Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Radio Interview

I had a pleasant surprise/experience today. I was interviewed by blogtalk radio about my photography and poetry. The 30 minute segment is archived and can be heard at:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/multiplearts/2012/11/21/mario-cerroni--artist-photographer-poet

Listen in and find out a little more about me, my photography, and my poetry. A special thanks to Liana Voia for conducting the interview. Liana also filmed 3 segements that will be uploaded to YouTube over the next few days. I'll keep you posted :)


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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

When pigments of love remain

It's been awhile since I posted! So I'll just jump right in...

 [ f/10, 1/80, 62mm, ISO 400 ]

  When pigments of love remain 

 whether it's you 
or the memories of you

that have dissolved

the result remains the same

yet
my heart persists

scraping the flakes
 that linger still
into a wooden bowl

where they will wait

until becoming the pigment
that paints the day

when love can be renewed

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Sunday, August 26, 2012

if leaves were instruments


The photo below is NOT a composite or a creation of Photoshop. It was taken this past Friday in Wakefield, Quebec where various trees were decorated with assorted objects celebrating an art and music festival. This particular tree had a number of musical instruments hanging among its limbs. I always thought that I could hear the trees singing in the forest. Now I see they can have accompaniment too :)

[ f/9, 1/100, 70mm, ISO 200 ]

if leaves were instruments

if leaves were instruments
then all the trees
would sound their majesty
with each and every breath of wind

their songs
would echo in the forest
race down our urban streets

where we would welcome
background music

and lullabyes
with which to sleep

*

it is to hear
their gentle songs
that i open windows
when upon my bed

hear leaves rustling
sending comfort
in their embrace

and there i dream
escaping torments
big and small

with worries lost
in soothing sounds
of nature's perfect instruments

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Sunday, August 12, 2012

after the dawn

I took this photo just after dawn while camping at Bonnechere River Provincial Park. My wife and I were joined for a few days by my daughter and her children. On this day my grand-daughters were, as usual, up early and we took our morning coffee down to the water and pleasantly watched the day begin. The girls, of course, were as eager to explore as ever.

[ f/9, 1/500, 16mm, ISO 200 ]

after the dawn

after the dawn
i watched you
pick your way among the stones

revelled in your delight
at what lay ahead

i couldn't stop a smile

at how your little follower
studies the stones you step on

learning which to avoid

how wonderful
this apprenticeship of companions

sisters
cementing the bond of comfort

well before the storms
that everyone endures

before the dusk arrives


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Sunday, July 29, 2012

a story incomplete


This photo was taken inside the Balaclava Mill located in Renfrew County in Eastern Ontario. It is a wonderful old structure no longer in operation and in danger of falling into the river that once powered it. Inside there is evidence of old workplaces and of the workers that must have toiled long hours there.

[ f/22, 1/5, 14mm, ISO 200 ]

the story incomplete

there was lots
that i found
long after you had moved on

but most pieces
were broken

and whatever use 
or beauty they once held
remains forever as incomplete 
as the untold story
you left behind

i like to think
that perhaps you found love

and that you looked back warmly
at the long hours you toiled

and remembered how you held 
then shaped each piece so fondly

as you peered out the window
smiling at how the memory of her
filled your working days

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Sunday, July 22, 2012

The sacrifice

I took this photo at the war musuem in Ottawa. It is hard to visit a place like that and not wonder about the sacrifices that people make - both those that go off to war, and those that remain behind in hope. To a mother that has lost a child, what value is there in a memorial?  Hard thoughts to ponder, with no easy answers...

[ f/6.3, 1/160, 44mm, ISO 800 ]

sacrifice

how much light 
will need to shine
before we allow 
women in all places 
to bear sons and daughters 

 instead of soldiers 

 and sacrifices 
too often glorified?


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Sunday, July 15, 2012

A crowd to hide in

I took this photo at Dick Bell Park in Ottawa, at the sailing club. Drawn by all the sail boats clustered together, and the various sparks of colour that jump out at you. I hope you like both the photo and the poem it inspired :)

[ f/9, 1/400, 70mm, ISO 200 ]
  
A crowd to hide in


in the crowd
you choose to hide in

no matter how much
you think you shrink away

indistinguishable 
from those around you

there will always be something
unique about you

ready to announce
to anyone who wants to see

and though you might
try to hide it

i can always find
that part of you

that shines for me

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Friday, July 6, 2012

i hear the music still

This beautiful little country church is in Rockingham Ontario, in the Renfrew County area. It was a delight to come across it and to see that we were able to get inside. The church has not been used for worship for a number of years. A local group is trying to raise funds for maintenance and restoration. I hope that you like both the photo and the poem that accompanies it.

