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The World Is Your Canvas, by David Nicholas

The world is your canvas; the camera’s your eyes
To reveal Earth’s beauty with single press
Gives great power to incite, inspire or surprise
Lovely art I once didn’t value, I must confess.

The world is your canvas; portraits speak volumes
On how we feel, what we think, the exploits we’ve had
Proves we’re either complex or clearly consumed
By a myriad of problems, no more to add.

The world is your canvas; marvels by men past
Stretch for the skies like one glorious sight
These structural splendors will leave most aghast
Where one keen snap evokes tears of delight.

The world is your canvas; stories can be told
Of the needless cruelty of man’s choices
Crying child, war losses, or slaves being sold
Incites us to change, give these issues some voices.

The world is your canvas; the land is your paint
That spans across and beyond the horizon
To capture Nature’s vision, as blessed by saints
And express our Mother at her most wizened.

The world is your canvas; the sky is your friend
Let Gaia put on a showcase for you
Summer sunsets or fierce storms that descend
Await the quick thinkers with derring-do

The world is your canvas; now look past the skies
Gazing at the cosmic and beyond, engrossed
To see the heavens paint a picture before your eyes
I could just imagine that nothing comes close

The world is your canvas; get out there and explore
I give you my word you won’t be alone
For cameras shall click whether casual or hardcore
So go ahead, make this beautiful world your own.
Hooray, latest work of poetry! OMG MOAR POEMS! 

Perhaps second only to my love of writing lately has been photography, the process of capturing the world on camera and presenting it in ways to astound the audience. I know I've given my thoughts on dozens of photos in the past from some wonderful artists here on DA, especially those of sunsets, aurorae and other spectacular sights, each and every time having my breath taken away.

So, I present "photography" as the subject of my latest work! Here, I've aimed to cover different categories of photography from typical sizes to those ranging on a macro level, and hopefully my first foray into traditional four-line poetry (barring my extended ABCs) expresses that.

But hey, you be the judge. Big Fool Emoji-1 (Thumbs Up) [V2]  Whenever you've got the time or can make an effort, please leave behind some comments or even a critique if you like, you know, all that feedback stuff I crave. Happy snapping! PhotoPhenom avatar  
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Zarashi99 Featured By Owner Edited Apr 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What an astounding piece of poetry!
I must say that you did more than a great job to compose every stanza.
All words just fit right in and the meaning they bring out is wonderful.
True... "get out there and explore" :nod:
The world, bearing all these beauteous things, is art itself.

And I love the insertion of the mythic persona of Gaia in this poem.
I'm sorry I can't say more. But I just wanna state again that this is a truly wonderful composition
that sends a powerful, inspiring message.

Kudos to you!
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AussieDidge Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is the kind of feedback I wait for on my OWN pieces, so no, kudos properly belongs to you, friend. You're one of a rare few who've gone out there and told me what you REALLY thought about this piece and why.

Mother Nature, the universe and life itself is beautiful, they just beg to get photographed. Only thing missing is the person who knows enough about cameras to do the work. Rather than a thousand words, the very best photographers can express a novel in just one picture. :nod:

I'm really glad you found this inspiring, as that was what I was going for, and I'm glad you really enjoyed the piece from top to bottom. Thanks for stopping by, and thank you very much for the comment, once again. :)
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Zarashi99 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awww. :D

Now, that is so very true! A lot of us fail to notice that raw, untouched beauty Gaia offers every time. We tend to overlook them because we focus on what's trending, what's hot, what's popular or anything that most of the times, deviate from real art. Even the tiniest bits of weed can be art. Even dirt itself can be art. All it takes is that creative mind to paint them with meaning. :heart:

Yes! One single picture can send out that staggering message that may either incite joy, fear, longing or anything... which is why I really like seeing the work of photographers! And you, my friend, are one of them. Dang, just through this composition of yours, I already know that you are passionate about what you do. Not only do you have a way with shots, you also have a way with words. :)

You're very, very welcome. :nod: I had a great time reading your poem and I have to thank you for sharing these thoughts of yours to dA. 
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AussieDidge Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Well admittedly, it can be pretty easy to overlook certain aspects of nature because we may not have the equipment or knowledge to express it properly, and maybe also that people prioritise on what's most important to others. Let's face it, you're in your formative years where you could be a made man or woman of the crowd, or completely broken to tatters because you refused to follow the new trend and everyone just went against you. Forming your own identity has to be the hardest thing to do; hence why being an individual instead of being part of society takes more effort. :shrug:

Certainly, but I really can't see myself as a photographer just yet. When I think of people who are really into the craft and consistently deliver quality pictures, one person who immediately leaps to mind is Tommy Richardsen, Trichardsen. Seriously, I got one picture of his as my desktop wallpaper and there are several of his shots that could easily replace it. If I'm supposed to be good at that craft, that dude's a master by comparison. 

