Photo Poem - She Walks in Beauty
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Photo Poem - She Walks in Beauty

How else to describe this image if not with a 200-year-old poem. There is a movement about the bride, darkness and mystery, the bright illumination from behind, shades, grace, gaze, beauty, softness, calmness, eloquence, and love. All of the beautiful words framed so elegantly by the poet are visually present in this masterpiece of a photograph by Michael Greenberg.

Read it, then look at the picture. It's unreal! Michael didn't know this poem when he shot this image, but he was guided by the same force that drives all artists - communication of something meaningful. In this case, he was portraying the idea of femininity and the beauty within.

In the end, the poet and photographer hundreds of years apart are trying to say the same thing. In my opinion, It's just remarkable. - Tally Greenberg


She walks in beauty like the night

Of cloudless climes and starry skies,

And all that's best of dark and bright

Meet in her aspect and her eyes;

Thus mellowed to the tender light

Which heaven to gaudy day denies.


One ray the more, one shade the less

Had half impaired the nameless grace

Which waves in every raven tress

Or softly lightens o'er her face,

Where thoughts serenely sweet express

How pure, how dear their dwelling place.


And on that cheek and o'er that brow

So soft, so calm yet eloquent,

The smiles that win, the tints that glow

But tell of days in goodness spent

A mind at peace with all below,

A heart whose love is innocent.


Byron, Lord. "She Walks in Beauty" 100 Best-Loved Poems, edited by Philip Smith, Dover, 1995, p. 33.

Published

Pollock, W. "Take it Easy". Professional Photographers of America Inc. vol. 142. NO. 2432. January 2015: 86-88, 90. Print.

Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

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