Ecphrasis

(ek-fray-sis)

This is currently my favorite photo. I was coming back from a dive in Bonaire on the last day of my trip. This little guy appeared out of nowhere and unfurled his tentacles. Isn't he beautiful? Photo Credit: Liz Summit, 2016

This is currently my favorite photo. I was coming back from a dive in Bonaire on the last day of my trip. This little guy appeared out of nowhere and unfurled his tentacles. Isn't he beautiful? Photo Credit: Liz Summit, 2016

As a writer, I love to describe what I see. I use photography as a form of research to make sure I don't forget things I want to capture in words later. In poetry, that's called ecphrasis: yoking word and image. It's something I've always been excited about (plus it's a really cool word!). 

I'm an avid amateur photographer, particularly when I travel, dragging two or three cameras with me wherever I go. I use images as a starting point for my writing: what do I see? And then, how can I take it further?  

Although my goal is to capture these images in words later, sometimes, my photos rebel by telling their own stories! Check out their work and story lines here. You can read a little bit about each photo by hovering over the image. 

I've also included a few action shots my friends have taken of me so you can see me at work and play!

Photo Geek Gallery

Interested in more?

You can find my work on Instagram and on Smugmug where I go by the handle Urban Sea Star!