Sean Lotman is interested in the narrative potential of photography. In an ongoing project called I Do Haiku You, he composes haiku and senryu poetry to companion images taken with a Diana F+.
This is from a show of whirling dervish in Istanbul, Turkey. They have an extraordinary talent to ‘whirl’ in place for up to one hour— a very graceful performance one must indulge in should one find oneself in Turkey. This was shot with a Diana F+ and 400NC with flash.
Everything I Need to Know I Know From Fred Astaire
to make women swoon
all you need is confidence
and a smart two-step
In Sean’s own words, “These varieties of Japanese verse are concerned with physical and human nature, composed in a taut structure as to suggest a moment, much in the way a photograph does. Haiku poetry, like photography, has an instant, strong, fairly emotional resonance. Put together these two art forms enhance each others power so that, very briefly, a story is told.”