Besides, I'd much sooner see myself as a writer since I love the beauty of words more than I do the world itself. Of course, that could change at any moment. :nod:

Thanks again and I'm happy once again that you stopped by and took a look at my work. I've got plenty more in this folder right here: aussiedidge.deviantart.com/gal… , and plenty more further down the line. Hopefully you can stick around. :)
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Zarashi99 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What powerful words you have. :nod: Again, you have made many great points.
I'm sorry I can't say more. It's just that you have said every bit that I can think of ^^;

Imma check out Mr. Richardsen then ^_^ 
Sure, I'll be around and check out your other works on my much lengthier time and provide feedback as much as I can.

I hope you have a great day~! :wave:
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AussieDidge Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Words can be quite the weapons; the gleaming steel sword to brandish against the worst foes, or a simple sharp dagger to pierce the flesh of friend and foe alike, without them even noticing. :nod:

I promise you won't regret his work. Here's that desktop picture though, to get you started: Calling out by Trichardsen

Whenever you can, please do, it'd be much appreciated. If I can keep impressing you, hopefully you can let your friends know as well. :)

Thanks, and you as well! :D
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Zarashi99 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I totally agree. Like my country's national hero once said... "Pen is mightier than the sword."
Imma check it out now, my friend ^_^
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AussieDidge Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Amen... :nod:

Take care! :)
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Wazzule Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014
Wow, I love this idea! You expressed it very well! When I first saw this title I couldn't help but think of painting on a canvas, as I'm more of a painter (though digital) but there are some absolutely beautiful photos out there!
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AussieDidge Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, whether you're a painter or a photographer, the idea still rings true. The only difference is that with painting, your imagination becomes your world. Ideas whirl and swirl into a mash-up of wonderful ideas... Before you know it, you're relying on a morning coffee just to wake up. =p

...Sleep can wait, when you have a potentially game-changing idea just waiting to be expressed.

Photography makes you use your imagination on a world that's already given to you. Anyone can snap a shot; only the best can express a novel instead of a thousand words. :nod:

Thank you very much for the compliments and I must agree with you, I've seen some truly amazing shots over the years, and I'm bound to see more. :)
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Wazzule Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014
hahaha yes, what an amazing way to put it! Your imagination becomes your world... that is so true. I know my imagination can take over sometimes.
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AussieDidge Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That's the best part about being a writer... Having the words to express something in a meaningful way. Also gives me an excuse to read a book instead of watching whatever trash's on TV. (Then again, there's computers, so that kinda falls by the wayside... :iconuhohplz:)

Many of my works are written on the spur of the moment too, so I know the feeling. :nod:
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LadyMurasaki1 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
A really great concept - and from reading this poem I can tell you love photography!

Just a wee critique - I think 'men/man' could be replaced with something a bit more gender neutral? In my opinion, using 'men' to refer to the human race is a bit out-dated. However, I understand that 'men' would be better suited to fit into the overall rhythm of the poem.

My favourite stanza:
The world is your canvas; the sky is your friend
Let Gaia put on a showcase for you
Summer sunsets or fierce storms that descend
Await the quick thinkers with derring-do


I really love how this poem makes the photographer out to be some kind of god - it's fantastic! :D
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AussieDidge Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome comment, thank you very much! :D

About the critique though, I can see there'd be a bit of a gender issue involved, but with that choice of words, I was going more for "HU-man" than anything else. I'm certain there could be another word which describes exactly what I want and doesn't alter the rhythm, but I'm otherwise satisfied with how this work turned out. Thank you for pointing that out, though.

Yeah, my personal favourite is the second-last stanza I think, because I've seen some truly glorious photos of aurorae and night skies that simply astound me, for lack of a better description. One person in particular, that I should mention, is Tommy Richardsen, who you can find here. :icontrichardsen: 

Words can't describe how gorgeous his photography is, so go check it out for yourself. I promise you won't be disappointed. :nod:

Yes, as a picture tells a thousand words, and captures the essence of what makes the world beautiful, I'd say photographers being gods, while a little bit of an exaggeration, isn't too far from the truth, either. I know I've seen some stunning pictures, and I hope to contribute to them in my own way someday.

Thank you so much once again for the amazing comment, it's been a pleasure! Take care! :wave:
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abou123 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014
This was absolutely beautiful!
As a photography 1 student in High School despite being a senior, this is really empowering!
Again, great job!
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AussieDidge Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Much appreciated, and I'm glad you found some great meaning in the words I wrote. Even better when it really hits home as a photography student or practitioner.

Many thanks and good luck with your studies!

AussieDidge. :wave:
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abou123 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014
Thanks, and good luck in all that you do.
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AussieDidge Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Cheers, and thank you. :)
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