Visual Poetry

Darren Andrew Fielding
2 min readMay 2, 2023


Introducing my photography & poetry- Photoetry

Self-Defacing- Photoem by Darren A Fielding

Scratched out eyes that dare not see
The mess that has become our family

Our land laid waste to make our homes
Our hands make haste with hate
Our hearts defaced by lust

The scratches on the mirrors of our conscience
are made in pain
The colour no longer bleeds from our veins
Just hate

Photoetry is something I think I made up, although maybe not. It’s an amalgamation between two of my favourite creative languages; photography and poetry.

I’ve been writing poetry since I was in primary school and it is a cathartic and almost out-of-body experience for me at times. Writing somehow seems to take all that is within me and splash it out with words.
Often I have to read over my poems many, many times and even read them again months or years later to mine the depths of what I was expressing.

Photography however, is something I’m relatively new at, especially when compared to my 10 000+ hours in poetry. I first began clicking shutter buttons towards the end of 2020 and I haven’t looked back since, well not exactly, I’ve looked back over my photographs to find the ones that speak to me, but you get what I’m saying.

Photo by Mockup Graphics on Unsplash

So in a nutshell, photoetry is me writing a short poem inspired by a photograph I took at some stage and then combining the two in procreate. I have shared 9 of my photoems on my Youtube channel along with my background thinking on each photoem and what inspired them.

I’d appreciate if you shared you thoughts on this creative exploration of mine and would love to see if anyone else would like to try their hands at photoetry.



Darren Andrew Fielding

Believer. Husband. Creative. Photographer. Musician. Poet. Hoper. Writer. Encourager. South African. Human. Crypto Enthusiast.