[ f/11, 0.8 sec, 24mm, ISO 200 ]

i hear the music still

i hear the music playing still
the voices raised in unison

hopes and dreams upon the wind
rise above the world we toil within

all the while the air does tremble
with expectation

hearts and spirits raised
in exultation

and yet we're left to endless ponder

where does the permanence of faith reside
why must our values so often wander

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Friday, June 29, 2012

every woman has her own poem

Once again, the venue for this photo is Andrew Hayden Park in Ottawa, just as the sunset called everyone to stop and watch her glory unfold. A late spring night, a woman watching the colours of the setting sun, and of course a poem :)


[ f/6.3, 1/800, 32mm, ISO 800 ]

each woman has her own poem


each and every woman
has her own poem

though not all the verses
will end in rhyming couplets

perhaps you'll think it's just another tired line

but if this is your poem

then please 
forgive the dissonance

from my inability to rhyme

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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Desire is a 2 way street

Sometimes I find street reflections intriguing - the way they seem to show two different worlds, running parallel with each other. This photo, which I took in the Ottawa ByWard Market area, sparked a sense of differing worlds, co-existing and yet almost colliding with each other's view of reality. I hope you like both the photo and the poem that accompanies it.

[ f/8, 1/200, 35mm, ISO 800 ]
street views


like the magazines
might persuade them

the young girls
and even ladies
do look at you
and harbour dreams
of glamour

then continue down the street
to other shops and other avenues

like the magazines
might persuade them

the young boys
and even gentlemen
do look at you
and imagine scenes 
that hollywood restricts 
to 18+ desire

then continue down the street
to other shops and other avenues

without the reference
of a magazine

you however
do look at us

your dreams of freedom
locked within the tears
that no one sees

your unspoken desires 
held prisoner
by more than just the glass

that separates the street
within a shop
without another avenue


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Friday, June 15, 2012

city life

I took this photograph at the Museum of Nature in Ottawa. I was on the 3rd level and shooting across the lobby space ( the open center that goes from the ground floor to the roof ). It is a very impressive space. Anyway, I shot from the older side across the space towards the new side and caught this scene through the glass window that was on the opposite side of the lobby. It created a bit of a surreal scene with the city in the far background and the big blue whale (advertising the whales display), hanging from above. And the window itself provided a nice frame for it all :)

Hope you like the photo and the poem.

[ f/16, 1/50, 24mm, ISO 400 ]
" city life "

city life

indeed
take company with you
when you go
into the city

help with
navigating its
mazes and patterns
is always a good idea

after all
geometry isn't always
easy to apply
in the real world

and

if you should happen
to encounter a whale

you can get
an immediate opinion
about what to do

and then
you can update your social status
to say:

" i saw a whale
in the sky today "

and it would be true

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Thursday, June 7, 2012

And so the 2 of us

Photo taken in the Byward Market area of Ottawa. Two people, a reflection, and a sea of red chairs. Let me know what you think of either the photo or the poem... or both.

"and so the 2 of us..."
[ f/8, 66mm, 1/400 ]

and so the 2 of us

And so the 2 of us
did sit alone

across from our reflections
on what we might have been

and yet

the emptiness around us
moved too quick
and filled the space within

leaving us
to break away
and join the desolation
the screaming quiet din.


Perhaps we should have known

to never sit in places
where chairs are red

and which foreshadow
the sea of
bleeding
wounded hearts

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Monday, May 28, 2012

For Su Zen

I attended a talk by Suzanne Warren Powell as part of an "artist talk series" through the West Carleton Art Society called "Articulate" where I was inspired by her approach to her art and the way that her life's events so vividly impacted her art and her views about art. As she talked about some of the more poignant events in her life, I sketched out the poem that appears below. I was looking for the perfect photo to accompany it and did a search of my photos. Nothing really struck me. Then this past Friday I went on an errand and visited the Shenkman Arts Center and had a chance to wander around its galleries and hallways. It was there, standing on the main floor and looking into the lower level that I saw the effect of sunlight streaming through the coloured panes of glass and throwing patterns on the bottom floor in bold colourful strokes. As the light seemed to be constantly changing due to the sun and cloud coming in the windows, I needed to work quickly from the floor above to capture the photo below. I hope you like both the photo and the poem.

