Imagination. A Photography and Poetry Prompt

Imagination. A Photography and Poetry Prompt

It’s funny how sometimes things happen for a reason, isn’t it? I left my poetry and photography prompts last week to share the reading I wrote for a friends wedding – which was extremely well-received – and also because I couldn’t really think of anything for the prompt ‘imagination’.

Last night Ross and I were watching Greys Anatomy and there was a presentation from Dr Amelia Shepherd about a tumour that she was due to operate on. She called the part of the brain that helps feed your imagination ‘the dreambox’. This then helped me come up with an idea for my poem, below.

The image is of a light trail over a wine glass. I have been practising this as part of a monthly assignment set by Practical Photography magazine. It was taken in a dark room with the camera mounted on a tripod. The camera was on manual mode with the settings ISO100, 30″ shutter speed, aperture of F16 and set on manual focus. I used the timer setting of 10 seconds for minimal camera shake. I used a mini magnalite torch with the bulb exposed to draw round the subject. The only edit was cropping the image. To me, the light trail looks like a spooky potion spilling over the top – just in time for Halloween! For a recording of me reading ‘Imagination’, please click on the link below the written version of the poem.


The dreambox that’s inside my brain
It helps me see things time and again
Not things in the sense of real
Nor the ones you touch or feel

The things I mean, they aren’t quite there
They are my castles in the air
The things that appear to me in my dreams
When something isn’t always what it seems

The presence of someone watching over
The fairies that dance among the clover
The clouds that form pictures in the sky
The things you see in your minds’ eye

A daydream or a flight of fancy
Pretending to hunt zombies as a vigilante
Walking on pavements, don’t step on a crack!
The bear might be there behind your back

So you see all this visualisation
By some, may be called an hallucination
But I can’t stand all that speculation
To me, it is my imagination

Victoria Welton 21st October 2015

Prose for Thought

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  1. November 3, 2015 / 1:41 pm

    That photo is stunning! Wow!

  2. October 27, 2015 / 6:36 pm

    Hi Victoria, now that is one stunning photo, that one day I’d like to be able to emulate! It looks so unreal! The poem is beautiful too. I’ve never thought about it before, but there is a thin line between imagination and hallucination.

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  3. October 27, 2015 / 11:19 am

    That is GREAT shot. I get that magazine too, it has a lot of cool stuff in. I have not done any light painting though, but you have inspired me to give it a try

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  4. October 26, 2015 / 10:24 pm

    I love what you’ve done with the light and the glass, it really does look like something wild and out of control spilling out and your poem is very clever too, particularly the last verse. (Having never met you, I loved hearing your voice too!)
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  5. October 26, 2015 / 9:51 pm

    OOh I love Grey’s Anatomy but am a now a season behind, I must catch up! What a fab photograph, it really coveys the theme of your prose perfectly. Congratulations again for another great poem. Thank you so much for linking up to My Captured Moment x
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  6. October 26, 2015 / 8:16 am

    This is so, so clever and creative. I can see why they photo prompted the poem. What a stunning photograph and a beautiful poem.xx #mysundayphoto
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  7. BloggerMummyLauren
    October 25, 2015 / 9:57 pm

    What a fantastic effect, great camera skills! I’d like to try something like this, it does look like potion spilling out! Beautiful poem too x
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  8. Jacq
    October 25, 2015 / 5:56 pm

    That’s an amazing photo. Well done.
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  9. October 25, 2015 / 4:54 pm

    This looks great – I’ve never seen anything like this before #MySundayPhoto
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  10. October 25, 2015 / 3:55 pm

    How effective is that! It sounds easy but *cough cough* I’m sure it isn’t.

    Love your poem too Victoria.
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  11. October 25, 2015 / 1:48 pm

    That looks great. I’ve always wondered how this is achieved… But it sounds way more complicated than I had hoped.
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  12. October 25, 2015 / 12:13 pm

    That picture is stunning. It’s lovely to hear you reading your poem, it brings it to life xx
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  13. October 25, 2015 / 9:34 am

    Great shot. Well worked out. I think I need to practise these in time for Bonfire night and sparklers.
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  14. October 25, 2015 / 9:25 am

    That’s an amazing shot! Looks like something out of a film. You are so talented Vic! #MySundayPhoti
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  15. October 25, 2015 / 7:15 am

    That photo is amazing – and yes, it does look a little like a spooky potion. I love the poem too, the third verse especially sums up imagination so beautifully and I love the repeated rhymes in the last verse πŸ™‚
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  16. October 25, 2015 / 6:14 am

    The wine glass had me mesmerised. I had to keep looking at it. It’s a wonderful capture and accompanied by your wonderful poem x
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  17. October 25, 2015 / 5:39 am

    Great poem, and I’m loving the photo. Presumably this is a long exposure time, use of some kind of torch with some impressive editing? I’m loving it, however it’s done! #MySundayPhoto
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  18. October 25, 2015 / 4:41 am

    Lovely poem and I just love the effects on that photo. You should do a whole series on the one glass, it looks so good!

  19. October 25, 2015 / 1:18 am

    Such an interesting shot it got me clicking over. I must try light painting at some point. I love the interplay of light with the crystal in juxtaposition to the wood.
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  20. Leslie
    October 25, 2015 / 12:35 am

    I love my imagination, I think it’s a great thing. It can help when your stressed or when things get bad.
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  21. October 25, 2015 / 12:22 am

    Incredible photo Victoria, the effect is amazing.
    It was great to hear you reading your poem too. Thanks for sharing.
    I hope you have a great Sunday ;D

  22. October 25, 2015 / 12:18 am

    I love this photo; the effect is magical and very cleverly done. I can see how the idea of a ‘dreambox’ can spark so many avenues of the imagination and I think you’ve captures the spark of imagination really well in your poem. It’s beautiful how you’ve brought the image & words together.

  23. October 25, 2015 / 12:18 am

    I love this! Such a beautiful photos – full of imagination indeed. xx
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  24. October 23, 2015 / 4:19 pm

    Smashing on both counts.

    Painting with light is something I haven’t tried yet, though I did finally switch the Nikon to manual this week for my Sunday photo!

    Great poem. I sometimes wish I could switch my vivid imagination off but it does produce some good stuff amongst the weird claptrap! πŸ™‚


  25. October 22, 2015 / 8:16 pm

    Love the photo, so clever! The words are wonderful too, I especially like the third verse. You have described imagination so well x
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  26. October 22, 2015 / 1:04 pm

    That photograph is so amazing! It’s one of my favorites so far. It’s the perfect photo to go with your lovely the poem and the prompt of imagination. I must say, I do love listening to you read your own work. Your words take a different tone and I feel as though I understand your message a bit more. Thank you for always indulging us with your work on #ThePrompt! Have a fantastic rest of the day!
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  27. October 22, 2015 / 8:47 am

    Your photo is mesmerising! I love that the imagination is referred to as the dreambox. That is indeed great poetic inspiration. I love this one, as usual. Thanks for hosting #prose4t
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  28. October 22, 2015 / 8:28 am

    What a fascinating photo! I’m not surprised you found it so inspirational! I can certainly see similarities between that chaotic pattern and what goes on in my head!
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