‘Still I Rise’
Photo links to the five in the middle:
In giving my narrative a title I struggled. I wanted to capture the fall out of reality, the rise into dream world, the fall out of dream world, and the rise into reality. Falling always makes one leave, and rising always is associated with the rejoining of the world. Yet, most of the commenters focused on ‘falling,’ not the exuberant rise in the dream or the more sober rise of the sun. I wondered if my title talked about the rising, it would offer a different lens for the spectator to interpret the narrative. Maya Angelou’s title of her poem, Still I Rise, made an impression on me. This title focuses on the constant rise that accompanies every fall. The title Still I Rise may persuade the reader to detect the positive message in a narrative. Perhaps, this will not take away from the impact of the falls, but in fact make them more salient. I hope using that title is not looked down upon because it is not so ‘original’ but I feel like it encapsulates what I want to represent with my narrative. The title contains the only words I am adding. As I stated in my earlier reflection, each photograph informs the one before and the one after it, following Mohr and Berger. The spectator needs no guidance to see the order of events. From the few who commented on it without knowing the story, it seemed as though the big ideas came across. My title is only a reading that I find most interesting, goading the spectator to find it too. However, whatever meaning a spectator finds in a story or anything creative is encouraged by me –I guess that is the Barthes in my ideology. My perspective on my narrative always contained the tension between night and day, but it was not until I synthesized me peer’s ideas and my ideas came into focus. With their input, I came up with the title and clarified my inner dialogue when reading the narrative. With a creative work, the conversation between the work, the author, and the spectator are what in my mind make a creative piece work. My favorite part of interacting with a creative work is this conversation or dialogue.