The Bigger Picture: Visual Archives and the Smithsonian
Poetry in Pictures
The Winter Wonderland set we uploaded to the Flickr Commons is inspiring digital art, crafts, and now, free word association. It is always a wonderful surprise when someone “riffs” on an image (see this inspired history free image association in the Flickr Commons fan group). A little while ago, I stumbled on a secret message attached to this microscopic image of a snowflake captured by Wilson A. “Snowflake” Bentley:
Flickr member, “Miquelet,” posted a passage from French writer, Maxence Fermine’s, novel, Neige (Snow).
"La neige est un poème. Un poème qui tombe des nuages en flocons blancs et légers. " (Translation: "Snow is a poem; a poem that falls from clouds in light, white flakes.")
It is a wistful, beautiful image to think of as the white flakes are showing up around the world. Cheers to riffs!