"when light decides to paint"
[ f/11, 1/160, 70mm, ISO 800 ]

when light decides to paint


work rapidly
work boldly

to drop your fears
beneath the canvas

no -

bury them instead
beneath the layers

as you paint
with the pigments
of your pain

friends and lovers
to whom you've revealed
your inner world

will raise a glass

and toast
the shared tasting

the tears

the salty trails
ingrained upon your soul

Suzanne did talk about many happy moments too. In spite of the poem that ended up writing itself during and after the talk, the evening was rather uplifting and the inspiration that she draws from nature and from her son Eric's photography was a joy to experience. I think that when a talk or an encounter with a person sparks your own creativity, there can be no better gift that can be given to you.

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Friday, May 18, 2012

Not poetry... however

It still makes my heart sing. I have to mention that Robbi Hay at the Ottawa Citizen encouraged me to send in some of my photos for the banner that runs across the top of the "Our Town" feature in each Thursday edition. As a result a photo of my grand-daughters graced the newspaper - much to the delight of parents and grand-parents, not to mention the family at large. Of course, it's a cute enough photo that I think it produces a smile regardless of who the girls belong to. Anyway, here is the full page as it appeared in the Ottawa Citizen:
Our Town - Girls in the Garden - full page
and here is a crop that highlights the photo a little more:
Our Town - Girls in the Garden

Once again, a big thanks to Robbi for the encouragement. And I look forward to seeing a few more of my photos as the banner on the "Our Town" feature. I should add that since the banner is a lot wider than it is tall, it gets me looking at some scenes a little differently when it comes to photography. And that's always a good thing when you are given a new way to look at things.

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Winter Trees

I took this photo almost 5 years ago. I'd like to think that the poem has been 5 years in the making. And in some ways it has. I wrote and discarded way more frequently than these trees shed and re-grew their leaves. I hope you like both the photo and the poem.

[ f/11, 1/320, 45mm, ISO 100 ]
Winter Trees

it is a cruel lesson
that winter brings -

demanding survival
by forcing us
to shed all our facades

until we stand
clothed only
in our strongest truths

ready
to face the coming storms

knowing
that the more
we put around us

the larger target
we provide
for the winds
to rage against

it is good sometimes
to stand alone

and when the season
and its storms have passed

we renew our strengths
and sprout our hopes again


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Monday, February 13, 2012

Aging

Perhaps its the long winter nights and the cold.I was looking over some photos in my archives and came across this one I took a couple of years ago. It didn't put me in the best mood - but then, it's probably a good thing to be disturbed at times. I didn't stay where the poem took me. And I'm guessing that's a good thing. However.... spring can't be too far away, can it?

[ f/5.3, 1/640, 55mm, ISO 200 ]
moon rise and setting suns


the setting sun
a moon
and a dying building

brandy slowly melts
the ice it overflows
in the raised glass

silently
i toast your perseverance

and can only hope
that growing old
need not be so lonely


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Sunday, January 29, 2012

In the Middle of It All

I love to come across street art. There is so much possibility for a perfect interaction between art, artist, and both suspecting and unsupecting audiences. I hope you like the photo and the poem that accompanies it.


[ f/9, 1/160, 45mm, ISO 400 ]

In the Middle


some days
your love
rises up in front of me
making me feel small
as i pass in front
of your searing eyes

and i worry
that somewhere behind
there are others
offering gifts to you
and eager
to run me down

until your gaze
shades itself from all others
then falls upon my face

and i lie
reassured once more
in your embrace


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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

anime girl

Sometimes you are just at the right place at the right time. Written for the redhaired woman on markham street unaware of what your presence means to me...


[ f/11 1/60 70mm ISO 400 ]

anime girl

when suddenly
you are there

larger than life
like you just stepped out
of a story
or a comic book

leaving me to wonder

why now
why at this moment

with my camera trained
on the sign on the door

you suddenly appear

and affirm that
a photograph can

just as easily capture
a fantasy
as it records
a concrete scene


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