Poetry in Respone to Photography | Andrew Galan

We had the great pleasure of having poet Andrew Galan in the Solo Exhibition Gallery on Sunday 5 June. Andrew presented two new poems, both written in response to photographs by Michael Masters. One poem was inspired by Michael's current exhibition Black & White Landscapes, and the other was inspired by Michael's street photography made in Washington DC. 

I found a synergy between Michael’s work and a poem I have been working on based on images of Appalachia and some streetscapes of the USA. These two areas have been a focus of Michael’s photography exhibited in the Photography Room and the Black and White Landscapes solo exhibition.

A second poem which I started specifically for the exhibition examines the Appalachian Trail and Canberra as the ‘Bush Capital’. This one draws concepts from the photographic exploration of critically endangered tree stands and grassy woodlands in Australia, as well as the Appalachian Trail which was established as a means to conserve natural landscapes in the USA.

After reciting his poems made in response to photographs, Andrew also recited a poem from his recently released book, For All the Veronicas (The Dog Who Staid).

Read Andrew's poems here: 

Andrew Galan performing Appalachian Trail – Conceived by Man – Bushland – Disturbed

Andrew Galan performing Appalachian Trail – Conceived by Man – Bushland – Disturbed