The poetic approach to documentary making is often characterised by utilising time and effect to create “an openness of form that facilitates moments of pause and contemplation”. In doing so the intention of the piece becomes greater than simple factual representation.
Frankham speaks about how “de-forming” familiar story shapes can allow for a more poetic approach to documentary. He uses the notion of relationship aesthetic to explain a a de-formed documentary’s generation of critical interaction and enlistment of the audience as co-creators of meaning. He talks about how de-formed poetic structures can break through preconceived ideas or interpretations and allow for new associations to be made in the minds of the audience.