Under the word "Poetography" the poet and photographer Khaled Youssef combines poetry with photography in a unique manner. He combines his own photographs with his own poetry, or poetic prose from poets he admires or knows personally.
This innovative form of art that combines photography and writing grew out of his love for both these artistic and literary disciplines. Poetry has a magical quality to dive deep into our soul and awaken our imaginations. Photography freezes a moment in time and preserves the epic of life in the everyday. The words are left brain. The images are right brain. Combining photography and poetry adds up to a powerful catalyst for creative thinking.
Poetry is often rich in metaphors while photography implies a direct visual process. Thus "Poetography" leads us to address a very different way of reading a poem and of perceiving an image. Subtly it shifts us, expels us from our routine ways of seeing, and projects us into a deeper aesthetic. The language enriched by the vivacity and wit of the authors, is dense and authentic. The image enlightened by its visual message, is true and deep.
The poems have a universal appeal. The images appeal to our personal emotions. The meanings in words and images are perceived differently. Finding the metaphors that synergize together and bridging these gaps belong to the discovery of "Poetography" ‒ such as an invitation to celebrate the added dimension that poetry brings to photography, or vice-versa.