The Caged Bird

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Was very taken by this from Joel Saarda, writing about his inspiration for photography as part of Week 2, Interdisciplinary.

Joel was referring to Maya Angelou’s “Caged Bird” from Shaker, Why Don’t You Sing? in the Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou (Random House Inc., 1994)

“I also see the photographer as a caged bird. One who desperately wishes to convey something, freely share their song with everyone they can, but perhaps cannot fully do so; they are frustrated by their limited voice or ability, their inability to spread their wings and be what they want to be”

Thoughtful, powerful stuff.

Header Image: Afraid, Mick Yates, 1968, ink on paper

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