Confluence: Poetry & Photography is an experiment to create an interaction between poetry and photographs with the goal of producing an experience that is greater than the sum of the components.
Both forms of expression - poetry and photography - are evocative and may present information in either an ambiguous or a certain manner. Regardless of their form, both poems and photographs invite interpretation through reflection and reaction. The acts of reading and of viewing are evocative as the item - poem or photograph - elicits a host of associations. In addition to these reactions, the reader/viewer thinks about the meaning of what is being read or seen. These responses and actions represent the gestalt, the organized whole, of perception and interpretation which give meaning to art.
The poems in this collection include the works of T.S. Eliot, Donald Hall, Jane Hirshfield, and others. David J. Pittenger offers a series of black-and-white and color photographs that, while not providing a literal interpretation of the poems, present a visual corollary.
About the Author:
David J. Pittenger is an experimental psychologist and works as an academic administrator at Marshall University in Huntington, WV. As a psychologist, he is interested in the process of sensation and perception that allow us to detect and respond to our environment. Much of our perception depends on emotional and learned reactions, and our ability to associate different events and sensations. His scholarly work includes research that analyzes the persistence of learned human behavior that is no longer rewarded, the statistical properties and validity of various measures of personality, and ethical matters related to social science research. He has also written a number of textbooks on statistics and research methods.