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How to Combine Photography and Poetry - Rhyming Images

Titia is interested in photography, poetry, family, art, dogs, cats, insects, wildlife, history, war, camping, writing, and the environment.

Rhyming Image

Rhyming Image

Poetry and Photography: Rhyming Images

I have written words in rhyme almost all my life. As a young girl I was really shy and this was my way to express my feelings and communicate with other people. Later on, when I got my first digital camera, I started to write poems to the photos I had made of the beautiful landscape I live in.

Around the year 2000 I think, I joined a poetry group on the internet and I started to write poems in the English language. As English is not my native language, I made many grammar mistakes at first and even 'invented' some new words which made my readers laugh. Thanks to my online poetry friends, who were always willing to help me to get it right, I've learned a lot since then.

Of course in comparison to a native English speaking person, my English vocabulary is rather limited because I don't know all the synonyms of so many words as I do in my own language. However long time ago I found a Van Dale's dictionary program (not online but installed on my pc) which gives not only a translation, but also many examples how and when to use the different synonyms. So most of the time I can put the right word in the right place.

Rhyming Image

Rhyming Image

Rhyming Images Are a Combination of Poetry and Photography

One day I just started to combine my love for writing rhymes and photographing nature's beauty and I call them my Rhyming Images.

"I call them Rhyming Images, the photos of my land,
combined with words that sometimes rhyme,
creations formed by eye and hand".


If you want a preview of my books, you can find them here:

Rhyming Images by Titia Geertman


Self Publishing Today Is Rather Easy and Not Too Expensive

One day I thought it was fun to collect my poems and photos and publish them through one of those POD publishers you can find on the internet. My choice fell upon A very dear and skilled poet friend offered to proof read my poems and I was and still am very grateful for the time he put in to help me publish my poems. He passed away last year way too soon. Bless his beautiful soul.

Book 1 - Rhyming Images - Where I Shall Live and Die

This book is about the beautiful nature and landscape that surrounds me and where I travel through in my country.

Poetry and Photography - Where I shall live and die

Poetry and Photography - Where I shall live and die

Rhyming Images: a page from my book 'Where I shall live and die'.

Rhyming Images: a page from my book 'Where I shall live and die'.

Book 2 - Rhyming Images - the Me and Mine Connection

This book contains poems and photos of family and other things I have closed into my heart.

Poetry and Photography - The me and mine connection

Poetry and Photography - The me and mine connection

Rhyming Images - a page from my book 'The me and mine connection'.

Rhyming Images - a page from my book 'The me and mine connection'.

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Book 3 - Rhyming Images - Seasoning the Sun

This book contains poems and photos of the beautiful sunsets and sunrises I see in my neck of the woods which is called Zeeuws-Vlaanderen. In winter I see the sun actually sink behind the horizon right in front of my house.

Poetry and Photography - Seasoning the Sun

Poetry and Photography - Seasoning the Sun

Rhyming Images - page from my book 'Seasoning the Sun'.

Rhyming Images - page from my book 'Seasoning the Sun'.

Book 4 - Rhyming Images - Reflecting My Soul in Water

This book contains poems about and photos of the ancient creeks where I live, the big rivers that cross my country and the North Sea that borders the whole West side of my country which is for two/third below sea level.

Poetry and Photography - Reflecting my soul in water

Poetry and Photography - Reflecting my soul in water

Rhyming Images - page from my book 'Reflecting my soul in water'.

Rhyming Images - page from my book 'Reflecting my soul in water'.

Book 5 - Rhyming Images - Spiders in My Head

This book contains poems about and photos of the spiders and spider webs in my house, barn and garden. I just love the way spiders build there homes and though I'm not too fond of picking them up, I'm fascinated by their world.

Poetry and Photography - Spiders in my head

Poetry and Photography - Spiders in my head

Rhyming Images - a page from my book 'Spiders in my head'.

Rhyming Images - a page from my book 'Spiders in my head'.

Poll about Writing Poetry

What Triggers Me to Write a Poem to a Photo?

Ever so often when I travel through my country or just look out the windows of my house I am compelled by the beauty of nature. Land, sky and water - it's all there in this little country of mine called the Netherlands. The only thing we don't have are mountains but I don't mind that at all. The beauty of my country lies in the openness of the landscape, small dykes with trees, low horizon and therefore lots of sky with beautuful clouds.

