Calling photographs “poetic” has its dangers. Some words have been hijacked and are difficult to set free again. “Beauty”, for example, seems to exist mostly in advertisement and or in combination with the female form. As in beauty pageant.
The same has, unfortunately, happened to “poetic” and “lyrical”, too.
If one searches the internet for terms like “poetic photography” one often first gets to the sites of wedding photographers. “Poetic” there translates sometimes into a look like a wedding cake with too much cream. One can even see that there is too much sugar as well.(more…)