographs and poems lift your spirit and bring joy and healing into your life.
Thank you to Daniel Ladinsky for giving me permission to use his exquisite Hafiz renderings.
Photography allows me to see my surroundings in a fresh new way. Capturing the essence or soul of my subjects is a magical and transformative process. A deep connection to the oneness of life opens in these moments of total presence. Nature images are healing and life enhancing for me. Nature art touches me, speaks to me, takes my breath away, and ultimately lifts my spirit. My photographs have been shown at numerous locations throughout Wisconsin where I have lived for the past 25 years.