ZIP Final Response

ZIP Final Response

  1. What is your inquiry question? What initially drew you to this question? Did your question stay the same, or did it change overtime? Why?

My inquiry question is, “how can visuals enhance or decrease the effectiveness of poetry?” When I first thought of this idea, it seemed like destiny. Poetry and photography both interested me for a long time, and their correlation with one another intrigued me. Two pre-existing passions of mine could enhance one another. Poetry constantly acts as an outlet in my life, but I never received the time to focus and develop poems to their best form. The chance to further this knowledge and passion exhilarated me. Photography constantly enticed me in the past, but, much like poetry, I never got the time necessary to fully focus and harness this skill. This inquiry question had potential to further current passions and reveal different aspects of them. I always perceived poetry solely in an emotional sense and photography in an analytical sense. My main intrigue with this inquiry began with the potential of, when combined, the analytical/research side of poetry and the emotional aspect of photography could begin to reveal itself. With all this knowledge and new perception, my passions had potential to further flourish. My question remained the same the entire journey. I chose an open-ended question with room for interpretation. The question allowed me to fully explore visuals and literature yet provided a path to follow. My inquiry required no change as I truly believe, I picked the perfect question.

  1. What skills have you expanded on / learned during the inquiry process? How are these skills applicable to your success as a student?

I not only expanded on my photography and poetry skills, my emotional awareness, hard work, and leadership abilities grew. Through this project, I learnt to be vulnerable in the open. Sharing your poetry with the world is daunting as it’s a piece of your soul on paper. Despite the intimidating part, it taught me to trust those around me in being vulnerable. This project was truly independent, and I had to direct myself and follow my deadlines. In all honesty, ZIP brought out the peak of my autonomy. I learnt to dedicate myself fully to a project and follow through, a quality that will be necessary for the next few months of TALONS. I also expanded on my leadership abilities, a trait also necessary in TALONS. Directing my models and telling them to go to certain positions required a friendly type of authority yet I handled it naturally. I surprised myself with how naturally it came to me. Stepping outside my comfort zone, not only expanded current skills, it showed me skills I didn’t realize I had.

  1. What did you learn about / what is your answer to this inquiry question? Remember to be specific and provide direct evidence from your research.

I learnt the power of visuals when combined with poetry. Visuals and literature target different areas of the brain, and when combined, the poetry springs to life. For example, take movies. Movies are literature brought together by visuals. My booklet is much like a still movie. Through my inquiry question, I discovered how much emotional value a picture can carry. At first my poems were impactful, but I wanted to take them a step further. As soon as I added a photo, I not only felt the poem, I saw it. The poems enhanced certain aspects of the photos while the photos enhanced certain aspects of the poem. Through my research, I reaffirmed my current beliefs.

  1. In what ways does your final learning artefact demonstrate your learning / answer to your inquiry question?How does it connect to your chosen curricular competencies? Consider listing your competencies and including images, links, or excerpts from your work to demonstrate this.

I chose to do a poetry and photography book as my final learning artifact. For each poem the book holds, a picture(s) is matched. The picture and poem correlate with one another and enhance the overall message. My inquiry question, “how can visuals enhance or decrease the effectiveness of poetry,” exactly portrays the purpose of my book. My book, Naked Reality, answers my inquiry perfectly as it forces me to explore the question with a hands-on learning method. Learning from experience motivates and drills information into my brain compared to sole research. My learning artifact hones into all my chosen curricular competencies: construct meaningful personal connections between self, text, and world, respond to text in personal, creative, and critical ways, and think critically, creatively, and reflectively to explore ideas within, between, and beyond texts. This perfectly correlates with my artifact as the emotional value of poetry and photography forced me to create meaningful personal connections, the deepness of my poetry and photography forced me to delve into my emotions and think reflectively and creatively, I thought critically when planning the photograph for each picture, and responded to the text in personal, creative, and critical ways through the poems and photograph’s emotional and aesthetic value. The editing of the poems and the planning of the photos took a more analytical and critical approach, while the writing of the poems and the brainstorming of the photos took a more creative and personal approach. For example, here is editing and planning for a poem which demonstrates critical thinking, as well as the photograph and poem base which demonstrates creativity:

the chains of their mild flirtation
held her eccentricity captive
they stole eighteen months
547 sleepless nights
bags under her eyes,
she mustered all her energy
and yanked free from their shallow restraints

female dressed in ‘grunge-like’ clothing, potentially distressed denim/flannel with grey sweater
hands held onto and pushing against fence, perceiving as trapped and trying to get out
focus on hands and fence, have other background blurred out
yellow-ish tones, lower saturation, higher contrast, slightly lower brightness, sharper focus
lens aperture= f/ 4 – f/ 5.6
further research on creating yellow tones in pictures

5. What resources did you find useful during your inquiry and why were they useful? (Cite at least four resources you consulted, with links, and write a brief 50-100 response as to was important to your learning).

“Photography and Poetry.” The Photographers’ Gallery, 24 Oct. 2018,

This site revealed a more professional side of poetry and photography. It gave insight into their correlation as well as specific details to mastering these skills. The information clearly explained the process to effective poems and photographs. It maintained a professional and helpful point of view. I appreciated this as most sites showed me creative and emotional aspects.

“Poetry Foundation.” Poetry Foundation, Poetry Foundation,

This site provided help on the inspirational aspect. I received the opportunity to study different author’s word choices, techniques, and sentence structures. This site provided thousands of different poems with different authors and perspectives. All the poems had different tones and styles which proved to be extremely helpful compared to one sole book.

“11 Tips for Beginner Photographers.” Digital Photography School, Digital Photography School, 13 Sept. 2011,

I came into this project with little camera experience. As an amateur photographer, it allowed me to see the different controls needed to create a good picture. This site, and specifically article, showed direct and simple information while still being thorough. The digital photography school site opened my eyes to different functions of the camera in a helpful, beginner manner. Out of the many photography sites I studied, this one awarded the most consistently understandable information.

“20 Best Tips for Poets.”, 20 Dec. 2016,

This helped me as it provided me simple, straightforward advice to writing poetry. As I didn’t have to scroll through long paragraphs it made everything direct and easily accessible. I appreciated this as it was easy, straightforward, and helpful. Continually looking upon poetry in a creative manner, this site provided straightforward, direct tips. Not having to scroll through long paragraphs for key points made this site easily accessible and helpful. Writer’s digest maintains a reputation as a reliable source. This article fully passed the CRAP test and answered majority of my questions. Overall, this site deserves five stars out of five.

  1. What new questions do you have about your inquiry? What motivates you or excites you about these questions?

“Why is it so rare to see integration of photography and poetry when they hold such potential when combined?”

This question interests me as throughout this inquiry I’ve learnt the wondrous abilities between poetry and photography collaboration. This new insight makes me curious as to why this connection hasn’t been further explored throughout the world.

“Can photography be integrated into descriptive writing?”

This question excites me as I’ve explored poetry’s correlation. I feel as if it may be difficult to photograph creative writing as it is often more descriptive, however, I believe taking on that challenge might be interesting and engaging. Especially, now with better photography abilities.


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