I see what the famous 17th century Dutch painters saw, the Dutch light is special they say and I think they're right. At one time I started to capture nature's beauty with my digital camera and when I looked at the photos words popped into my head and I wrote them down. I not only write poems to photos, but I like to put them in the photo. That's how it all begun.

Maybe not so strange as it seams. My dad, Synco Schram de Jong (1910-1984), was an artist and one of his great-great uncles, Synco Reijnders (1793-1873), was rather famous for writing poetry in his local dialect (He's on Wikipedia but it's in Dutch only).

The Inner Me - No One Knows the Inner Me, but Me

Our photo club once got invited by a Salsa dance group to take pictures at one of there evening meetings . It was rather dark in that location and they were all dancing and hopping around. I had taken a lot of pictures but I thought most of my photos had turned out bad and blurry. Then I saw the picture below and though the picture was not sharp, I saw the pleasure of dancing in this lady's smile.

Salsa dancing

Salsa dancing

In Loving Memory: Marge Tindal

In Loving Memory: Marge Tindal

Passions in Poetry - A Family of Friends

Marge Tindal was one of the poets I met on the poetry website Passions in Poetry and she became my friend for life after meeting her in 2002, when I travelled to the USA to meet some of the poets I had met on this poetry website. Marge was a successful author and poet. She also loved full moons and wrote lots of poems in full moon shape.

Marge passed away on January 26, 2009. In a tribute to her memory and with the consent of her children, I've collected all her moon poems and put them in a book as a memory gift for her children, including my own farewell moon poems.

Marge was also famous for her American native poetry and published her book "Out of the Whispering Winds".

Marge Tindall at a book signing session.

Marge Tindall at a book signing session.

One of the twelf poems I wrote during the year following Marge Tindal's death.

One of the twelf poems I wrote during the year following Marge Tindal's death.

Will you still love me when I'm dead?

Will you still love me when I'm dead?

I Love to Write the Japanese 5-7-5 Haiku

I really love the 5-7-5 syllables Haiku because a Haiku always tells you something about nature.

Haiku - Blues of the Irisses

Haiku - Blues of the Irisses

Haiku - a moment of perfection

Haiku - a moment of perfection

Haiku - Guirlande d'Amour

Haiku - Guirlande d'Amour

That's How I Do It - Combining Photography and Poetry

My words are not complicated, intricated or sophisticated,
they're simplified and quite easy to comprehend.
They might either be visionary or bearing some truth,
but they're all mine from the start until the end.

© 2010 Titia Geertman

Write me a rhyme if you have time....

Kathy...... on October 03, 2018:

Love your images and words. Am also middle age and am looking into a similar idea. I would love to have you email if you have time. Would just like to know how you got started into this. And how you found audience for your projects. Thankyou

Annie from NewYork on March 10, 2018:

Interesting piece..

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on October 08, 2017:

Great photos and great poems. Rhyming words is part of poetry, when it's not free verse. I rarely read poetry, but I did write poetry a decade ago. I have some poetry hubs here at HP, if you want to check them out. I can see the photos and poems in a poetry book or chapbook. Very insightful and visual too.

yayang0405 lm on June 05, 2014:

Great lens. Thanks for sharing.

John Dyhouse from UK on February 16, 2013:

Thanks for the chance to read your poetry, also I looked at a couple of your blurb books, really very good. I had been here before but came back for a second read and this time left a little angel dust.

ideadesigns on December 10, 2012:

Thanks for the lovely words about Christmas!

June Nash on December 10, 2012:

A lens dedicated to beautiful poetry and art. It is lovely!

jejoju on September 02, 2012:

I always like, no love your lens you write. It inspires me and makes me feel something just like a light. Thank you for making these super lenses.

malena10 on August 05, 2012:

Congrats for purple star!

WaynesWorld LM on January 06, 2012:

Photos in Flight

Your words are weak

your words are strong

with a passonate tweak

emerges your heart song.


Watch the words

that pass your lips

like magical birds

with wings clipped.


Time put in

a well spent endeavor

picture, paper, pen

she's oh so clever.


There's no magic

photos and words

nothing tragic

just unclipped birds.

sarita from Hisar on December 26, 2011:

This is a fantastic lens. Poetry and photography is my passion. I loved your lens. I will surely come back again. You have really done a wonderful job here...Thank you for sharing.

Lorelei Cohen from Canada on December 01, 2011:

Your images are so very charming. My daughter writes a lot of poetry and I think your art style would suit her words and images very much. I will suggest to her that she experiment with this style when she has more free time.

