The Wee Sparrow Poetry Press is thrilled to launch a creative collaboration with photographer and Fellow of the British Institute of Professional Photography, Mike Curry, for his forthcoming book, "Fleeting Reflections II". Mike´s book is a collection of straight from camera shots which are not manipulated in Photoshop at all but are just reflections of buildings in water located at Canary Wharf in London.
In 2017, Mike published "Fleeting Reflections" , also a collection of unedited photos taken at Canary Wharf. Mike says of his first collection, “The sense of energy at Canary Wharf is palpable; it´s not a place that is often associated with quiet contemplation. Yet pausing for a moment reveals real beauty and softness alongside the corporate architecture; the patterns and colours can be mesmerizing like a kaleidoscope as they change with the light and weather. With so much activity all around, capturing these colourful images requires a focus that isn´t immediately obvious to passers-by; I can spend hours at a time examining one body of water, waiting for something out of the ordinary. I sometimes think I might be the only person who is still among the crowd. The more I stand and watch the more I see, yet the more I look the more I notice that “looking” is futile, it´s more about feeling and anticipating.
The images in this book are inspired by my childhood fascinations with kaleidoscopes and Spirograph and being captivated by the endless variation of colours and shapes you could create. The photos may seem like they have been manipulated or created in Photoshop but they appear in this book as they did for me while capturing them, as beautiful fleeting reflections.”
On discussion with Mike about which form of poetry would best accompany four of his photographs in “Fleeting Reflections II”, we agreed that haiku would be perfect as this form captures a fleeting moment and evokes images through words.
The contest will be judged by Mike and the winning poets will have their poem published in this collection and will also receive a copy of the book.
Read the winning poems below.
You can pre-order a copy of Mike´s book here