Mary Beth Granger from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA on September 09, 2011:

I really enjoyed both the poetry and the photography in this lens...thank you. blessed by a squidangel.

MegStewart LM on April 30, 2011:

beautiful lens, very inspiring

darciefrench lm on April 10, 2011:

Angel blessed and featured on Facebook Poetry.

CruiseReady from East Central Florida on March 18, 2011:

Lovely lens. Beautiful poems and photos

Barbara Tremblay Cipak from Toronto, Canada on March 06, 2011:

lovely lens, really beautiful

Virginia Allain from Central Florida on March 05, 2011:

This is inspiring. I love photography and had wondered what to do with all the lovely images. Guess I'll have to start writing poems to go with them.

I hope you'll make a lens about your mom and her computer. People are always amazed at my mom (87) using the computer. She scans old photos and sends them to me by email.

deyanis from Oz on March 03, 2011:

Love your photography and poetry passion, the rhyme of each picture match perfectly with your beautiful poetry. Your poem about Marge brought tears to my eyes, it's amazing how poetry can touch people's heart --- Blessed and your lens is now showcased on my baby angel lens ---

John Dyhouse from UK on March 03, 2011:

beautiful, love your rhyming books

sukkran trichy from Trichy/Tamil Nadu on February 28, 2011:

awesome lens. wonderful photos+poems. ~blessed by a squid angel~

Jen from Canada on February 07, 2011:

Beautiful words and pictures. Your rhyming images are fantastic. My favorite is the one with the unraveling of tangled thoughts.

Ruthi on January 28, 2011:

Way to go, Mom!

Titia Geertman (author) from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands on January 26, 2011:

@natashaely: Hi thanks for liking the first poem. I wrote that to my hubbies wonderful aquarel.

Copyright is mine, but I give you permission to hang it somewhere in your house as long as you remember that I wrote it.

natashaely on January 26, 2011:

I love the first poem. Your writing is wonderful and the pictures are beautiful. I hope to read more of yours and I have bookmarked it to come back often. I would like to print out the first one, is there a copyright on it for just me in my house? Wonderful lens :)

Liz Mackay from United Kingdom on January 23, 2011:

Love the porm about your Mum and computing.

Candor on December 24, 2010:

Your poetry is excellent, and the part about your friend was very touching. Good luck with your writing endeavors.

Titia Geertman (author) from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands on December 08, 2010:

@LizMac60: Thank you so much for coming back and blessing my lens.

Liz Mackay from United Kingdom on December 08, 2010:

Love the poems. Blessed by a squid angel.

Titia Geertman (author) from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands on November 29, 2010:

@Jack2205: Thank you for blessing my lens.

Titia Geertman (author) from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands on November 29, 2010:

@LisaAuch1: Sorry, I almost forgot to thank you for your blessing.

Jack on November 24, 2010:

Beautiful poetry. Blessed by a Squid Angel.

VincentEllis on November 19, 2010:

Lovely lens :)

Lisa Auch from Scotland on November 18, 2010:

Poetry is the words to your heart! BLessed by a passing Angel!

Liz Mackay from United Kingdom on November 17, 2010:

Love the poems.

Evelyn Saenz from Royalton on November 16, 2010:

Beautiful poetry!

ChemKnitsBlog2 on November 16, 2010:

Thank you for sharing your poetry. Keep writing! :)

Jacqueline Marshall from Chicago area on November 15, 2010:

Thanks for checking out my Poetry Anthologies lens. I love to write poetry too, and enjoyed

reading some of yours.

LivingLife on November 14, 2010:

I love reading and writing poetry. My style is like yours, rhyming. I used to think it was old-fashioned because everything I was seeing was the more "modern" form. I guess if I were trained in writing poetry, I would better understand the other methods. But, to me, the rhyming seems to hit closer to the heart. Maybe it's because I'm an old-fashioned kind of gal. Love your lens and your poetry. Was also encouraged to see your have done some books with your poetry and photography. Good luck with them!

kimmanleyort on November 13, 2010:

Well, thank you so much for stopping by my photography and poetry lens. Your books and poetry are amazing and beautiful. I love that you have met some of your poetry friends and even created the book for your friend that passed away. Keep up the great work. Lensrolled to exploring edges.

hexagon on November 13, 2010:

Nice poems. I enjoyed the poem about your mom, hope I still... when I turn 99..

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